Maritime History: L.D. Lothrop's Patent Fog Horn
|A surviving Lothrop's patent fog horn.|
The fog horn was invented by Llewellyn Day Lothrop, born in Appleton, Maine in March of 1836. Mr. Lothrop opened a general ship chandler’s business in 1880 on Duncan Street in Gloucester, Massachusetts and soon became the leading chandlery for fishing gear. He invented different swivels & hooks for fishing, but was best known for the famous, Lothrop PATENT Fog Horn of which no Gloucesterman would sail without. This fog horn in this blog is an example of those manufactured by the L.D.Lothrop Co.,
|Vintage picture of L. D. Lothrop's horse-drawn wagon sandwich board advertisement.|
A REED FOG HORN
|Illustration of the working parts of a Lothrop fog horn, circa 1903.|
|A picture of the L. D. Lothrop workshop showing a horn being attached to the bellows.|
Photo was taken from the blog "Schooner Adventure Mug Up".
|Another example of a Fog horn in an oak case, bears plaque from L.D. Lothrop, Gloucester,|
Measures 16-1/2"h, 13-1/2"w, 20-1/2"d. Notice the side-mounted horn. Photo from South Bay Auctions Inc.
The pictures below are of the L.D. Lothrop boxed fog horn surviving in good working order that we currently have available. This particular model is #19082, Pat. Aug. 20, 1901 as engraved on the makers brass tag. Crank handle on box side and retaining it's original red painted wood box and black stenciled letters on both sides. A wonderful example of a Gloucester, Massachusetts artifact. The box measures 20 1/2 in. X 9 1.2 in. X 16 1/2 in. Follow the link here to the fog horn listing on our webstore at Skipjack Nautical Wares.com- L. D. Lothrop box fog horn. This fog horn comes to us from the Arthur A. Rebman Maritime Collection.
|Fog horn crank with wood handle and stenciled brand on the side.|
|View of the manufacturers brass label.|
|Opposite side of the box with stenciled "LOTHROP'S PATENT FOG HORN" and #1.|
|Top view with original leather handle.|