Ship's lanterns incorporating electric light bulbs probably came into use after 1910, when robust tungsten filament bulbs became available.

High power searchlights and signalling lights typically used halogen lamps, or quartz iodine lamps, which were patented by General Electric in 1959.

When standard light bulbs were used, they were powered by either 110-120V a.c. (for North American and Japanese ship's) or 220-240V a.c. (for European ships and the ships of British Commonwealth Countries).

Halogen lamp searchlights and signalling lights were powered by 24V a.c..


Ship's Daylight Signal Lamp/Searchlight, Circa. 1970

Large vintage naval signal/searchlight with 20 cm reflector, designed for daytime use, mounted on a custom made, floor standing, varnished timber tripod. Manufactured in October 1970 by Japanese manufacturer Shonan Kosakusho Co. Ltd.

UPDATE: The searchlight has now been rewired and restored to full working order (see detailed description).

Note: Tripod (stand) cannot be shipped interstate or overseas. Take $50 off price.


AUD 2475.00

Starboard Sidelight, Double Lens

Large double lens starboard sidelight by unknown manufacturer, Circa 1970's


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Masthead Light, Perko, Early 20th Century

This masthead light is made of cast brass and has a thick solarised amethyst (sun coloured) glass Fresnel lens. I put the date of manufacture between 1922 and 1930.


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