Philadelphia Inquirer, October 20, 1901, page 4:
GREAT STRIDES MADE IN WIRELESS TELEGRAPHY
American Company, of Philadelphia, Has Proven Reliability of System
In a decade very striking and important strides have been made in wireless telegraphy.
The recent achievements of wireless telegraphy in instantly and accurately reporting every move of the contesting yachts during the international races under the auspices of the New York Yacht Club, from September 26 to October 4, by which thousands were enabled to scan from the bulletins posted on the windows of the newspapers every turn made by the Columbia and the Shamrock, has called the attention of the public to the manifold uses of this wonderful means of communication. Another remarkable event was the receiving and sending messages over 270 miles without wires. from the experimental station at Galilee, N. J., to Nantucket, Mass. Previous reports of wireless messages being sent 30 to 100 miles have been so numerous as to excite no comment, and are now accepted as a matter of fact.
The international yacht races of 1901 are now past history, but the many readers who noted that all the bulletins were supplied by "Wireless Telegraphy" perhaps are unaware to whom credit should be given for this enterprise and the success of the system. The American Wireless Telephone and Telegraph Company, of Philadelphia, whose station was at Galilee, N. J., had in service the vessel Maid of the Mist and the large ocean-going tug, W. J. Sewell. These vessels, equipped with wireless apparatus, followed closely the yachts and at intervals of from two to five minutes flashed wireless messages over the waters to the receiving station at Galilee, from which point the story of the race as set forth in the latest bulletins was sent to the newspapers. On the last and closing day of the contest the American Company sent out 103 bulletins, accurately reporting the various stages of the contest from start to finish, of which ninety-eight were published. The news that "Columbia wins" was posted up on the windows for the gratification of the public in a space of only two minutes after the yachts crossed the line, showing the marvelous rapidity of the wireless means of communication and its great utility for marine purposes.
The accuracy, reliability and rapidity of the wireless telegraphic bulletins was such as to win encomiums and indorsement from the leading newspapers and journals of America. The bulletin board at Galilee, on which the government weather reports are daily posted, was used by the company reporting the races, for displaying the latest bulletins, and the board was surrounded by an admiring crowd of wealthy cottagers of Seabright, Galilee, Monmouth Beach and Long Branch.
Following the races was the vessel Maid of the Mist, and when off Barnegat City, Atlantic City, Cape May and Delaware Breakwater, wireless messages were flashed from each point to the land station at Galilee, covering in all a distance of about one hundred miles. This shows conclusively that a vessel in distress, equipped with wireless telegraphic instruments, can communicate not only with the life saving station miles away, but that the electro-etheric impulses can be received by a distant vessel, invisible to the eye or unperceivable by marine glasses, so that by wireless communications, assistance could be quickly secured.
The American Wireless Telegraph Company are now erecting a station adjacent to the United State life saving at Barnegat City, where many vessels, headed for the ports of New York and Philadelphia touch; this is also used as a guiding point for steamers from Europe for the southern route. From this point, which would be in close communication with the upper station at Galilee, important service can be rendered to the government's life saving service, and also wireless reports of passing ships can be immediately dispatched to the newspapers, as well as to the maritime exchanges and wrecking companies.
Dr. Gehring, the president of the wireless company, not only vouched for the erection of the new station at Barnegat City, but also stated that the company and its associated sub-companies propose erecting additional stations along the entire coast.