Saint John in Saint John County, New Brunswick — The Canadian Atlantic
First Steam Fog Horn
La Premiere Corne de Brume a Vapeur
In 1854, Robert Foulis of St. John, N.B., first advocated the use of a steam horn or whistle to give warning to vessels in foggy weather. An apparatus devised by him was installed on Partridge Island in 1859. This was the first steam fog horn ever constructed or operated in the world.
En 1854, Robert Foulis, de Saint-Jean (N.B.), prèconisa pour la première fois l’usage d’une corne ou d’un sifflet à vapeur pour guider les navires par temps brumeux. L’appareil qu’il avait lui-même conçu fut installé dans l’ile Partridge en 1859. Ce fut la première corne de brume à vapeur construite ou mise en service dans le monde.
Erected 1928 by Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board marker series.
Location. 45° 16.302′ N, 66° 3.764′ W. Marker is in Saint John, New Brunswick, in Saint John County. Marker is at the intersection of Peters Wharf and Water Street, on the right when traveling east on Peters Wharf. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Peters Wharf, Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 0A1, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At First Marine Compound Engine (here, next to this marker); Scottish Strength (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Prince William Street - Before and After the 1877 Fire (about 90 meters away); Centerbeam Place (about 120 meters away); The Landing of the Loyalists (about 120 meters away); New Brunswick’s First School of Law (about 120 meters away); The Marco Polo (about 120 meters away); The Troop Fleet in the Days of Sail (about 210 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint John.
Also see . . . The Steam Fog-horn (Robert Foulis) - Canadian Inventions. One night, while walking home in a dense fog, as he approached his house, Foulis heard his daughter playing the piano but noticed that it was the very lowest notes which he could hear most clearly. Although lighthouses were of great benefit to mariners, they were naturally of no help whatever during bad weather conditions, whereas coded sound signals from the deep notes of a fog-horn could warn of the presence of rocks, even from a great distance. (Submitted on September 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 309 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.