Presented is a very rare Engine Order telegraph from
the seventh USS WASP, a naval warship, bought into service by the secretary of the Navy for the Spanish American War in 1898.
The telegraph was handed down in the same family since approximately 1920. It was acquired by the grandfather of the past
owner in Annapolis, MD at the time the ship was sold from naval service after having served in World War I. A letter
from the heir to the estate will included with the item.
WASP is one of the most famous names in our Navy and
was first used on a schooner which in 1776, along with her sistership HORNET, were the first vessels of the Continental Navy
to put to sea. Two WASPS, both aircraft carriers served in WWII and today a tenth vessel in this distinguished line is
an amphibious assault vessel, LHD-1.
It is almost unheard of to find equipment
that can be traced back to the vessel upon which it served, and with such a famous name and heritage, makes this especially
desirable for a prestige nautical collection.
COMMANDS: This large solid brass enunciator
was mounted on the bridge as shown in the picture below of the USS BOSTON taken in 1898. It has a single
engraved dial with the standard Ahead and Astern commands FULL AHEAD, TWO THIRDS, ONE THIRD, STOP, STANDBY, ONE THIRD,
TWO THIRDS, FULL ASTERN. Moving the handle through and back to the speed rang an external bell in
the engine room.
Similar telegraph shown on bridge of USS BOSTON 1898
DIMENSIONS:Dial diameter 9 1/4″Overall 46″H x 4 1/4″ W X 4″ D tubeBase 10″ diameter 1 1/8″ flange 5 holesShipping weight 57 poundsCONDITION: The handle moves, but the speed pointer
does not. A small screw is missing from the bezel. There are numerous small dents and scuff marks showing service at sea,
but the telegraph is in remarkably fine condition. There is no internal bellUSS WASP – 7th HISTORY:
U.S. Warship Specifications Name: USS Wasp Builder: William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Completed: 1898 Acquired: 1898 Commissioned: 11 April 1898 Decommissioned: 1 December 1919 Struck: 13 November 1919 Fate: Sold 20 September 1921 General characteristics Type: Armed Displacement: 630 tons Length: 180 ft 0 in (54.9 m) Beam: 23 ft 0 in (7.0 m) Draft: 12 ft 0 in (3.7 m) Speed: 16.5 knots Complement: 55 officers and enlisted men Armament: 4 x 6-pounder guns
2 x Colt machine guns