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precise meaning that "A over I" had in the 1920s. Here, courtesy of the G. W. Blunt White Library at Mystic Seaport Musuem, is the whole sequence of "A bandon" signals from the International Code of Signals, American Edition of 1920:

URGENT AND IMPORTANT SIGNALS. TWO-FLAG SIGNALS. ABANDON--ASSIST ANCE.

l)(.)\"l-IB1\) ' I

EAS.\ \"'}

YACHT SAILS

ABANDON.

AB AC AD

AJ

-Abandon tbe vessel as fast as possible. -Do not abandon the vessel. -Do not abandon tbe vessel until tbe tide ha• ebbed. -Do you intend to abandon 1 -1 do not intend to abandon the vessel. -1 must abandon the vessel. - I shall abandon my vessel unless you will keep by us. - I will not, abandon you. I will remain by you (or vessel indicated). - I (or, They) wish to abandon, but have

AK

-Is she (or vessel indicated) abandoned 1

AE AF AG AH AI

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' ' 1A r;" E RIDING SAILS

COTTON • FLAX • DACRON

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