Because the very loud report of the cannons upset residents nearby, the guns were eventually moved to the somewhat more remote Lion Battery on Signal Hill at .
The first signal fired from there was on 4 August 1902.
Thereafter the British controlled the Cape continuously until it became a part of the independent Union of South Africa in 1910.
Shortly after the English took over, the two Dutch guns were removed from the Imoff Battery and redeployed in town as signal guns, and the Castle received the latest English 18 pounders.
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They fire every day at 12 noon sharp, except Sundays and public holidays, and are maintained by the South African Navy.
In addition to the aforementioned port hailing duties, the guns have had the task of firing a time signal since 1806.
It consists of a pair of black powder Dutch naval guns, fired alternatingly with one serving as a backup.The ritual represents one of Cape Town's oldest living traditions.These are the oldest guns in daily use in the world.In 1795 during the Napoleonic Wars, Britain took the Cape Colony from the Dutch East India Company ((De) Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) in Dutch).The VOC transferred its territories and claims to the Batavian Republic in 1798 and ceased to exist in 1799.
After the advent of the galvanic telegraph, it became possible to electrically trigger a gun remotely, and since 1864 the Noon Gun has been fired directly from the master clock of the oldest timekeeper in the country, the South African Astronomical Observatory.