A light buoy acetylene flasher

A light buoy acetylene flasher.

Acetylene flashers operate from acetylene gas stored under pressure in special cylinders. This equipment is used in unwatched stations where no electrical power is available, and also for light buoys.

Acetylene gas is frequently used for ‘stand by’ lights which automatically come into operation if the electricity supply fails.

The first light buoy in British waters was established in the Thames at the East Oaze in January 1880, after successful tests had been run in the previous year.

The power supply used was compressed oil gas made from fatty refuse, until acetylene gas was introduced in 1916.

Object Details

ID: NAV0944
Type: Acetylene light buoy flasher
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Unknown
Date made: circa 1960
Exhibition: Guiding Lights
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 320 mm x 200 mm x 155 mm

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