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Perched on top of Signal Hill in Cape Town is Lion’s Battery, a naval base where the Noon Gun is fired daily at precisely 12 noon, the only exceptions being Sundays and public holidays. On occasion, the gun is used to fire a 21-gun salute to welcome a dignitary to the city and is also fired on the day of the Gun Run, a popular half-marathon run through the streets of Cape Town.
The Noon Gun has operated since 1806 when the British, masters of the Cape Colony at the time, placed two cannons in the town to be used as both a time signal and to notify residents of an arriving ship. The blasts often shattered window panes and it was only much later that the cannons were moved to Signal Hill.
Passing ships would use the gun blast (or at least the plume of smoke generated by the blast) as a means of checking... Show more
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