[tz] TIme in Belize
eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Sun Nov 8 03:37:59 UTC 2020
On 11/7/20 2:24 PM, Steve Allen wrote:
> Ships with significant draft cannot approach Belize City, and it is
> plausible that the conventional time for Belize was set for a
> longitude off shore where the ships could anchor as contrasted
> with any point on the land itself.
Yes, I agree that this is a plausible explanation, one that I also thought of.
The question, though, is whether there was an official time in Belize city
> The 1912 record for the change in the time should be believed
> whether or not it corresponds to a longitude of a known place.
Also agreed, if it were a 1912 record but it's not; it's dated 1927, and says
that local time was -06 from 1912 on, which means it doesn't address the issue
Here's what the cited 1927 source says:
"WHEREAS since the first day of April One thousand nine hundred and twelve the
Standard Time adopted and observed in the Colony has been seven minutes,
seventeen and twenty-seven hundredths seconds (7′ 17″.27) later than the local
mean time at Belize and six hours later than Greenwich mean time :"
This says nothing about civil time observed in Belize city *before* 1912; it's
only an old-fashioned way to specify civil time in Belize *after* 1912.
Possibly a Belize Mean Time was specified sometime before 1912, which
established -05:52:42.73 as civil time throughout the city or even the colony.
In that case, we could add a line switching from LMT to this time. We would need
a source for this, though.
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