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31025. (photo) Electric Fog Bell on Coast Guard Experimental Lightship No. 99 c.1950.

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31025. (photo) Electric Fog Bell on Coast Guard Experimental Lightship No. 99 c.1950.

31025. (photo) Electric Fog Bell on Coast Guard Experimental Lightship No. 99 c.1950. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” Coast Guard photo shows the emergency electric bronze fog bell on the unmanned Experimental Lightship No 99. Lightship No. 99 was constructed in 1916. She was assigned to a number of stations on the Great Lakes and the East Coast until 1949, when the Coast Guard modified Lightship No. 99 to an unmanned, experimental radio-controlled vessel named Exp or Exp-99, and later Sandy Hook Experimental Lightship. The vessel was to have a “crew” of electronic devices operating automatically or controlled by radio from shore. Each of its signals –marker light, foghorn, radio beacon, and bell — is either duplicated or otherwise arranged to defy failure. Cost of the new ship was $375, 000 –just half of a manned lightship. An annual saving of $59,000 in maintenance and personnel was also anticipated. The vessel was moved to the Coast Guard’s Third District headquarters at Staten Island, New York, in May 1950, for a three-month experimental trial run at the Ambrose station. However, the experiment was postponed indefinitely and the experimental vessel was apparently never used. Photo is b/w and is dated April 29, 1950. Clear, close, nice detailed view. (VG+). $54.