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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: 1894

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.

Henry Ash must have been particularly pleased with his sketches from this cable expedition, as he published a book in December 1894 entitled "Souvenir of the 1894 Mackay Bennett Atlantic Cable, Laid by Messrs. Siemens Brothers Co. for the Commercial Cable Company"

--Bill Burns
 
1894
Dover Bay, Nova Scotia - Waterville, Ireland - Weston Super Mare, England (Commercial Cable Company)
New York Times: LONDON, April 12, 1894. The steamer Faraday, with a part of the Commercial Cable Company's new cable, sailed from here to­day. The cable is to be laid from Waterville, Ireland, to Nova Scotia. The entire cable will be about 2,000 miles long. The Faraday, not being large enough to carry the whole cable, will drop the shore sections, about 500 miles, first, and then lay the deep-sea cable, which is smaller than the shore ends. The cable was manufactured by Siemens Brothers & Co. of London.

April 15, 1894
Ballinskellig Bay Ireland, landing place of the Commercial Cable Company's cables
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414171

April 16, 1894
The Skelligs Rocks off the West of Ireland 704 & 430 feet high S.S. Faraday steaming east
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414172

April 18, 1894
Bolus Head, west coast of Ireland
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414173

April 18, 1894
Waterville Ballinskellig Bay Co. Kerry Ireland
Landing the shore end of the 1894 MacKay Bennett Atlantic cable
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414174

April 28, 1894
Iceberg on the Eastern edge of Newfoundland Bank estimated about 180 feet high
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414175

April 29, 1894
Schooners cod fishing on the Great Bank of Newfoundland
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414176

May 2, 1894
A Country Road near Halifax, Nova Scotia
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414177

May 4, 1894
Point Pleasant, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414178

May 8, 1894
Fox Island, Chedabucto Bay, Nova Scotia
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414179

May 8, 1894
Landing place of the 1894 Mackay Bennett Atlantic Cable near Fox Island, Canso, Nova Scotia looking from west side of Fox Island
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414180

May 9, 1894
Canso, Nova Scotia looking through Tickle Channel from Fox Island
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414181

May 9, 1894
Landing shore end of the 1894 Mackay Bennett Atlantic cable near Fox Island, Canso, Nova Scotia
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414182

May 12, 1894
S.S. Faraday laying the 1894 Mackay Bennett Atlantic Cable near icebergs off the east coast of Newfoundland, 12th May 1894
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414183

May 12, 1894
Icebergs off Cape Race Newfoundland seen
12th May 1894 largest one about 160 feet high
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414184

May 22, 1894
The Bull Rock and Lighthouse southwest coast of Ireland boats mackerel fishing
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414185

New York Times: LONDON, June 12, 1894. The steamship Faraday sailed from Messrs. Siemens Brothers' works at Woolwich at 7:30 o'clock this evening, having on board 1,600 miles of the Commercial Cable Company's new cable. She will proceed to a point 150 miles off the Irish coast, where she will splice on to the shore end, already laid. She will then proceed to Nova Scotia, where the final splice will be made. The cable, everything going favorably, is expected to be laid by the 30th of June.

June 19, 1894
S.S. Faraday picking up buoyed end of the 1894 Mackay Bennett Atlantic cable 19th June 1894. 141 miles cable westward from Ireland put down 19th April 1894.
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414186

June 26, 1894
S.S. Faraday laying the deep sea portion of the 1894 Mackay Bennett cable in mid-Atlantic June 1894
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414187

June 28, 1894
Large iceberg on North eastern slope of Newfoundland Bank seen 28th June 1894
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414188

June 28-30, 1894
Icebergs seen on North-east slope of Newfoundland Bank 28th, 29th & 30th June 1894
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414189

July 2, 1894
Large iceberg seen on Newfoundland Bank from deck of S.S. Faraday close to 2nd July 1894. About 150 feet high.
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414192

July 6, 1894
S.S. Faraday transferring cable to S.S. Mackay Bennett at Fox Bay, Nova Scotia 6th July 1894
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414193

July 6, 1894
Cable house near Fox Island Canso, Nova Scotia landing place of the 1894 Mackay Bennett Atlantic Cable
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414194

July 7, 1894
S.S. Faraday entering the harbour of Halifax, Nova Scotia after completing the 1894 Mackay Bennett Atlantic Cable
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414195

July 14, 1894
Near Point Pleasant Halifax, Nova Scotia looking northwest
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414196

July 15, 1894
In the woods at Halifax, Nova Scotia
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414197

July 2 & August 4, 1894
Icebergs seen on north-east slope of Newfoundland Bank
2nd July & 4th of August 1894
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414198

July 19, 1894
The Yacht "Merrie" in the harbour of Halifax, Nova Scotia sailed by part of the staff of S.S. Faraday
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414190

July 23, 1894
S.S. Faraday at anchor in Halifax harbour, Nova Scotia during the thirty day's maintenance of the 1894 Mackay Bennett Atlantic Cable. Evening
Library and Archives Canada - Henry Ash Fonds: e04414191

New York Times: NEWPORT. R. I., Aug. 27, 1894. The cable steamer Faraday of the Mackay-Bennett Commercial Cable Company sailed for New-York this afternoon. The visit of this strange visitor to these waters is for the purpose of landing the company's cable at Coney Island. The feat is expected to be difficult of accomplishment, because of the heavy currents.

Henry Ash Fonds images copyright © 2006, Library
and Archives Canada. Reproduced by permission.

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