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

CS Blazer (1)
by Bill Glover

CS BLAZER (1)

A pontoon hulk loaned by the British Government to lay the 1851 Cross Channel cable. The cable was coiled into the hold of the vessel and paying out was controlled by a compression friction brake.

CABLE WORK

1851 St. Margaret’s Bay, England - Sangatte, France No. 1

 

Images from Les Merveilles de la Science, 1868


Cableships Index Page

Last revised: 24 January, 2017

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