Kategorie Archive: First experimental or unique watery wireless

East Goodwin Lightship

On the drawing of the East Goodwin Lightship the Marconi aerial can be seen suspended from the spar at the masthead. This Lightship was equiped with wireless apparatus in 1898, after a series of experiments the installations were completed and a communication link was sucessfully established so that the vessel was capable of calling for…
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Empress of Britain II

Built by John Brown & Co. of Glasgow, the 42,348 ton Empress of Britain II was Canadian Pacific's largest passenger ship and the largest ship ever to serve Canada. Launched by the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) in 1930, she entered service on 27 May 1931, with a Southampton-Québec maiden voyage on which she…
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Elettra

In 1904, an elegant 67-metre, 700-tonner had been built in Leith, Scotland, for Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria. The ship was originally named 'Rovenska'. It was built in Scotland in 1904 for Maria Theresa of royal blood in Austria.  The vessel was never delivered to Austria but instead it was confiscated by the British navy…
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Director II

The story of the Fahnestock expeditions reads like some fantastic work of fiction -- full of action, danger and intrigue -- but it's all true. Bruce Fahnestock (1911-1942) and his brother Sheridan (1912-1965) shared a passion for sailing and distant places, which they indulged to the fullest in a three-year expedition across the South Pacific…
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H.M.S. Defiant

An old wooden sailing battleship H.M.S Defiant, which had been converted into a Royal Navy torpedo training ship. Radio station: Royal Navy Radio. During 1899 three cruisers were controlled in manoeuvres by radio for the first time, Marchese Marconi was present while the trials took place. Location: The location for these wireless experiments was apparently…
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R.M.S. Berengaria

The Cunard White Star liner R.M.S. Berengaria (the former S.S. Imperator) was equipped with a Baird mechanical scanning TV station. Length: 919 feet (280.7 m) Beam: 98 feet (29.9 m) Tonnage: 52,226 gross tons Machinery: Steam turbines powering four propellers. Service speed: 23 knots Passengers: 4,594 people Radio station: On 7th March 1928, trials were…
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Bombala

Howard Smith’s first large passenger ship, the SS Bombala. This was built in Sunderland in 1904 to carry 300 passengers on the Melbourne to Townsville service, a round voyage of 16 days. Bombala was known for its lucky escape in 1919 when it hit Salamander Reef but was eventually refloated.  [Reference 1] SS Bombala belonging…
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M. S. Baloeran

Built in 1929/30 by Fijenoord N.V., Rotterdam (Netherlands). BRT: 16981. Length 167,98, width 21,44 depth 9,10 metres. Machine: 10 cyl diesel 14000 pk Sulzer. Her maiden trip was on 16th April 1930 from Rotterdam to India. During World War II on 11th May 1941, the vessel was taken over by the German navy. Now called…
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USS Appalachian (AGC-1)

Appalachian is a mountain system of eastern North America extending from the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland, Quebec, and new Brunswick southwest to central Alabama. Displacement 6,556 t. (lt) 13.910 t. (fl); Length 459' 3"; Beam 63'; Draft 24'; Speed 16.4 kts; Complement 34 Officers, 472 Enlisted; Armament two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts, four…
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H.M.S. Andromeda

H.M.S. Andromeda's ship's radio was modified, the officers wardroom was converted into a temporary studio. Radio station: Royal Navy Radio. In 1907, the Admiralty authorised Lieutenant Quentin Crauford to set up an experimental radio station to broadcast a programme for the benefit of the Royal Navy fleet in Chatham dockyard. A programme of song and…
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