Atlantic Telegraph Cable 1865

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Atlantic Telegraph Cable 1865

A PIECE OF THE 1865 ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH CABLE

The inscription reads " Atlantic Cable 1865 Recovered in a depth of 1950 fathoms after 13 months submersion".

This piece of cable is part of our Family History and a piece was given to my Grandma and each of her three sisters. Sir James Anderson's mother was the sister of my Great Great Great Grandma.

Sir James Anderson, 1824-1893, was Knighted by Queen Victoria for the share taken by him as Captain of the Great Eastern in laying the Atlantic Telegraph Cable 1866 and for repairing the 1865 cable.

The cable was invented and patented by John & Edwin Wright, Universe Works, London and Birmingham using wire supplied by Webster & Horsfall, Hay Mills, Birmingham.

Until this year communications between Europe & America had been by ship, taking up to two weeks. The successful laying of the cable sped up communications to within minutes, allowing an inquiry & response in the same day.

The 1865 & 1866 cables ceased to operate in 1872 & 1877 but by then other cables were in use.

Only the introduction of the first communications satellites in the 1960s offered a serious alternative to the cables.

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Location

Birmingham & London

Culture
Period

Early 1860s

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Size
H:
10.5cm
W:
2.5cm
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