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I got it to work by removing the final period.

Click here: http://earlyradiohistory.us/1963hw01.htm

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Erm, 'scuse me lads, but does "period" mean full stop? A serious query to help any confusion over the pond here.

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CivvyCivvy wrote:
Erm, 'scuse me lads, but does "period" mean full stop? A serious query to help any confusion over the pond here.


Right you are—the link didn't work because I'd inadvertently included the final punctuation in the URL. :roll:

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CivvyCivvy wrote:
Erm, 'scuse me lads, but does "period" mean full stop? A serious query to help any confusion over the pond here.


Yep CivvyCivvy! "Period" == "full stop". :D

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In addition to the blue/Bengal lights, false fires also burned with a blue flame and were used for night signalling. Part of Smyth's definition reads: "A composition of combustibles filled into a wooden tube, which, upon being set fire to, burns with a light blue flame from a half to several minutes."

When would one be used instead of the other, as they sound similar?

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From Voyage of His Majesty's Ship Alceste, to China, Corea, and the Island of Lewchew (1820) by John M'Leod:

"...and blue lights burnt at the yard-arms, bowsprit, and spanker-boom ends..."

He was describing how the ship appeared during a celebration.

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The Times, May 4 1790

" .... A Purser of the Navy has prepared a code of signals for the Admiralty, on a plan equally simple and ingenious with 12 flags only. This plan is susceptible of expressing thousands of significations by being displayed on the most conspicuous parts of a ship; and by an early mechanical device, they are made to change almost perpetually, thereby rendering them of no use in the event of their falling into the enemy's hands....."

Does anyone know what this was? If it was used and who the gentleman was?

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From The Times of February 20, 1797 regarding news from Portsmouth:

" ....a signal is now displayed on St Catherine's Downs, signifying that there are some enemy cruizers on the coast......"

Does anyone know what that particular signal was? .. just curious :)

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.... signalling or mistaking it....

" .....DEAL, Nov.26.....Last night, between Beachy-head and Dungeness, the Racoon sloop of war ran alongside the Biter gun vessel, and fired a broadside into the Biter, which killed one man, and wounded six; (one of the wounded is since dead). The unfortunate accident was owing to mistake of signals.


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@susan: In your first post of this thread you wrote, that you have got an signal code from 1796.
Do you have it as a .pdf?

Could you send it to me per email?
That would be very kind?

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In John M. Brooke's account of the cruise of the Fenimore Cooper, he writes:

"Hoisted the signal of recall (comet at the main) and in order to call attention fired two guns."

By "comet" is he referring to some type of pyrotechnic device, like a flare?

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Although I have not come across the term before, perhaps by referring to a comet, he may have meant a pendant with a long tail; William Falconer in his 'Description of a Ninety Gun Ship' in 1759 refers to : " ... a bloody pendant stretch'd afar / Its comet-tail, denouncing ample war."


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susan wrote:
In John M. Brooke's account of the cruise of the Fenimore Cooper, he writes:

"Hoisted the signal of recall (comet at the main) and in order to call attention fired two guns."

By "comet" is he referring to some type of pyrotechnic device, like a flare?


I think it more likely a flag. One would not have to fire a gun to call attention to pyrotechnics.
19th century US flags showed a wide variety of star constellation patterns. At least one, nicknamed The Great Gildersleeve flag, may have also been called the comet flag for the arrangement of stars.

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Don Seltzer wrote:
I think it more likely a flag. One would not have to fire a gun to call attention to pyrotechnics.
19th century US flags showed a wide variety of star constellation patterns. At least one, nicknamed The Great Gildersleeve flag, may have also been called the comet flag for the arrangement of stars.

Don, I had never heard of the flag you mentioned and went looking for an image. The "26 Star Great Guildersleeve Meteror (1837)" flag is about half-way down on this webpage (Click Here). It looks like a flattened star made up of the 26 individual stars representing the 26 states in the Union from 1837-1845. I assume that the word "meteor" is misspelled there but the words "comet" and "meteor" certainly might have a connection in someone's mind.

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timoneer wrote:
I assume that the word "meteor" is misspelled


So is "Gildersleeve." I wonder how they knew there'd be a radio character named after it a hundred years later? :D

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