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

The Ocean Telegraph March

Written by Francis Henry Brown, 1818-1891, published 1858, New York, New York, Wm. A. Pond.

The cover of the sheet music has a number of references to the 1858 cable history; there are four clickable areas which will bring up larger images of each section of the illustration.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first Atlantic cable, Professor Nigel Linge of Salford University organized a series of events at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry in October 2008.

Presented at the Museum for what was probably the first time in public since 1858 was a new recording of the Ocean Telegraph March by pianist Dr Robin Dewhurst, School of Media, Music and Performance, University of Salford. The performance was recorded by Brendan Williams and Richard Rock of the School of Media, Music and Performance in the Peel Hall of the University of Salford.

The recording is made available here by kind permission of Professor Linge and Dr Dewhurst, and is copyright © 2008 Robin Dewhurst.

Click here for the MP3 sound file of the March (2.6 megabytes)

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Last revised: 14 December, 2008

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