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In May of 1900 Lieutenant John B Blish, the Navy's principal elecrical expert, is in Newport setting up a experimental wireless telegraph station.


Providence Journal May 24, 1900

In 1902 the station is being setup, including 180 foot mast



Providence Journal May 27, 1900

In 1902 the station is being setup, including 180 foot mast



Providence Journal August 22, 1902


Providence Journal October 6, 1902


Providence Journal October 24, 1902


Providence Journal November 3, 1902

At the end of 1902 the 180 foot mast was buckeled by high winds


Providence Journal December 9, 1902

Eventually the 148 foot top section of the mast came to the ground due to the weight of the snow.


Providence Journal December 27, 1902

It is decided not to replace the mast because new wireless apparatus was seheduled to be installed


Providence Journal January 26, 1903

Between the end of July and mid September 1903 the new wireless apparatus is set up and becomes opperational.


Providence Providence Journal July 29, 1903


Providence Journal August 1, 1903


Providence Journal September 16, 1903


Providence Journal September 23, 1903

The USS Topeka left the West Indies on March 30th, 1904 and returned to the United States upon her arrival at Charleston on the 5th. On 15 May, the warship reported for duty at Newport, Rhode Island, and, for the next four months, participated in wireless telegraphy experiments conducted off the New England coast.


USS Topeka

In 1905, the first use of wireless in the rescue of an American ship happened and the "HELP" (SOS had not been established as of yet) message was received at the Torpedo Wireless Station.


Naval Training Station
1905 Station Antenna
From Newport Firsts: A Hundred Claims to Fame (RI)
By Brian M. Stinson

In April of 1906 a distance record was broken by the station when it received a message from 1000 miles away from the Battleship Maryland.


Providence Journal April 21, 1906

Also in 1906, a young man with a homemade wireless set, modeled after Massie equipment, disrupted the powerful US Navy wirless statioon in Newport. The wireless apparatus was set up in a hen house!


Providence Journal April 21, 1906


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Torpedo Station 1910

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Torpedo Station 1912


In 1912 the distance record was broken once sgain by the station when it received a message from California, Mare Island Station that was sent to Key West Florida.


Telephone and Telegraph Age
January 1 1912




Naval Training Station
Newport RI Learning Wireless Ttelegraphers
Date Unknown