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Ship's Mast Lamp

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Ship's Mast Lamp:

Required for nighttime steaming under the International Rules of the Road for open ocean-going vessels, mast lamps were displayed along the ship's heading. The forward lamp was placed at a distance ahead of and below the after lamp. Often times this was atop the pilothouse, with the after lamp placed on the mast. On two-masted vessels the first lamp was placed on the forward mast at a height about 15 feet lower than the lamp on the after mast. The effect allowed an observer on shore or another vessel to visually determine the ship's heading, knowing the lower of the two lights was in the lead.

From the collection of the Railway Coastal Museum.

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