James T. Kirk hears the tapping of morse code while in the brig.

Morse code was an early Human means of non-verbal communication.

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This system, developed by Samuel Morse in the 19th century, involved set series of dashes and dots, short and long tones or delays in knocks. (TOS episode: "Space Seed"; TOS novel: The Fearful Summons)

In 2155, while trapped on a Romulan ship, Charles Tucker III had used the modulation pulses to tap out a message to the Enterprise warning them of an upcoming attack. (ENT novel: Kobayashi Maru)

James T. Kirk learned Morse code as a youngster one summer when he and his brother Sam vacationed at their grandparents' house in Vermont. The brothers and three boys from a nearby farm wrote coded messages to each other, pretending to be Native Americans relaying messages against invading British soldiers, their parents. (TOS novel: Windows on a Lost World)

By the 2260s, Morse code was rarely used. (TOS novella: The Truth Machine)

In 2287, Montgomery Scott made use of Morse code in the liberation of James T. Kirk and company from the USS Enterprise -A's brig. (TOS movie: The Final Frontier)

Tom Paris and Harry Kim were familiar with Morse code from their experience with the Captain Proton holodeck programs. (VOY episode: "Drive")

In the year 2377 when the USS da Vinci was trapped in a tessaract, they were able to get a message to Montgomery Scott using Morse code. (CoE eBook: The Art of the Comeback)

In 2293, Alma Roth transmitted a message using an amalgam of two codes, Morse and Lonteen's Light, which she knew Nyota Uhura would be able to interpret, being a specialist in old codes. (TOS novel: Best Destiny)

See also: "SOS"

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