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Engine Telegraph and Bell Signals
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« on: Jul 3rd, 2009, 8:44am »
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On the New York Central Ferryboats the pilot communicated with the engine room by turning the engine telegraph to the correct position.  A series of gongs and bell signals told the marine engineer what levers to shift to control the forward, backward and speed of the engine.  
 
1 Gong    Ahead
2 Bells     Slow
1 Gong    Stop
2 Gongs  Astern
1 Gong    Stop
1 Gong    Ahead Full
 
Pictured here are one photo of the ferry engine room and the other is of an engine telegraph of a much larger  vessel....the Queen Mary.


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« Reply #1 on: Aug 31st, 2009, 8:36pm »
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Would you care to cite a source for this information?
 
Interesting to note that the same signal, 1 Gong, has three different meanings depending on the current speed/direction.    
 
Also, did NYC boats have the "Jingle Bell" signal for emergency backing?


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« Reply #2 on: Sep 2nd, 2009, 10:16am »
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My father was a marine engineer on the New York Central Ferries.  The bell signals were from notes he had made in his own handwriting.

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« Reply #3 on: Sep 2nd, 2009, 1:47pm »
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South Bend -
 
Also remember that just because a certain ring or number of rings may have been the same for more than one "action", it was the ORDER of which they are (were) given that mattered, so if you heard 1 gong while you KNEW you were going astern under the previous 2 gongs, you know it meant STOP, not AHEAD.  
 
Another source (different railroad - Erie) is Baxter and Adams "Railroad ferries of the Hudson: And stories of a deckhand"
 
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