Sunday, March 30, 2014

KYLEMORE ABBEY CASTLE AND MOUNTAIN IN THE WEST OF IRELAND. HERE POWER WILL BE GENERATED FOR MARCONIS NEW PROJECT, EUGENE ZIMMERMAN, HELENE ZIMMERMANS FATHER WHO PURCHASED KYLEMORE CASTLE FOR THE DUKE AND DUCHESS WEDDING GIFT, THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF MANCHESTER


KYLEMORE CASTLE AND MOUNTAIN IN THE WEST OF IRELAND. HERE POWER WILL BE GENERATED FOR MARCONPS NEW PROJECT
The sending and receiving station which, since the establishment of trans-Atlantic wireless communication has handled the Marconi grams passing between the two continents, is located a short distance from the little citv
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Clifton which occupies tanderagee almost central  Mr Eugene Zimmerman Clifden, the ccapitol of County Connemara and the terminus of the railway, is advantageously situated at the head of and well above Clifton Bay, itself an inlet of Arid bear Bay, and the Marconi station would seem to have every possible advantage of site except great altitude above sea level. This latter Mr. Marconi now proposes to secure by making a new base of operations in the heart of the mountains of Connemara some dozen miles from Clifden. According to the present tentative plan the plant at Clifden will not be abandoned, but will be continued as a sending station. A receiving station will be established on top of the mountains at the Pass of Kylemore. The mountains here appear as solid masses of marble and granite, but scantily covered with early hin many places and with but a meagre vegetation. They rise to a ma-ximum height of 2,700 feet.
A most spectacular phase of the project is Mr. Marconi’s scheme for arranging his antennae. The aerial will not be supported on a pole in the usual manner, but will be suspended in a far flung span between two of the mountain peaks. A person who has had any opportunity to observe the wild gales that sweep along this exposed and rocky coast cannot but marvel at the suggestion that so extended a span will stand up in the face of the bulfetings of the wind, but Mr. Marconi and his engineers have already conducted extensive experiments with such a wire system stretched between Diamond Mountain and its neighbor at Kylemore and the results are said to have been such as to confirm their confidence in the feasibility of the undertaking.
From the standpoint of Americans one of the most interesting features of the enterprise is that Mr. Marconi is, in effect, to have an American partner—none other than Mr. Eugene Zimmerman of Cincinnati, the Standard Oil and railroad magnate. Mr. Zimmerman some years ago purchased for his only daughter, the Duchess of Manchester, Kylemore castle and estate, one of the most famous estates in the United Kingdom, and upon which the previous owner had expended $25,000,000. Since acquiring the property Mr.Zimmerman has spent a considerable portion of each year at Kylemore, and with the instinct of an American business man has set about developing the dormant resources of the great holding which aggregates thousands of acres.
A notable outcome of the new policy at the Kylemore estate is the arrangement whereby Mr. Zimmerman undertakes to develop electrical power for the Marconi installations. Current will be supplied not only for the new receiving station iatop the mountains opposite Kylemore castle, but also for the sending
station at.Clifden, where coal—and coal obtained at no low price—is now used in the generation of power. Water power will generate electricity at- Kylemore— indeed is already doing so on a small scale. On top the mountain which rises in a sheer wall of rock directly behind Kylemore castle are located two lakes which yield a never failing and virtually limitless supply of water with a possible height of fall by comparison with which that at Niagara appears a pigmy. It is the plan of Mr. Zimmerman to carry a 24-inch pipe up the face of this mountain—in itself no slight chore—and to construct an electric power plant that will be as exceptional in its way as will the Marconi station on the neighboring ridge