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REAR ADMIRAL BRADLEY A. FISKE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/16/1937 - HFSID 224343

 
BRADLEY A. FISKE. ALS: "Bradley A. Fiske,/Rear-Admiral,/retired.", 1p, 5¾x6. New York City, 1937 March 16. On letterhead of the Waldorf-Astoria to Mr. Tracy. In full: "Thanking you for your note, I remain Yours sincerely". Formerly affixed to album page, newspaper clipping on Fiske and portion of mounting sheet at right margin. The attached clipping notes that Fiske's home was the Waldorf-Astoria. Naval officer, scientist and inventor Bradley Allen Fiske (1854-1942) had been promoted to Rear Admiral in 1911 but forced to resign in 1916, when he clashed with Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels over building a stronger Navy. Fiske, who had graduated from Annapolis in 1874, invented a number of instruments for shipboard use. From the printed article: "Invented boat detaching apparatus, system of electrical communication for interiors of warships, stadimeter, an electric range finder, an electric ammunition hoist, a range indicator, a battle-order telegraph, an electric engine telegraph, a helm-indicator, a speed and direction indicator, a system of turning turrets of war ships by electricity, the naval telescope mount, the naval telescope sight, gun director system, wireless control of moving vessels, the torpedo-plane, system for detecting submarines, prism system of target practice, electro-magnetic system for exploding torpedoes under ships, and also the reading machine. The naval telescope sight has been adopted by all the navies of the world, and is the main cause of the recent great improvement in the accuracy of naval gunnery; the torpedoplane has been adopted by all the leading navies." Fiske put his electronic range finder into practical use while serving as the navigating officer on the gunboat Petrel in the battle of Manila Bay. Lightly creased. ½-inch tear at lower right blank corner (minor paper loss), irregular lower edge from being torn to fit album page. Mounting remnants on verso, show through at 1 one of text (legible) and at blank corners. Overall, fine condition.


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