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

Memorabilia & Ephemera

1858 Atlantic Cable Display

Image courtesy of David Smith

Image courtesy of the Science Musem under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence

This "cable tree" commemorative of the 1858 Atlantic Cable is made from deep-sea, intermediate, and shore-end sections of the cable. The photograph on the left shows the display in its original condition; the photograph on the right shows the cable tree on display at the Science Museum, London, now missing several pieces. See full description below.

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Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence

Cable ‘tree’, decorative souvenir of the 1858 transatlantic submarine telegraph cable, made by George Rapson, England, 1858-1865. Five short sections of original cable mounted vertically and joined by brass shanks, with seven thin disks of cable (originally ten, three missing) suspended from the mounted sections, plus a model sailor (originally two, one missing) with three flags on top. Mounted on a velvet covered circular wooden plinth.

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