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Wireless operator. Operator using a Marconi wireless, an early radio, on board a liner. The wireless had first been patented by the Italian inventor Gugliemo Marconi (1874-1937) in 1896. His wireless system was first used successfully at sea when Marconi equipped two American ships to report on the progress of the Americas Cup yachting race. The first daily radio bulletin for ships was begun in 1904. Wireless distress signals at sea were first used in 1909 to save 1650 people from the shipwrecked SS Republic. After the Titanic disaster of 1912, all ships had to have a wireless operator available at all times. Photo- graphed on a trans-Atlantic liner in the 1900s.
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