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In 1795 during the Napoleonic Wars, Britain took the Cape Colony from the Dutch East India Company ((De) Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) in Dutch).
The VOC transferred its territories and claims to the Batavian Republic in 1798 and ceased to exist in 1799.
the ball would be dropped at the Observatory – an observer on Signal Hill would then drop that more prominent ball too.
When setting their chronometers, mariners adjusted their observation of the time ball on Signal Hill by a second to allow for the relay from the observatory.
For this reason ships marked their time by the puff of smoke rather than the sound, and this is one reason the guns are sited high above Cape Town Harbour.
The invention of the more accurate time ball in 1818 soon made time guns redundant for mariners wishing to set their chronometers.
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A South African Navy duty officer is present to manually fire the backup gun in case of some failure with the active gun.Sailing ships were slow by modern standards and could not store fresh food for long periods, so the provisioning of vessels was one of the major commercial functions at Cape Town in those olden days.Indeed, the city was widely renowned as "The Tavern of the Seas".The use of the guns to indicate that a ship was in port was discontinued when more modern means of communication became available somewhat more than a hundred years ago.The original guns – 18-pounder, smoothbore muzzle-loaders – are still in use today.