When R.M.S. TITANIC finished her sea trials and was steaming from Belfast
to Southampton, her first known radio contact was made with the Tenerife
Coast Station on April 3rd, 1912 in the afternoon. The station was located
in the capital city of Santa Cruz. Tenerife is part of the Canary Islands
which are situated just off the northwest coast of Africa. This station
consisted of four towers each being 75 meters in height. These were initially
erected in 1909 and the following year, the radio transmitters and receivers
were installed. The station started operating on June 2, 1911. Several
years after the Titanic tradegy, the station was relocated to Geneto and
remained there until it was closed down in the 1950's.
The famous four towers of the Marconi Telegraph Co. This photo came
from a 1909 edition of the local newspaper in Santa Cruz, Tenerife.
To this day, part of the city of Tenerife is still named "Las Cuatro
Torres" meaning "the four towers". My appreciation is extented to Francisco
José Dávila Dorta of Tenerife for providing the source material
and the photograph. E-mail: email@example.com