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

A Woman's Journey through the Philippines:
On a Cable Ship that Linked Together the Strange Lands Seen en Route
by Florence Kimball Russel

Published in 1907 by L.C. Page & Company of Boston, the book describes the circa-1902 cable-laying voyage of the US Army's cableship Burnside. Written by the wife of Signal Corps Major Edgar Russel, the book is largely a travelogue of the Philippine Islands, but contains some interesting descriptions of cable-laying. The full text of the book is available at the Kellscraft Studio website; a collaborative project between Kellscraft and the Atlantic Cable website.

From the introduction: "Life on a cable-ship would be a lotus-eating dream were it not for the cable."

The binding, dustjacket, endpapers, and title page were designed by Blanche McManus Mansfield, a prolific author and illustrator of the period.

Dustjacket

Binding

Front endpapers

Title page

Box

Map of the cable voyage of the Burnside

Copyright © 2007 FTL Design

Last revised: 30 November, 2008

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