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

HMS Bankville
by Bill Glover


Built in 1904 by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co., Ayr.

Length 150.2 ft  Breadth 24.4 ft  Depth 10.4 ft  Gross tonnage 339

Originally named Susetta and then William Rowland. Owned by John Monk & Co., Liverpool, when requisitioned in 1940. Fitted out the same as the Cecile Mapleson for harbour defence work, with the addition of proper cable tanks, the only conversion so equipped.

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Last revised: 8 February, 2012

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