Excerpt from Searchlights and Signal Lights: For the Instruction of Officers and Personnel Connected With Searchlights
The first use of any light projector which could be called a searchlight in any sense of the word was on board a Union warship blockading a southern port during the Civil War.
On a dark night a Confederate ship attempted to run the blockade, think ing herself secure against detection on account of the blackness of the night. Suspicion, however, was aroused on board the Union ship and’ the first search light used at sea was brought into use.
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