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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: 1881

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
 
1881
Porthcurno, England - Canso, Nova Scotia
(American Telegraph & Cable Co, leased to Western Union)

New York Times: LONDON, March 23, 1881. It is stated that the cable steamer Faraday, which will be engaged in laying the new Atlantic cable, is under orders to sail at the end of April.


New York Times: LONDON, May 5, 1881. The Globe to-day says: "The cable construction steamer Faraday will sail to-day with 900 miles of cable to lay the shore ends of a new cable. She will begin operations at Penzance, then cross to Cape Sable, and then return for the deep-sea section. It is expected that two lines will be finished this Summer."


New York Times: NEW-YORK, May 10, 1881. The cable construction steamer Faraday, which has started to lay the shore ends of the new cable, has passed the Lizard, going westward.

May 28, 1881
Dover Bay, Nova Scotia,
Landing Shore End of American Atlantic Cable
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414133

New York Times: LONDON, June 5, 1881. The cable steamer Faraday has arrived at Penzance. Over 900 miles of the new telegraph cable have been laid.


New York Times: PENZANCE, June 8, 1881. The steamer Faraday has successfully landed the shore end of the new Atlantic Cable.


New York Times: LONDON, June 28, 1881. The cable construction steamer Faraday picked up the buoyed end of the new cable off Land’s End to-day and spliced it, and then proceeded for Newfoundland, laying the cable.


New York Times: LONDON, July 21, 1881. The steamer Faraday has landed the shore end of the new Atlantic cable near Land's End.


New York Times: LONDON, Aug. 27, 1881. The steamer Faraday, engaged in laying the new Atlantic cable, returned to Plymouth yesterday, where she shipped 400 tons of coil. She will leave this morning to resume operations. Since Monday last she has laid 200 miles of cable.

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