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foghorn

a mechanical instrument sounded at intervals to serve as a warning to vessels in fog

Foghorn

 

an electroacoustic device of the diaphragm type installed in lighthouses and shore beacons; used to produce a shrill, high-pitched signal that can be heard on board a ship during periods of fog or reduced visibility. The signal of a foghorn is audible at distances up to 15 nautical miles.

foghorn

[′fäg‚hȯrn]
(navigation)
A horn used as a fog signal.
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She said: Parts of the UK still have foghorns because there are still many smaller vessels that do not have any of the equipment like radar or GPS on board.
Foghorn Requiem is now being redeveloped as an educational resource for use in schools across the UK
He said: "The lighthouse keepers are all gone and now the foghorn too.
The sound of ferries and their foghorns moving through the fog on the Mersey came out as one of the country's best-loved sounds, along with dredging for oysters in Brightlingsea, Essex, and the raft race in Mumbles, South Wales.
Foghorns are being gradually decommissioned and replaced with new satellite navigation technology.
Souter Lighthouse in South Shields will be the focal point for the activity where ground-breaking technology will allow the ships' foghorns to be 'conducted' from shore.
They were met with a noisy barrage of foghorns, alarms and whistles.
The air blowing through these pipes produces a series of droning blasts that range the twelve tones of the chromatic scale, making strange but familiar music, like an ensemble of foghorns playing variations on a theme from Swan Lake.
He added: "I was at sea for more than 20 years and was always glad of lighthouses and foghorns.
When I was sailing, I loved foghorns for similar reasons.
New Year's Eve used to be magic The one night of the year when The kids in our tenement homes Were allowed to 'stay up late' Playing cards in front of a blazing coal fire 'Made up' in our new 'Chrimbo' pjs My mam has her best tablecloth on show but You can't see the lace, 'cos it's chokka with festive scoff The noise outside is getting louder Festive music is belting out from various radiograms It's countdown, we're allowed to join the party Foghorns from the river ring out the old As church bells ring in the new, we raise our glasses To absent kith and kin, in unison we declare Happy New Year 'Fonnie-oy' Let's hope it's a good one
Used for centuries to guide ships away from the rocks, foghorns across the country are gradually being decommissioned as vessels rely more on satellite navigation.