History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
Harry Parker and HMTS Monarch (4)
HMTS Monarch (4) was built in 1946 for the GPO, and was the largest cable ship afloat at that time. Before he joined the Merchant Navy, Harry Parker says he was really just a “Jack Of All Trades”, and decided to join up to travel the world.
During Harry’s service on the Monarch he certainly achieved that goal. In 1952 the ship laid a series of cables for the US Air Force, from Cape Canaveral in Florida down through the Bahamas. In 1953 a communications cable was laid from Brazil to the Cape Verde Islands, and in 1954 four power cables across the St Lawrence River in Canada.
Harry’s last major voyage on Monarch was to lay the second transatlantic telephone cable in 1958, TAT-2 from France to Newfoundland and on to Nova Scotia. He retired from the sea in 1959.
While Harry was on HMTS Monarch (4) the ship made a number of ports of call in the United States, each recorded on his Crewman’s Landing Permit.
In 1959 Harry decided to leave the Merchant Navy, and resigned from HMTS Monarch.
Mark McEvor adds:
See also the main page for HMTS Monarch (4)
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