from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An electric signaling apparatus on United States war-ships fitted at the masthead on top of the truck. It consists of a double lantern, the upper half containing a red and the lower a white electric lamp. By suitable switches on deck, either the red or the white light can be shown and by successive displays (in a system similar in principle to the Morse telegraph code) letters and signals can be made.


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