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

CS Africa
by Bill Glover


Length 308 ft.  Breadth 37.7 ft.  Depth 27.8 ft.  Gross tonnage 2279

Purchased in 1871 by W.T. Henley’s Telegraph Works Co., and converted for cable laying. Four tanks were installed with a total coiling capacity of 32,432 cu. ft. A combined paying out-picking up machine was fitted forward with a single paying out machine being fitted aft. Sold to French owners sometime after the 1874 expeditions. Broken up in 1886.


1871 Vladivostock - Nagasaki - Shanghai - Hong Kong
1872 Italy - Sicily
1873 Oye, France - Fanö, Denmark
1873 Skagen, Denmark - Marstrand, Sweden
1873 Newbiggin by the Sea, England - Sondervig, Denmark

   Capt. J. Gallilee

1873 Porthcurno, England - Vigo, Spain
1873 Italy - Sicily
1874 Cannitello, Italy - Ganzirri, Sicily
1874 Alexandria, Egypt - Sitia, Crete
1874 Sitia, Crete - Zante - Otranto, Italy


1873 Carcavelos, Portugal – Madeira

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Last revised: 26 May, 2015

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