A GREAT INVENTION
A semaphore telegraph, optical telegraph, shutter telegraph chain, Chappe telegraph, or Napoleonic semaphore is a system of conveying information by means of visual signals, using towers with pivoting shutters, also known as blades or paddles. Information is encoded by the position of the mechanical elements; it is read when the shutter is in a fixed position.
The system was invented in 1792 in France by Claude Chappe, and was popular in the late eighteenth to early nineteenth century.
LE SEMAPHORE DE LA CROIX
The Sémaphore is a traditional building, built by the French Navy in 1862 in order to monitor and control the sea traffic between Lorient, the Quiberon peninsula, and the islands of Groix and Belle-île. It was decommissioned in 1945.
Abandoned for more than half a century, the old sentinel was sold by the Navy in 2001 and, after two years of heavy and tasteful refurbishment, became a unique and exquisite bed and breakfast or weelky rental.
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