Not quite, Andrew - the sun supposedly never set on the British Empire! It just never got to shining very brightly on this bit. Moving to Oz is an attractive proposition, but these days it costs too much to get there. Not like in our parents' time, when you just needed to produce a tenner. Or in our great grandparents' time, when all you had to do was steal a loaf of bread.
Bryan: One clock would surely have been on ship's time. The other I was speculating about since it is known that two master clocks were carried on board. If I am right, and I do say IF, then they both would show the same time. I was hoping that someone else may have more information about this.
The electro-magnetic master clock (on Olympic at least) was in the chart room. The clock did not show seconds, only minutes, and was in a weatherproof case. Captain Smith is on record as saying ‘when the minute hand comes to past the line of the minute, the effect is that the finger moves and that releases the contact, and the whole [hand] goes with a jump.’ Smith also said ‘We have two [master clocks]. They have a large system in the ship, and they put in two [clocks] to work the whole lot.’ That implies to me that they kept the same time and there were two clocks because of the number of clocks onboard. There was a wheelhouse clock too. I'm a bit of an idiot as far as this topic is concerned, that's the only information I have to hand -- make of it what you will.
Mark: Thanks for the information with Smith's explanation. If I am right, the ship had 48 slave clocks work off these masters. I think I read somewhere that one of these masters could actually control up to 100 slaves, but that's another story.
Bob: You may be right about the instrument between the phones being a barometer. Expanding the picture, it doesn't look like a clock face to me. My mentioning of there being two clocks in the wheelhouse comes from Hichens' testimony.
BI 944. Were there two clocks in the wheelhouse? - Yes.
As regards to two wheelhouse clocks, on Olympic Smith always referred to the 'wheelhouse clock' using the singular rather than the plural. Whether he was merely refering to one of two, whether Titanic's wheelhouse clock arrangement was different...well, how can we know?