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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 Von Podbielski
by Bill Glover

CS VON PODBIELSKI

Built in 1899 by D.J. Dunlop & Company, Port Glasgow

Length 265.5 ft Breadth 35.1 ft Depth 22.4 ft Gross tonnage 1494

1905 postcard with cable-related message

Designed by the British firm of consulting engineers, Latimer Clark, Forde & Company, for laying and repairing. Built for Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke, coming into service in February 1900. Fitted with three cable tanks with a coiling capacity of 20,500 cubic feet, two bow sheaves and one stern sheave. Johnson & Phillips supplied the cable machinery which consisted of a forward paying out-picking up machine and an aft paying out machine. They also supplied and fitted the bow and stern sheaves. Sold to the Dutch East Indies Government in 1905 and renamed Telegraaf. Broken up in 1914.

CABLE WORK

1900

Shanghai - Tsingtau, China

1903 Tschifu - Taku

1901

Bacton, England - Borkum, Germany - Emden 3

1903

Greetsiel - Borkum - Fayal, Azores

1904

Fayal, Azores - New York

1905

Constantza, Rumania - Constantinople, Turkey

CABLE REPAIRS

1903 Borkum - Fayal repair to 1903 cable

CABLE WORK AS TELEGRAAF

1905 Balikpapan - Macassar, Dutch East Indies

Cableships Index Page

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