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

CS Caroline
by Bill Glover


Built in 1853 by John Scott Russell and Co., London.

Length 153.8 ft.  Breadth 28.2 ft.  Depth 15.1 ft.  Gross tonnage 526.

Purchased by W.T. Henley’s Telegraph Works Co. in 1865 and fitted out for cable work. Used as a support ship on the 1865 and 1866 Atlantic cable expeditions. Chartered  to the West India and Panama Telegraph Co. in 1879. Sold for commercial trading in 1881 and in 1893 was lost as the result of a collision.


Capt. J. Fisk:
1865 Valentia, Ireland - Heart's Content, Newfoundland
1866 Valentia, Ireland - Heart's Content, Newfoundland
1865 Stralsund - Arkona - Trelleborg - Rugen
1868 Grisslehamn, Sweden - Nystad, Russia
1869 Moen, Denmark - Libau, Russia
1870 Lands End - Scilly Isles
1870 Jersey - Guernsey - Alderney

Orkney - Shetland

1875 Whitehaven - Ramsey, IOM


Frequently chartered by the GPO for cable repair duties.

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Last revised: 3 July, 2015

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