The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Oct. 27, 1878


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AN INTERNATIONAL SIGNAL CODE ESTABLISHED AT THE LIFE-SAVING STATIONS

The steamer Fessenden arrived in port Friday from Lake Erie, where she has been visiting the life-saving stations. Capt. Slicer states that the men at all the stations on the lakes are now thoroughly posted on the International Code of Signals,* in use and well-known the world over. By these signals the officers of a vessel in sight of a signal station can communicate their need to those on shore with readiness. Vessels are not now by law requred to carry signals, but there is now prospect that they may yet have to do so. The expense attending is not large, and there will be but few seasons when a captain would not feel that the outlay had been a wise one.


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Notes:
*established in in England in 1855, the code originally used 18 signal flags to convey 17,000 separate signals. Today it uses about 40 flags.
Date of Original:
Oct. 27, 1878
Local identifier:
GLN.5917
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Dave Swayze
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Oct. 27, 1878