Seascout-Net Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Something else with nothing to do with Sea Scouts?
Re: Something else with nothing to do with Sea Scouts?
David T. Minasian
Mon, 01 Feb 1999 21:04:03 -0500
I share your sadness, no matter how trivial it may seem to others, at
the passing of the Morse Code, but perhaps for a different reason. SFB
Morse (Samual Finley Breeze Morse) appears in my tangled web of of a
family tree and I can only assume thereby, that I am a descendent.
Although Armenian, by virtue of my patriachal heritage and one who
never learned the language, which induces considerable disdain from
other Armenians whom I meet on ocassion, I must now further confess
that, as a descendent of SFB Morse, I never learned the Morse code, save
the well known S O S. But even here I pale to much greater depth of
despair, being never sure of which comes first, dot dot dot, dash dash
dash, dot dot dot or dash dash dash, etc.
Though we all my be touched by this latest manifestation of trdition
giving way to technology, we can at least stand in awe that this means
of communication endured for almost 170 years and it is still a matter
of amazement that the code lasted this long into the information age.
Rescue, in the face or impending diaster, may now be much more
convenient, if not assured.
"Just throw the EPIRB overboard old chap and toss another shrimp on the
Oh well... it is naught but a sign of the times. Shall the code be
relegated to the role of tradition and taught as such for the purpose of
discipline, just as has sextant, tall ships, and half models?
If however, our community (Sea Scouts) is enriched by thoughts so rich
and touching as yours, then surely we have granted our predecessors a
measure of imortality
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