Use of Aldis lamp

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Borrel
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Use of Aldis lamp

Postby Borrel » Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:43 am

My apologies if this is a foolish question but, in the early days of the short boats, (63 and 70’) who would have used the Aldis lamp? I assume the telegraphist would usually be stationed below so did one of the officers assume the duty, a seaman gunner, or did individual boats make their own arrangements?

Peter
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Re: Use of Aldis lamp

Postby Peter » Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:16 pm

This is a very interesting post re the Aldis Lamp. Having served aboard MTB 243 70'ft Vosper and MGB 647 D Boat in the Adriatic Campaign I cannot recall any times that this method of communication was used,' except during the time of the Greece campaign with the vast assembly of Allied Ships heading for the port of Pireus (Athens) in daylight communication between Ships was the Aldis lamp was used by our Sparker

Borrel
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Re: Use of Aldis lamp

Postby Borrel » Sat Sep 28, 2019 7:10 am

Thanks for this. From what I can gather the Aldis was more popular at the start of hostilities when R/T was not as reliable, or for less "public" messaging. I've noted several references to shaded Aldis lamps being used to send messages to vessels astern.


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