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St. Paul — A Wireless Pioneer

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On 15 November 1899 American Line’s St. Paul, bound for Southampton, became the first ocean liner to report her imminent arrival by wireless.

As the transatlantic voyage neared its end, while still 66 nautical miles off the English coast, passenger Guglielmo Marconi contacted a signal station at The Needles, near the Isle of Wight. “All aboard well; everything satisfactory,” the wireless pioneer telegraphed the station.

Marconi, wireless pioneer.

Guglielmo Marconi, wireless experimenter and innovator. who would eventually have an ocean liner named in his honor.

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