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

1925 Fisherman's Point (Cuba) - New York Cable

The New FP-New York Cable [All America Cables]
[from All America Review, February 1925]

On January 6 the last splice was made in the new Fisherman's Point-New York Cable and immediately it was put into operation.

The laying of this cable began on Saturday morning, December 27, 1924. The C. S. Colonia, the largest cable ship afloat, brought the cable across the Atlantic and arrived at New York with it on Christmas Day. On December 26th the shore end was inspected and discharged into a barge which was then towed to a point off Manhattan Beach.

On Saturday morning, December 27th, a small boat put off from the barge at dawn carrying the light rope to the shore, which rope had attached to it a heavier rope for the actual hauling in of the cable. The buoys were dropped off and, supported by these, the cable was pulled ashore by powerful motor trucks stationed on the beach and connected with the landline running to the Headquarters office. After the shore end had been laid the splice was made between it and the deep sea cable and the Colonia left at once for Cuba, paying out the cable as she went. The laying of the cable at sea was completed on January 6th, exactly ten days after the ship left New York.

President Merrill and Vice President Roosevelt were present when the shore end was laid and inspected the laying of it. The cable was made by the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company of London and cost approximately $1,500,000.

President Merrill stated to the New York press that the high standard of service which All America Cables has maintained in the past is now reassured to the public for many years to come. He said, "The eagerness of this Company to anticipate future requirements is further emphasized by this latest extension which has already met with great enthusiasm from the cabling public of not only Latin America and the United States, but of Europe as well."

Steps at Completion of New Cable

6:30 P. M. Jan. 6, 1924. FP/NY cable completed.

6 :49 P. M./7:42 P. M. sending West Indian traffic.

7 :42 P. M. to 11:03 P. M. cable being tested by the Telegraph Condenser Engineers.

11:03 P. M. released to All America Cables.

11 :05 P. M. Jan. 6th to 3:13 A. M. Jan. 7th, cable being balanced by FP and NY, and adjusting signals, etc.

3 :13 A. M. traffic started, working duplex at 600 centre holes.

The first signals received over the new cable

Last revised: 9 February, 2010

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