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The incredible beauty and ingenuity of deck prisms

A table top featuring a number of deck prisms

PortandTerminal.com, January 6, 2020 HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – Before electricity, sailors had to use candles, oil and kerosene lamps to provide light below deck on a ship. As you can imagine, having open flames as light sources on wooden ships at sea was dangerous which, after a number of major ship fires, eventually gave rise to the invention of the beautiful deck prism in 1840. …

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