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History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
from the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network

From the first submarine cable, laid in 1850, to the
present day fiber optic connections circling the world
Site Changes 2007
28 December Added 1885 article on Cyrus Field: Junk Dealer
26 December Added 1875 article on the Silvertown Cable Works
24 December Added 1886 biography of cable pioneer Frederic Newton Gisborne
22 December Added page on Cyrus Field's 1864 Banquet in London
22 December Added page for Siemens Brothers Cable Price List, 1870s
22 December Added page for the Great Northern Centenary Book, 1869-1969
21 December Added page by Bill Glover on CS Nordeney / HMTS Alert (3)
21 December Added page on Cyrus Field's 1872 Banquet in London
18 December Added page on Cable Recovery with photographs of marine growth on recovered cables
12 December Added 1867 article by Robert Sabine on Submarine Telegraphy at the Paris Universal Exhibition 
9 December Added page on Richard Johnson & Nephew - suppliers of wire to cable manufacturers since 1851
29 November Added page by Bill Glover on HMS Bullhead / CS Electra (2) / CS Cable Guardian
26 November Added book extract: Sir James Anderson on Submarine Cables - their design and construction, and reasons for their failure
23 November Added page on the Bamfield Cable Station
8 November Added new Cable Story on Benjamin Powell Wilkins and the wreck of CS Robert Lowe
7 November Added page by Steven Roberts on Tal Shaffner's Northern Line Atlantic cable proposal
5 November Added new photographs and cable details to the CS IT Intrepid page
30 October Added page by Bill Glover on Dutch East Indies Government cables
29 October Added page by Bill Glover on CS Grappler
27 October Added page on CS Duplex
8 October Added The Electric Telegraph - an 1851 poem on the wonders of telegraphy
4 October Added page by Bill Glover on CS Global Sentinel
2 October Added pages by Bill Glover on CS Directeur-General Bast, CS Emba, CS Flexservice (2), CS Seaway Condor, CS Stanelco (2), CS Teneo, ACS St Margarets, MV Svitzer Magellan
20 September Added new Cable Story on James Alan Bambrough: CS Dominia & CS Telconia
20 September Added 1902 article How Cables Unite The World
30 August Added page by George Smith on Cableship Flume Tanks
27 August Added page by Steven Roberts on the West Highland Telegraph
27 August Added new Cable Story on Alf Newsome and Cable Ships Silvertown, Dacia, Mexican, Electra
21 August Added page on CS Ile de Sein
5 August Added new Cable Story on Eric Tate and the Admiralty Cable Ships 1944-47
4 August Added cable chess souvenirs from 1897 and 1898 to the Cable Chess Match page.
3 August Added new Cable Story on Jose Manuel Gil and CS Mercury, 1978 .
2 August Added newspaper accounts of the completion in 1882 of the Central and South American West Coast cable. Thanks to David Siddle for the text of these articles.
30 July Added 1898 article by Ewing Matheson on Submarine Telegraph Lines, which includes costs for laying and maintaining cables.
26 July Added new Cable Story on Ken Guy and the CS Ocean Layer fire.
24 July

Added text of Epitome of Proceedings at a Telegraphic Soirée, given by Samuel Gurney M.P., At 25, Prince's Gate, Hyde Park, March 26,1862.

23 July Added page by Allan Green on a Mystery Cable at Porthcurno Telegraph Museum. This landline cable may have been used as a telegraph connection, or in a radio application.
18 July Added page by Bill Glover on the history of the Atlantic Cable enterprise, 1850-1858
12 July Added page by Bill Glover on CS Mirror (2)
16 June Added page by Jim Jones on cable gear supplied by SCL/Telcon to the USSR
14 June Added note by Bill Glover on CS Iris and the Falklands War
7 June Added page by Bill Glover on the USSR cableship CS Ingul
5 June Added page by Steven Roberts on the Electric Telegraph Company of Ireland
31 May Added detailed description of the laying of the 1861 Malta-Alexandria cable
22 May Added Salient Features In Cable Design Since 1850 - a timeline of cable technical developments from 1850 to 1959 by Submarine Cables Ltd.
16 May Added The Cable History Trail - an illustrated guide for visitors to the sites of the earliest Atlantic Cables in County Kerry, Ireland
3 May Added new Cable Story on Alfred Lawrence Spalding and CS Levant II - cable laying during the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915-16
6 March Added page by Steven Roberts on the Indo-European Telegraph Company
20 February Added page on companies involved in manufacturing the 1865 Atlantic Cable
5 February Added page on 1858 Atlantic Cable souvenir advertisements
30 January Added page on the 1984 ANZCAN cable, with images of the STC commemorative medallion
24 January Added page on CS Levant II
19 January Added page on the 1856 Cabot Strait cable, a crucial link for the first Atlantic Cable
15 January Added article from Chambers' Journal on the 1869 French Cable
15 January Added technical note on Sea Earths
10 January Added page on Cable Signalling Speeds
8 January Added new Cable Story: James Dooley's Violin, made on board HMTS Iris (2) in 1941
4 January Added page on the 1857 maiden voyage of the USS Niagara

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Last revised: 14 January, 2009

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