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

CS Henry Holmes
by Bill Glover

CS HENRY HOLMES

Built in 1903 by Napier and Mills Ltd., Glasgow

Length 221.0 ft  Breadth 31.6 ft  Depth 15.5 ft  Gross tonnage 978

Built for the West India and Panama Telegraph Company as a replacement for CS Grappler, and named after Captain Henry Holmes, a director of the company, who was involved in the ship's design. The Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company supplied the cable machinery, which consisted of two independent combined paying out-picking up machines and one steam engine, all mounted on the well deck. Three cable tanks, triple bow sheaves and a single stern sheave were also fitted.

In August 1924 the vessel was moored in the harbour at St Thomas and during a hurricane lost both anchors and chains; the Captain, G.E. Greeve was forced to steam about the harbour all night. For his skill he was awarded a gold watch and 100 guineas (£105) by Lloyds of London. A similar incident occurred four years later.

In service until 1930 when relegated to a cable hulk at St. Lucia.


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