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

Assorted Cables (CM)

No.

Description

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See text for sizes.
1

110mm x 15mm, stranded (1 + 6) core, twisted very thin wire armour, brass label:
“A part of the Atlantic submarine electric telegraph cable. Manufactured by Glass, Elliot & Co. London ”

1857/58 Atlantic cable, deep-sea.

2

100mm x 20mm, single stranded (1 + 6) core, 16 small diameter armour wires, covered in varnished hemp:
“Silvertown Telegraph Works, London”
“248”

Unknown.

3

75mm x 30mm, single stranded (1 + 6) core, 10 hemp-bound armour wires (untarred):
“Telegraph Construction & Maintenance Company Ltd.”
“Contractors, London”
“Société du Cable Transatlantique Français Limited”
“Brest to New York 1869”
“Deep Sea Cable”

1869 French Atlantic cable. Similar to 1865/66 Atlantic cable, but a slightly larger conductor. See also number 6.

4

75mm x 30mm, single stranded (1 + 6) core, 10 hemp-bound armour wires (tarred), very light weight:
“Glass Elliot & Co.”
“46”
“Contractors London”

1865 Atlantic cable.

5

70mm x 30mm, single segmented (1 + 11) core, 18 armour wires, covered with hemp

Unknown.

6

86mm x 30mm, single stranded (1 + 6) core, 10 hemp-bound armour wires, very light weight:
“Atlantic 1869”

1869 French Atlantic cable. Similar to 1865/66 Atlantic cable, but a slightly larger conductor. See also number 3.

7

100mm x 35mm, single stranded (1 + 6) core, 12 armour wires:
“165”

Unknown.

8

100mm x 35mm, single stranded (1 + 6) core, 10 armour wires

Unknown.

9

153mm x 35mm, segmented (1 + 4) core, 12 armour wires, teredo shield, hemp covering, paper label:
“Cable laid from the Cape to St Helena during the year 1900”

1899 Cape Town - St Helena - Ascension cable.

10

145mm x 32mm, single stranded (1 + 6) core, 10 armour wires

Unknown

 
11

100mm x 50mm, single stranded (1 + 6) core, double armoured, 12 and 14 wires, varnished hemp outer:
“Silvertown Telegraph Works, London”
“166”

Unknown shore-end.

12

90mm x 65mm, single strand (1 + 6) core, double armoured, 10 hemp-bound wires (same as deep-sea section) surrounded by 12 x 3 woven wires, small paper label:
“First Atlantic marine cable”

1865 Atlantic shore end.

13

75mm x 30mm, single stranded (1 + 6) core, 10 hemp-bound armour wires, very light weight. On stand with plate:
“Atlantic 1866”

1866 Atlantic cable. See also number 4.

See main photo above
14

Watch fob with brass bezel and loose ring, 22mm diameter,

1858 Atlantic cable.

15

70mm diameter alloy, glass-topped case or paperweight:
“Henley Cable”
“W.T. Henley’s Telegraph Works Co., London”
“3 x .4 sq. in. PVC insulated textile bedded SWA and served LT cable”

Three core armoured power cable.

16

Brooch with dark wood bezel and back pin, section of 38mm diameter cable, 7 stranded (1 + 6) cores, 24 armour wires

Unknown.

17 75mm diameter brass case with glass, containing section of three conductor lead sheathed power cable:
“Callender’s .075 three phase high tension trunk main”

Underground power cable.

18

75mm x 30mm, single stranded (1 + 6) core, 10 hemp-bound armour wires (untarred), very light weight. On marble base.

1866 Atlantic cable. See also number 4.

See main photo above
19

70mm brass case (perhaps originally silver-plated), knurled removable top with bevelled glass, containing a cable section with a single stranded (1 + 6) core and double armour: 10 hemp-bound wires (same as deep-sea section) surrounded by 12 x 3 woven wires.

1865 Atlantic shore end. See also number 12.

See main photo above

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