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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 Buccaneer
by Bill Glover


Built in 1885 by Wigham Richardson & Company, Newcastle upon Tyne

Length 190.0 ft  Breadth 28.2 ft  Depth 12.8 ft  Gross tonnage 823

Built for the India Rubber Gutta Percha and Telegraph Works Company as a tender to CS Silvertown and so was not fitted with cable machinery, there were two cable tanks each 22 ft dia by 10 ft deep. Later a paying out-picking up machine was fitted on the forward weather deck, twin bow sheaves were also installed.

During the 1885 cable laying expedition, Buccaneer, under Captain A.S. Thomson, carried out extensive soundings and during this exercise discovered an easterly flowing current under the westerly flowing surface current.

In service until 1914 when wrecked.


1885 Assisting Dacia:
  Bathurst, Gambia - St Jago, Cameroons - St Vincent, Cape Verde Islands
1885 Assisting Dacia and Silvertown:

St Louis - Dakar, Senegal - Bathurst, Gambia - Boloma, Portuguese Guinea -
Bissau - Konakry, French Guinea - Freetown, Sierra Leone.


Bassam, Ivory Coast - Accra, Gold Coast - Cotonou, Dahomey - St Thomas -
Luanda, Angola.


St Thomas - Principe (Island) - Libreville, Gabon

1895 Assisting Dacia and Silvertown

Tunas - Casilda, Cuba

  Tunas - Jucaro - Cape Cruz - Manzanillo, Cuba
1896-1906 Cable work in the North Atlantic

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Last revised: 7 October, 2011

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