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Old 16th May 2016, 16:46
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Hi;
Many years ago my father worked for AEI and at a time when I think the site (formerly Siemens) in Woolwich was closing down 1968/69, he brought home a pair of what were described as 'Ships Telephones'. We used to use these at home but as time moved on they were relegated to the loft for 'storage'. I'm now trying to identify a little more about either them of those like them.
The units are an all metal case with three push buttons, lifting the hand set that hangs in a cradle on the units LH side and pressing one of the buttons 'calls' the relevant 'extension' when they lift their handset both parties can converse. There is a black (silver writing) Manufacturer plate on the front of the units which show there were from AEI Woolwich SE18. On the inside of the front plate (a screw on each corner attaches it the the main body, is a raised area with the code A.1797 (same code on both units). At the base are 6 outlets, of which there are small diameter outlets in each of the two rear corners, one of which has the lead to the handset then four larger outlets across the centre of the case which (I assume) are to take cables to other units on the 'network'. My father passed away many years ago, but I do recall that he, as a draughtsman with AEI, had an involvement with creating some of the technical drawings (blueprints!) as he did with ship telegraphs.
Would appreciate any help if someone out there recognises the description - I do have images but not worked out how / where to post these! (yet!)
Many thanks
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Old 16th May 2016, 17:20
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Old 17th May 2016, 16:43
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Old 18th May 2016, 02:58
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I seem to remember such items .....
1 on the bridge
1 on the poop deck
1 on the foc,sle
from memory the one up forward could be used by the foc,sle lookout at night and before walkie talkies they were used tying up and letting go I,m sure someone will be able to advance on that
nice bit of gear by the way ????
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Old 18th May 2016, 08:22
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same thoughts.

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I seem to remember such items .....
1 on the bridge
1 on the poop deck
1 on the foc,sle
from memory the one up forward could be used by the foc,sle lookout at night and before walkie talkies they were used tying up and letting go I,m sure someone will be able to advance on that
nice bit of gear by the way ????
As above on tankers, with one, maybe 2 addition, one at the emergency steering position in the steering flat, and one on the conning station on the monkey island. On deck on a tanker the external phone receiver points (Not bridge or steering flat would be/maybe in an explosion proof fitting).
Uses of the phone:
Mooring anchoring, fire tug lines
Aft mooring/ aft fire tug lines
Steering flat-defective steering gear/jury rig,
Bridge- god giving directions,
Monkey island-Thank god some one knows were we are going?
This was in the days off 'DEGAUSSING CABLES', and the cold war.
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