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

Henry M. Ash and CS Faraday (1)
1879-1900

HENRY ASH SKETCHES: 1879

Note: Sketches with record IDs beginning with AC are in the collection of the Atlantic Cable website. All other sketches are in the collection of the Library and Archives Canada.

Notes from news accounts and other contemporary documents are interspersed in this font.

--Bill Burns
 
1879
Brest, France - St. Pierre, Saint Pierre and Miquelon
(La Compagnie Française du Télégraphe de Paris à New York)
Faraday sailed in June 1879 and the cable was handed over to its owners five months later.

The Times, LONDON, June 6, 1879. The steamer Faraday will leave Millwall, on the Lower Thames, on Monday next, and begin loading the new French Atlantic cable on Tuesday, and will sail in about a week after. The shore ends and the Brest and Scilly connection will be laid first. The Faraday will then return to the Thames for the deep-sea cable, which is being manufactured as rapidly as possible.


New York Times: LONDON, June 25, 1879. A telegram from the steamer Faraday announces that 140 knots of the cable have been paid out since last report.


New York Times: LONDON, August 12, 1879. Up to yesterday, the 11th inst., the steamer Faraday had laid successfully over 1,000 miles of the new French cable.


New York Times: LONDON, Sept. 6, 1879. The Standard says it has authentic information that the deep-sea section of the French cable has been laid and that the line is complete from Brest to St. Pierre. The steamer Faraday is now returning to Europe to ship the section of the cable which is to connect St. Pierre with New-York.


New York Times: LONDON, Oct. 8, 1879. The steamer Faraday has sailed for St. Pierre, Miquelon, to complete the laying of the new French cable.

October 21, 1879
A Street in St. Pierre
Atlantic Cable Website AC-01

October 22, 1879
St Pierre off Newfoundland, landing
place of the 1879 Atlantic Cable
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414121

October 28, 1879
Galantry Head Lighthouse, St. Pierre
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414122

November 3, 1879
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414123

New York Times: LONDON, Nov. 4, 1879. Siemens Brothers, of the Ocean Telegraph Cable Works here, have received a telegram from the steamer Faraday, through the new French cable, and dated on Nov. 3, stating that the Faraday had successfully completed the present part of the operations of laying the cable, and is proceeding to Halifax.


New York Times: HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Nov. 4, 1879. The cable steamer Faraday arrived today. She has laid a telegraph cable for the new French company between Brest and St. Pierre, and is now engaged in laying a cable between the latter place and Cape Cod. The Faraday was in the heavy gale of last week, but kept steadily at work. The cable was buoyed 200 miles from Cape Cod on Sunday night.

November 6, 1879
Entrance to Halifax Harbor, Nova Scotia
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414124

November 7, 1879
Dartmouth, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414125

November 8, 1879
Bedford Basin, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414126

November 8, 1879
Bedford Basin, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414127

November 9, 1879
On the Road to the Lakes near Dartmouth, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414128

November 9, 1879
The Lake Beyond Dartmouth. Halifax N.S.
Atlantic Cable Website AC-02

New York Times: NORTH EASTHAM, Mass., Nov. 15, 1879. A watch was kept all last night, by a large number of men, for the steamer Faraday, but it was not until 7:30 this morning that she was dimly discerned through the light fog which lay over the water. The Faraday approached, until at 10 o'clock she anchored about a mile from the beach. A boat then put off from the steamer, proceeded about half way to the beach, made frequent soundings, and returned to the steamer at 11:30.

November 16, 1879
Landing the Shore End of 1879 French
Atlantic Cable at Cape Cod, America
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414129

November 16, 1879
Cape Cod, United States of America, Landing
Place of the French Atlantic Cable of 1879

Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414130

November 17, 1879
Cape Cod, Southern Portion, U.S. America
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414131

New York Times: NORTH EASTHAM, Mass., Nov 17, 1879. To-day the final splice was made, and the cable was worked throughout the entire circuit from Cape Cod to Brest.

December 7, 1879
Homeward Bound, S.S. "Faraday" off Hastings
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414132

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