John L Boyce Esquire
Master Of Ship Somoena
Our Time Ball at New Castle is dropped at 1pm Sydney zone time that is: exactly ten hours from Greenwich meantime. We drop at 1pm to give time to observe sun and correct clock, which then drops the ball and sends signals to Newcastle for five minutes to adjust Newcastle clock exactly. Newspapers here will not publish daily note of Time Ball and it is supposed to be in the Harbor Regulations.
Will you accept the enclosed with my compliments. Some interesting facts are coming out of the current papers.
Yours Very Truly
H C Russell