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Posted: Saturday, March 3, 2018 5:54 AM

I am offering an original (not a reproduction) refurbished early 1900’s one-sided mechanical Dutch Bridge Engine Order Telegraph. Using this devise, the “Officer of the Deck” transmitted orders, from the bridge to the engine room, changing the engine speed and/or direction. Based on this unit’s size and design, it was most likely mounted on a single screw large vessel. It measures 46” high (without the handle in the up position) and weighs approximately 70 pounds. The 11” diameter head is mounted on 31” tall cast brass stanchion (stamped 2 8994). which is bolted to a 15”x 3½” old hardwood base. The brasws stanchion base had a 1”cut across the back side removed, which allowed the unit to be mounted closer to a bulkhead. A clear glass viewing window covers the round 12½”x ¼” translucent white glass pane with black painted art work, which shows the nine commands available. Translated from Dutch to English they read: Three middle positions = [Center] "STOP" = STOP – [Left] "LETOP" = PAY ATTENTION – [Right] "ALKLAAR" = ALREADY FINISHED. The remaining six positions listed on each side and are divided into two groups, each with three identical commands, that read as follows: [Left Group] "VOORUIT" = GO AHEAD, which includes (from top to bottom) "VOL" = FULL - "HALF" = HALF - "LANCZAAM" = SLOW + [Right Group] "ACHIERUIT" = BACK, which includes (from top to bottom) "VOL" = FULL - "HALF" = HALF - "LANCZAAM" = SLOW. Also, the bottom edge is signed “A . 44 . B” which is most likely the model number. The glass face has several cracks and chips, but is still solid. When moving the handle, the attached pointer can be stopped at each position and the mechanical bell rings loud and clear when passing over each one. It appears that the lighting fixtures were added at some time in the past and light up the face nicely. The prior owner (USN Vet) indicated that this Telegraph was removed from the German Oil Tanker "MOKTAN" during WWI. This nautical artifact shows extended use and represents a unique piece of international maritime history. Additional Nautical Items Available - Please Call Cliff @ 760-736-8101 For More Information.

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