Telegraph Key Used by Theodore Haubner to Send the First "SOS" Distress Signal on August 11, 1909

Summary

In 1909, telegraph operator Theodore Haubner sent the first American ship-to-shore wireless distress signal -- SOS -- using this telegraph key. Haubner was aboard the SS Arapahoe off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, when it became disabled.

In 1909, telegraph operator Theodore Haubner sent the first American ship-to-shore wireless distress signal -- SOS -- using this telegraph key. Haubner was aboard the SS Arapahoe off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, when it became disabled.

Artifact

Telegraph key

Date Made

circa 1900

Subject Date

11 August 1909

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

68.2.3

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Dorothy S. Haubner.

Material

Brass (Alloy)

Dimensions

Width: 2 in

Length: 5 in

Inscriptions

Stamped on base: J.H. BUNNELL & CO. / NEW YORK, U.S.A.

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