Friday, April 28, 2006

1899: First Wireless Racing Transmission

October 1899

The Marconi wireless telegraph installed on the "Mackay-Bennett" in order to cover for the New York Herald, the international race for the America Cup.

You may have played Edison's movie on my last post of the Yacht Columbia crossing the finish line for the America's Cup in 1898. Most interesting for us wired type story tellers, the next year's race was reported by Marconi wireless telegraph on board the vessel Mackay-Bennett,the first of ship to shore radio transmissions. The radio apparatus was set up in the vessel's chartroom.

October 1899

The international yacht Cableship "Mackay-Bennett" lying near Sandy Hook lightship during the race for the America Cup.

Thomas Raddall writes in this 1951 letter:
In '99, during the international yacht
race off New York, the "Mackay-Bennett" reported the race
by wireless to the Sandy Hook lightship, which was connected
by a short cable to the shore. The idea of putting it on
the lightship was simply to get clear of the tall buildings,
electric light wires and other interference in New York
harbor itself.

The Marconi coherer which was installed in the Mackay-Bennett in 1899.

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