Cape Cod Welcomes Daughter of Wireless Pioneer

WELLFLEET – The daughter of the man who pioneered wireless communication from a bluff on Cape Cod returned to that historic location Thursday.

The Chatham Marconi Maritime Center is hosting Princess Elettra Marconi Giovanelli this week.

Her father was wireless pioneer Guglielmo Marconi.

Elettra Marconi visited the cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday where he father built a wireless station that introduced the world to radio technology.

“So moved, so surprised, so enchanted,” Marconi said about being on the bluff in Wellfleet.

“We are very honored to have her again [this year] visiting us. This is her 4th visit to Cape Cod and each time she’s visited both the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, here in Chatham, and the Cape Cod National Seashore folks in Wellfleet,” said Bob Fishback, vice president of the Maritime Center.

The Princess also visited students at Monomoy Regional Middle School on Wednesday for a program on Marconi History and innovation. 

On Saturday evening June 2nd at 7:00 in the Monomoy Regional School Auditorium she will introduce “Digital Archeology: Preserving History Through Innovative Technology”. 

Roger Michel, Executive Director and founder, and Dr. Alexy Karenowska of the Institute for Digital Archaeology will present the innovative techniques and cultural impacts of using digital technology to preserve – and even reconstruct – historic and endangered structures. 

Before leaving Chatham, Princess Marconi was scheduled to wrap up her visit with one of her favorite pastimes, a Sunday sail on Nantucket Sound.

It was on January 18, 1903 when Guglielmo Marconi engineered the first public two-way wireless communication between Europe and America.

According to the Cape Cod National Seashore, communiques from President Theodore Roosevelt and King Edward VII were translated into international Morse code at the South Wellfleet and English stations, respectively, and were broadcast.

Ocean-going vessels quickly adopted Marconi apparatus to receive news broadcasts, and soon ship-to-shore transmittals were a major operation.


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