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Wellfleet in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Transatlantic Triumph

 
 
Transatlantic Triumph Marker image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, September 2, 2014
1. Transatlantic Triumph Marker
Inscription. Guglielmo Marconi successfully transmitted wireless telegraph signals as early is 1890 – between tin plates mounted on post in his fatherís garden in Italy. He was only sixteen years old.

Inspired by short range successes, Marconi gradually increase the distance between transmitters and receivers. In 1895, one mile. In 1899, twenty miles from ship-to-shore. Then across the English Channel. Yet he dreamed of sending telegrams across the ocean.

In December 1901 at his Newfoundland station, Marconi received the first transatlantic signal, the letter “S” (Ö) tapped out at his English station. Then, on January 18, 1903, he transmitted a 48 word message from here to England, and promptly received a reply. It was the first two-way transoceanic communication, and the first wireless telegram between America and Europe.

[center – caption, picture of Marconi]
Guglielmo Marconi (1847-1937) was an electrical engineer and inventor from Italy, but his work led him to England and America. As a youth he studied the scientific accomplishments of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison.

[right - below a hand written note]
Above is the text of Marconiís transmission to England on January 18, 1903, written in morse code by the station operator here. Short vertical marks
Guglielmo Marconi image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, September 2, 2014
2. Guglielmo Marconi
are “dots”. Beside it is a line-for-line translation, complete with misspellings.

His Majesty Edward VII
London
England

In taking advantage of the wonderful triumph of scientific research and ingenuity which has been achieved in perfecting a system of wireless telegraphy I extend on behalf of the American people most cordial greetings and good wishes to you and to all the peopeople of the British Empire

Theodore
Roosevelt
Wellfleet Mass January 19 1903

[lower right]
(shows the alphabet and the digits 0-9 in Morse code)

 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 41° 54.838′ N, 69° 58.291′ W. Marker is in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker is on Marconi Station Road. Click for map. Drive to the end of the Marconi Station Road and park in the lot. Follow the path to the marker. Marker is in this post office area: Wellfleet MA 02667, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marconi Wireless Station (here, next to this marker); The Nauset Lights (approx. 3.8 miles away); Three Sisters Lit the Way (approx. 3.9 miles away); Pushed Back by the Sea
Transatlantic Triumph Marker image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, September 2, 2014
3. Transatlantic Triumph Marker
(approx. 3.9 miles away); The Long, Black Cable (approx. 3.9 miles away); Kettles (approx. 5.3 miles away); Workboat of the Marshes (approx. 5.3 miles away); Eastham Windmill (approx. 5.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Guglielmo Marconi. (Submitted on October 14, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
2. WCC (radio station). (Submitted on October 14, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
3. Morse code. (Submitted on October 14, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
4. Marconi Company. (Submitted on October 14, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
 
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Transatlantic Triumph Marker image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, September 2, 2014
4. Transatlantic Triumph Marker
Markers at the location of the old Marconi station image. Click for full size.
By Byron Hooks, September 2, 2014
5. Markers at the location of the old Marconi station
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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