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CS Britannia (2)
by Bill Glover

CS BRITANNIA (2)

CS Britannia (2)

Built in 1885 by Laird Brothers, Birkenhead

Length 247.2 ft.  Breadth 34.3 ft.  Depth 17.4 ft.  Gross tonnage 1525

The first vessel that Telcon had designed and built as a cable ship, previous vessels being conversions. Fitted with three cable tanks, two forward and one aft, with a total coiling capacity of 18,700 cubic feet. Two separate paying out-picking up machines were fitted on the main deck and a paying out machine was fitted aft on the port side. Twin bow and single stern sheaves were fitted.

CS Britannia (2) was used to assist the larger cable layers such as Colonia and Anglia. Sold to the Eastern Telegraph Company in 1904 and used for 20 years on cable repairs throughout the Eastern network. Relegated to a storage hulk at Zanzibar in 1924.

CS Britannia (2) at Capetown, South Africa, c. 1910
Image courtesy of Tony Davies

CABLE WORK

Capt. J. Seymour:
1886 Bathurst, Gambia - Freetown, Sierra Leone - Accra, Gold Coast
1886 Accra, Gold Coast - Lagos - Brass - Bonny, Nigeria
1890 Madras, India - Penang, Malaya
1891 Madras - Penang No. 2
 
Capt. J. Kennedy:
1893 Bonny - Calabar - Duala
1893 Zanzibar - Seychelles: Seychelles - Mauritius
1894 Valentia, Ireland - Hearts Content, Newfoundland
 
Capt. H. Woodcock:
1896 Greetsiel - Borkum - Vigo
 
Capt. J.E. Leach:
1900 Cuckmere - Le Havre
1900 Greetsiel - Borkum, Germany - Fayal, Azores
1901 Porthcurno, England - Madeira
1902 Cottesloe, Perth, W. Australia - Adelaide, S. Australia

CABLE REPAIRS

Capt. J. Seymour:
1886 Freetown, Sierra Leone - Accra, Gold Coast
1886 Hoyer - Arendal
1887 Valentia - Newfoundland 1873, 1874, 1880 cables, new shore ends at Valentia
1887 Lowestoft - Greetsiel
1887 Valentia - Greetsiel near Beachy Head
1887 Ballinskelligs - Halifax deviation from Torbay
1887 Halifax - Rye Beach deviation off Brown's Bank
1888 Carcavelos, Portugal - Madeira (2) near Funchal
1888 Madeira - St. Vincent cable (1) near Funchal
1888 Lowestoft - Greetsiel
1888 Cuxhaven - Heligoland  
 
Capt. J. Kennedy:
1888 Lowestoft - Greetsiel cable
1888 Carcavelos, Portugal - Madeira (1) near Funchal
1889 Lowestoft - Greetsiel
1889 Ballinskelligs - Halifax (1) on Great Bank
1889 Ballinskelligs - Halifax (2) on Great Bank
1889 Brest, France - St. Pierre 1869 cable
1890 Valentia - Greetsiel 2 repairs carried out, 1 off Valentia, 1 off St. Catherines
1891 Ballinskelligs - Halifax  
 
Capt. H. Woodcock:
1891 Carcavelos - Madeira 1873 cable:  
 
Capt. J. Kennedy:
1892 Greetsiel - Valentia 5 repairs, off Valentia, Portland, St. Albans, St Catherines, West Hinder  
1892 Halifax - Rye Beach 2 repairs, Rye Beach, off Browns Bank
1892 Halifax - Rye Beach 2 repairs on Green Bank
1892 Brest - St. Pierre off Brest
1892 Ballinskelligs - Halifax mid Ocean
1894 Greetsiel - Valentia 2 repairs off Dover and Isle of Wight
1894 Hoyer - Arendal off Jutland
1894 Salcombe - Brignogan off Brignogan
1895 Greetsiel - Valentia off Valentia
1895 Salcombe - Brignogan 3 repairs, 2 Mid Channel, 1 off Brignogan
1895 Hoyer - Arendal cable. 2 repairs off Arendal and Sylt
1896 Greetsiel - Valentia cable 4 repairs, off Isle of Wight, Owers, the Start, near Ruytingen Lightship  
 
Capt. H. Woodcock:
1896 Brest - Penzance off Penzance
1896 Brest - Penzance 3 repairs Mid Channel
1896 Greetsiel - Valentia off the Start
1897 Greetsiel - Valentia off Valentia
1897 Salcombe - Brignogan off Brignogan
1898 Greetsiel - Valentia in St. George's Channel
1898 Hoyer - Arendal off Jutland
1898 Salcombe - Brignogan off Salcombe
1899 Greetsiel - Valentia 3 repairs
1899 Hoyer - Arendal:  
 
Capt. J.E. Leach:
1900 Penzance - Brignogan off Penzance
1900 Brest - St. Pierre
1900 Borkum - Fayal 3 repairs, 2 near Haaks, 1 off the Start:  
1901 Valentia - Hearts Content:  
 
Capt. F.H. Price:
1902 Penzance - Brignogan
1902 Borkum - Vigo, 2 repairs
1902 Valentia - Hearts Content 1894 cable
1903 Borkum - Vigo
1903 Le Havre - Waterville, 2 repairs
1903 Valentia - Hearts Content 1873, 1874 cables
1903 Borkum - Vigo
1903 Borkum - Lowestoft 1871 cable
1903 Borkum - Fayal 1903 cable
1903 Borkum - Vigo 1896 cable
1904 Brest - Cape Cod 1898 cable:  

OTHER DUTIES

Capt. H. Woodcock:
1897 Route survey Bermuda - Turks Island - Jamaica 1898 cable
1897

Route survey German Atlantic 1900 cable

 
Capt. J.E. Leach:
1901 Route survey for Pacific Cable

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