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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 Duchess Of Marlborough / Mexican
by Bill Glover


Built in 1874 by Barrow Ship Building Co., Barrow in Furness

Length 172.0 ft  Breadth 23.0 ft  Depth 12.5 ft  Gross tonnage 402

Purchased by the West India and Panama Telegraph Company from the Dublin and Glasgow Steam Packet Company in 1880 and fitted out for cable repair duties. Sold to the Mexican Telegraph Company in 1893 and renamed CS Mexican.

Sold in 1910 to Reid (Newfoundland) Ltd., for commercial trading, reverting to her original name. Based at Galveston until 1913 when wrecked off the coast of Nova Scotia.

Last revised: 17 February, 2013

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