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

CS Belgian
by Bill Glover


Length 298 ft.  Breadth 38.6 ft.  Depth 25.5 ft.  Gross tonnage 2116

Chartered by the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Co., from E. Bates & Co., Ltd., for two years and used to lay the following cables. Fitted with three cable tanks, two forward, 1 aft, with the following dimensions. No. 1, 30 ft. 6 ins dia by 18 ft. 6 ins deep, No. 2, 32 ft dia by 19 ft. deep, No. 3, 26 ft. 6 ins dia by 12 ft. 6 ins deep, giving a total coiling capacity of 31,242 cubic feet. Also fitted with the normal paying out-picking up cable machinery.


Capt. E. Leighton:
1870 Malta - Alexandria, Egypt
1871 Singapore - Saigon - Hong Kong


Capt. W. Bainbridge:
1870 Carried coals to Malta and Alexandria. Left UK 11 January and 16 April

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