Highlands in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Marconi at Twin Lights
Messages from the first practical demonstration of wireless telegraph were sent from this site on September 30, 1899 by famous Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi.
Marconi had been invited to America by Gordon Bennett Jr., the owner of the New York Herald Newspaper, to report on the America’s Cup sailboat race using his wireless telegraph. An antenna mast was erected on top of the north Twin Lights tower.
The America’s Cup race was, however, preempted by a naval review organized by President [Theodore] Roosevelt, to celebrate the victory of Commodore George Dewey’s fleet at the Battle of Manila Bay. Marconi’s first wireless transmissions in America were sent to report on the progress of Commodore Dewey’s fleet.
On October 3, the same wireless apparatus was used to receive reports on the America’s Cup race between Shamrock and the Columbia, which took place in the ocean just off the tip of Sandy Hook.
Marconi maintained a wireless station at Twin Lights for a short period of time before deciding that other locations along the United States coastline would provide better reception for his wireless equipment.
Erected by NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks & Forestry.
Location. 40° Touch for map. Marker is located at the Twin Lights Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Highlands NJ 07732, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Spermaceti Cove Lifeboat Station (here, next to this marker); The Old North Tower (here, next to this marker); Telegraph and Radar at Twin Lights (a few steps from this marker); Navesink Light Station (a few steps from this marker); The Navesink Highlands Light Station (a few steps from this marker); Twin Lights Mystery Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Powerhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Highlands Doughboy World War I Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Highlands.
More about this marker. Four photographs appear on the marker. One is a signed portrait of Guglielmo Marconi. Below this is a photo of “Commodore Dewey aboard his flagship, the Olympia.” The other photos depict “The Shamrock and Columbia Racing [during the America’s Cup competition], October 3, 1899” and “Marconi and assistant with telegraph equipment, 1900.”
Also see . . . Twin Lights of Navesink website (Submitted on September 21, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
1. America's Cup
During the America's Cup, the Shamrock was piloted by tea magnate Sir Thomas J. Lipton. He competed in the America's Cup on five occasions, but never won the competition.
— Submitted September 21, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 21, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,023 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 21, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.