Engine Order Telegraph Donated to the Museum!

“Full speed ahead!” Orders like these transport us to the deck of a large steamship, and the recent acquisition, donated by Charles M. Cawley, of an engine order telegraph allows our visitors to make that leap in imagination. This gorgeous Sieman’s Brothers Limited, made in London for the Royal Navy and Campbell Laird passenger ships in the early 20th century, can be found alongside other steamship memorabilia in our 2012 exhibit “Summer Folk: The Tourists of the Penobscot Bay”. In the age before direct throttle to an engine, the bridge would use a telegraph linked to another one in the engine room to give orders. Our new Engine Order Telegraph is in the Main Street Gallery, stop by this fall and transport yourself in time!

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