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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 Westmeath/François Arago
by Bill Glover

CS WESTMEATH / FRANÇOIS ARAGO

François Arago at Le Havre
Postcard dated 31 January 1906

Built in 1882 by Sunderland Shipbuilding Co.

Length 320.0' Breadth 42.4' Depth 19.0' Gross tonnage 3342

Owned by W.T. Henley Telegraph Works. Chartered in 1887 to La Société Française des Télégraphes Sous-Marin to lay cables in the Antilles. Sold in 1893 to La Société Industrielle des Téléphones and renamed François Arago. Sold out of the cable world in 1914 to La Compagnie Française de Marine et Commerce and renamed Peronne.

CABLE WORK AS WESTMEATH

1888 Santiago de Cuba - Guantanamo, Cuba
Guantanamo, Cuba - St Nicholas Mole, Haiti
St Nicholas Mole - Cap Haitien, Haiti
Cap Haitien - Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
1889 Fort de France, Martinique - Point à Pirie, Guadeloupe
Point à Pirie - St Louis, Marie Galante
Fort de France - Charlotte Amélie, St Thomas
1890 Fort de France, Martinique - Paramaribo, Dutch Guiana
1890 Halifax, Nova Scotia - Bermuda
1890 Trinidad - British Guiana
1890

St Vincent - Barbados

1891 Paramaribo - Cayenne, French Guiana - Vizen, Brazil
1891 Mole St Nicholas - Port au Prince, Haiti
1891

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic - Fort de France, Martinique

1891

Guadeloupe - Marie Galante: Guadeloupe - The Saints Island

1892 Nassau, Bahamas - Jupiter, Florida

1892

Marseilles - Oran

See also this page on the survey work carried out by CS Westmeath for the 1890-91 cables.

CABLE WORK AS FRANÇOIS ARAGO

1893

Mon Repos, Queensland, Australia - Téoudié, New Caledonia

1895 Madagascar - Mozambique

1896

New York - Coney Island

1896

Coney Island, USA - Cap Haitien, Haiti

1897-8 Brest, France - Cape Cod, USA
1898 Cape Cod - New York

1901

Tourane, French Indo China - Amoy, China

1905

Poulo Condor, French Indo China - Pontiak, Borneo, Dutch East Indies

1905

Tamatave, Madagascar - St. Dennis, Reunion

1906

St. Dennis, Reunion - Port Louis, Mauritius

Last revised: 22 September, 2015

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