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Feb. 12, 1963 A. L. WAIT, JR 3,076,983 SIGNAL PADDLE Filed Jan. 20, 1960 l2 ‘gig-‘1531,1252 : /26 ééa. 4 W /ze 34 34 WWW-M72777 /\--(;I // 20 @5 EN TOR. @[7 A. Loagvnlllwalrm. * BY SM‘? w ATTOR/ZEY hire States Patent ()?icc E?id?dg Patented Feb. 12, lhdd 2 SAY/‘6,983 dhGNAL PADDLE Albert Logan Wait, Jan, 114 E. 24th St, Tulsa, Gilda. Filed Jan. 2t), 19%, Ser. No. 3,657 2 (Ilairns. (ill. 9-8.3) an opening 20 in the handle portion 16 for the attachment of various weights and devices which in water will cause the blade portion 12 to rise above the Water surface. It can be readily appreciated that in such a position, wave action in itself will cause suf?cient movement or “wobble” to attract attention for emergency purposes or act as a This invention relates to a marine safety and signaling marker accordingly. The blade portion 12 is constructed device. More particularly, it relates to a marine paddle or coated with a highly visible paint composition 21. which is so arranged, designed and constructed as to be Such a composition is highly ?uorescent under condition capable of use in emergency situations. 10 of greatest illumination, i.e., during daylight, sunlight, or it is a well known phenomenon that visibility (the arti?cial light conditions. The paint pigment ordinarily greatest distance at which an observer with normal eye ?uoresces under radiation of ultraviolet or higher wave sight can see a dark colored object) is lessened over bodies lengths. of water. This is because haze particles are primarily The embodiment shown according to FIGURE 5 rep hygroscopic, i.e., they attract water vapor. Such par 15 resents use of the signal paddle according to this invention ticles act to ditiuse light adding to the difficulty of seeing as a temporary buoy when a slack cord or line as is objects. A primary object of this invention is to provide a paddle constructed in such a manner that it is capable of pro attached at the handle portion 16 through opening 20 at one end and an anchor 23 at the other end, provided to rest on the bottom of the body of water. The line viding an emergency signal for boating, canoeing, and 20 26 holds the handle portion down, in the water, permit similar sports over water where visibility is usually im ting the blade to wobble and move for re-location of paired. that position. Used in this manner, the signal paddle An additional object of this invention is to provide a of this invention becomes a marker buoy for favorite signal paddle capable of use as a signal buoy tor use in fishing spots, lost equipment, sunken boats, etc. marking or locating objects in bodies of water. 25 In FIGURES 6 and 7, various additional embodiments These and other objects and advantages will become are described for adding additional weight to the handle more apparent upon further reading of the speci?cation portion of a paddle 1i}, such that upon landing in the and claims when taken in conjunction with the following water, the weight is suf?cient enough that it will force drawings, of which: the handle down and permit the blade of the paddle to FEGURE l is an elevational view of a paddle con 30 wobble and move up above the surface, yet of insuf~ structed in accordance with this invention. ?cient Weight to carry the paddle to the bottom. As a FIGURE 2 is a sectional view taken along the line typical example, a weight up to about one-half pound 2-2 of FIGURE 1. for small paddles placed at the end of the paddle is suf FIGURE 3 is a sectional view taken along the line iicent. In the embodiment of FIGURE 6 a small sphere 35 3-3 of FIGURE 1. of material whose density is greater than the paddle is FIGURE 4 is a sectional view taken along the line adapted to be attached thereto using a bolt through 4-4 of FIGURE 1. opening 2d of handle portion 16. The sphere shape FIGURE 5 is an elevational view showing a further provides adequate gripping surface when the paddle is embodiment of this invention as an emergency signal used in its normal function of moving boats and the like buoy. FlGURES 6 and 7 represent additional embodiments to this invention for use with the signal paddle as de scribed herein. Brie?y, this invention concerns a paddle construction 40 through water. In the view of FIGURE 7, additional weight is provided to the handle portion 16 by attach ment of a metallic plate 32, using wood screws 34. The plate may provide additional advertising space or be used for identi?cation purposes by imprinting one's name, in which the blade portion is constructed or coated with a 45 address, etc. high visibility paint capable of being seen for great dis tances over water in the daylight hours. Such a device has developed into a standard signalling apparatus, car ried in all forms of devices, boats, and the like, used in and around bodies of water. By properly moving or waving It can be appreciated that in use the paddle of this invention will attract a greater area of attention from the two sides of the blade during emergency signalling use. Although this invention has speci?cally described ways in which additional weight can be added to the handle the device indicates an emergency situation in which others in the area may readily see to come to the aid or portion of signal paddles according to this invention, this portion 12 which emerges into a cylindrical stem or shank portion 14, the latter terminating in a knob or handle section 16. The overall length is, typically, up to about three feet and preferably about two and one-half feet for Iclaim: 1. A paddle for use as an emergency signalling device in a body of water comprising a unitary blade, shank is not to be held limiting as other methods of adding rescue. In addition, apparatus is provided for causing additional weight may be used. For example, leaded the highly visible blade portion of the paddle to ride upright in the body of water, immediately attracting at 55 inserts may be provided into the handle portion, or ?sh weights attached through opening 20 by‘ means of a tention to others within the area in case of capsizing or ?shing line or the like, the purpose being to provide sinking of boats, canoes, and the like. In addition the sufiicient weight of the handle portion which, upon be apparatus is capable of use as a buoy marker for locating ing in the water, will drop below the surface thereof and objects in bodies of water. Referring now to the drawings in particular, the wood, 60 permit the signal portion or blade having a highly visible coating 21 thereon to be seen above the surface of wate plastic or metallic paddle, or oar, generally indicated by Accordingly, this invention should not be limited to the numeral it) is typically of a relatively short length for the speci?c embodiments described herein, but should easy storage in “out of the way” portions of boats, canoes, only be limited by the scope ot the appended claims. and the like. The paddle includes a relatively ?at blade and handle portions, said blade portions substantially ready storage out of the way during normal boating, yet is 70 coated with a daylight activated ?uorescent material, and means for attaching additional material of density greater not bulky or unwieldy for use during signalling. An that water directly to said handle portion for causing important embodiment of this invention is the provision of arr/ages 1'» ' a a substantial portion of said handle and said shank to drop below the surface of said water and maintain said blade above the surface of said Water A . . ' . . 2. A paddle aecordmg to claim 1 wherein said means B‘ 1,804,084 Blake 2,543,879 Smokey ______________ __ Mar‘ 6, 1951 744,522 Great Britain _________ __ Feb. 8, 1956 for attaching includes an opening in said handle portion 5 and ‘clamping means in said opening directly connecting said additional material and said handle portion. 53 References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS _______________ __ FOREIGN PATENTS May 5, 1931 .