History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
Memoirs of an STC Project Engineer
1969 - August - Rome-Sardinia
This cable was Civitavecchia - Golfo di Aranci No. 2, 135 nm of cable and 20 repeaters, laid by STC for the Italian Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.
The story for this project has not yet been written, but here are some details of the laying by CS John W Mackay, and photographs of the landing of the Sardinia shore end.
The first picture shows Mike Hedges, a cable engineer from STC Southampton. He is on the radio to the ship and I'm standing next to him. We had been sent out to supervise the laying of the shore end at Costa Esmeralda in Sardinia.
Images and text copyright © 2011 David Watson
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Last revised: 10 June, 2011