Pedestal of "Listening Device" for Submarines, Made by Ford Motor Company for Use on Eagle Boats, June 1918

Summary

Stealthy attacks from German submarines posed a serious threat to Allied shipping during World War I. With support from the U.S. Navy, Thomas Edison devoted considerable time and effort to developing a reliable method of detecting submerged submarines, either by sound or magnetic field. The first Ford-built Eagle anti-submarine patrol boats were equipped with Edison's detection devices.

Stealthy attacks from German submarines posed a serious threat to Allied shipping during World War I. With support from the U.S. Navy, Thomas Edison devoted considerable time and effort to developing a reliable method of detecting submerged submarines, either by sound or magnetic field. The first Ford-built Eagle anti-submarine patrol boats were equipped with Edison's detection devices.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

14 June 1918

Subject Date

14 June 1918

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

84.1.1660.P.833.22384

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 11 in

Width: 7.5 in

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