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Letters from Admiral Luce describing the lighthouse near the Torpedo Station, circa 1894.

Gore St.

Waltham, Mass

June 21, 1894

Dear Converse:

Inclosed herewith please find a rough sketch of a new system of revolving lights which I think will be an aid to navigation during thick weather, or moderately foggy weather. It is well known that a moving light can be seen further than one that is fixed; and can be more readily distinguishable from other lights. We have a [illegible] example of this in our system of night signaling with a torch by the Army Code – commonly called the “Wig Wag”. There are two or three practical difficulties in the way of its construction, however, on which...


Luce, lighthouse


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