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The Story Behind the Lucea Clock Tower

If an order was delivered to you in error, would you keep it?

Lucea Clock Tower with distinctive looking helmet

Lucea Clock Tower, Hanover Jamaica

That was the question the residents of Hanover had to answer when they received this clock instead of the one they ordered. The mistake wasn’t theirs of course. It seems that the captain of the ship that was taking the clock they received, a gift from Germany to the people of the island of St. Lucia, got confused and delivered it to Lucea instead of St. Lucia.

It was an honest mistake on the captain’s part. Lucea, the capital of the parish of Hanover, had been known at various times as Sant Lucea, St. Lucia, and St. Lucea. I’m not sure what it was being called then but I can easily see how the captain could’ve become confused, especially since Jamaica was probably better known than St. Lucia.

Unfortunately, for the St. Lucians, the people of Lucea fell in love with the clock, which was designed to resemble the helmet worn by the German Royal Guard, and decided to keep it — the one they had ordered was more modest — and took up a collection to pay for the difference in cost. A German landowner paid for the tower and the clock was installed in 1817. It is an eye catching landmark that seems has been watching over the town of Lucea for almost 200 years.

No word on what the St. Lucians thought of the Hanoverians’ highjacking of their clock or if theirs still stands.

While most towns in Jamaica still have their clock tower, none has as fascinating a history as the one in Lucea.

This is my submission to Travel Photo Thursday, which is organized by Nancie at Budget Travelers Sandbox. Be sure to head over and check out more photos from locations around the world.

This week, I’m also linking up with the Friday Daydreaming series organized by Becca at Rwethereyetmom. Hope to see you there!



  1. I agree with you, Marcia :) Beautiful story…
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  2. Haha, what a great mistake! To bad for St. Lucia!;-)
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  3. Fabulous story, and gorgeous clocktower.
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  4. Great story! There’s one word that sums it up for me…fate!
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  5. I’d definitely keep the clock tower :) Thanks for this bit of trivia.
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  6. What a beautiful story… Good for them to have paid of the difference. 😉

  7. What an unusual feature! Based on a helmet, that explains it. I also like the combination clock and window that combine to look like a keyhole.
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  8. Jeffrey Willius says:

    Thanks for your comment at One Man’s Wonder! I’m glad it’s prompted me to drop in and see your beautiful blog.
    I’ve got to get to Jamaica; so many fascinating stories like this one. God willing… BTW, I have been to St. Lucia and found it wonderful.
    Keep up the good work, my friend! I look forward to following.

  9. I really like stories that make otherwise rather ordinary things stand out as something special.
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  10. Yes, I wonder what the St. Lucians thought. Great story.
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  11. Such an interesting story and what a great looking clock. I can totally see a helmet. I guess Jamaica was meant to have this clock :)
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  12. What a great story! Love the clock tower – it looks like it’s watching over town!
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  13. Okay, this one made me laugh! Great story and you told it so well!
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  14. Sounds like they chose well as it’s still standing, and looking very fine.
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  15. I love these little quirky stories in the history of places to visit. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Fascinating story of the watch!! And it is beautiful, no wonder the people fell in love with it! Thanks for this post Marcia :)
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  17. An honest mistake that led to a place’s landmark.

  18. Hi Marcia;

    Thanks for the Lucea Clock trivia and the walk through Peppermint memories. Always refreshing to read your blog.

    Have a treasure-filled day, today and always!
    Klassi K

  19. Lovely story .
    Enjoyed the share. Thanks .

  20. Very cool story. I can understand why Lucea wanted to keep the clock, it’s beautiful!
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  21. OK, I’ll be the guy with no tact who says that I don’t actually like the look of the tower. It does represent a German helmet very well…that’s just not the look I’d want on my clock tower. I do however, absolutely love the story of how Lucea ended up with the clock. That easily trumps any aesthetic concerns I might have with the tower.
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    • Hahaha, taste is personal, Steve. Thing is, back then, Lucea had a sizable German population so I’m sure it appealed to them.
      It’s a great story though, isn’t it?

  22. Interesting tidbit of history! I can definitely see how this could be confusing. There are other islands in the Caribbean that I think this could happen to also :)
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    • You’re right, Debbie. The names are used over and over so it can get a bit confusing.
      Maybe the clock ended up in the right place after all, eh?

  23. Andrew Graeme Gould says:

    What an interesting story.. and a quaint design!

  24. Hey Marciam,
    A fascinating story!!! The pictures are done in a brilliant manner. Thanks for the share.

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  26. Some things have the most astounding reality about themselves; like this clock tower. Interesting share.

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