USS WASP 1898 ENGINE ORDER TELEGRAPH BRIDGE

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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.

                 
Telegraph head front
           Back. Note lare pulley wheel in port

            Internal chain drive. One
for handle, One for pointer

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 tube
Base 10″ diameter  1 1/8″ flange 5 holes
Shipping weight 57 pounds
 
CONDITION: 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 bell
 
USS 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