Saint John in Saint John County, New Brunswick — The Atlantic Provinces
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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1854.
Location. 45° 16.302′ N, 66° 3.764′ W. Marker is in Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Peters Wharf, Saint John NB E2L 0A1, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Marine Compound Engine (here, next to this marker); Prince William Streetscape (within shouting distance of 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); A Legacy of Tea | Du thé en héritage (about 120 meters away); Centerbeam Place (about 120 meters away); The Landing of the Loyalists (about 120 meters away); West meets East (about 120 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 Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 434 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.