Boat Activity – Gallops Island Secret Codes
During the Second World War, Gallops Island was home to the U. S. Navy Radio School.
At this school young men learned to maintain radios and send and receive Morse code.
Samuel Morse invented the Morse system of telegraphy in the 1840’s. Morse code is a
simple way to represent the letters of the alphabet using patterns of long and short pulses.
Each letter of the alphabet has a unique pattern assigned to it.
International Morse Code
"Gallops Island" in Morse code looks like this
-. .- .-.. .-.. --- .--. ... / .. ... .-.. .- -. -..
G A L L O P S / I S L A N D
It would sound like this:
Dah-dah-dit, dit-dah, dit-dah-dit-dit, dit-dah-dit-dit, dah-dah-dah, dit-dah-dah-dit,
dit-dit-dit / Dit-dit, Dit-dit-dit, dit-dah-dit-dit, dit-dah, dah-dit, dah-dit-dit
British Post Office Morse Code Key
& a railroad telegraph machine