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

Atlantic Cables of 1858, 1865, 1866

Maker's sample case for the 1858, 1865, and 1866 Atlantic Cables
Photographed April 2009, Science Museum, London

1858 1865 1866
Detail of cable sections

Recovered 1865 cable, model of grapnel, and wire rope

Plate showing a similar sample case
from the book Great Inventions, 1932

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Last revised: 3 April, 2013

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