The Original One O’Clock Gun
Our New York Pub-style bar is named for an actual artillery device – a field cannon that was mounted at Morpeth Dock in Liverpool. At one o’clock on 21st September 1867 the cannon fired for the first time, marking the hour for the docks and the city. It would do so every day, dead on one o’clock, for more than a century.
The sound of the one o’clock gun was vital, especially for a busy shipping port like Liverpool. Ships came in from all over the world, having crossed various time zones to get here. The boom of the one o’clock gun allowed sailors to set their watches to local times and for the ships to confirm their chronometers were accurate. Since everyone in Liverpool and its environs knew what the cannon sound signified, they could also set their clocks and watches to ensure they kept regular time.
For generations, the sound of the one o’clock gun was the signal for the people of Liverpool that it was time for lunch. Today, the original cannon – a relic from the Crimean War – can be found on the quayside near the Liverpool Maritime Museum, right here on the Albert Dock.