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

CS Bahiana
by Bill Glover


Like Imperador and Imperatriz, which were used for the Red Sea Cable Expedition, Bahiana, of 1530 tons, was built by John Laird of Birkenhead for the South American and General Steam Navigation Company. Launched in 1854, the vessel was immediately taken over by the British Government for use as a troopship for the Crimean War and returned to the company in 1855.

Chartered in 1859 by R. S. Newall & Co., for the Singapore - Batavia cable expedition. Sold to Messageries Imperiales in 1862 and renamed Simois. Scrapped in 1875 at La Ciotat.


1859 Batavia - Singapore

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