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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 Salernum/Charles L Brown
by Bill Glover


CS Salernum pin or tie-tack, 1" wide

Built 1954, Navameccania Castellammare de Stabia, Naples

Length 339.6 ft Breadth 41.0 ft Depth 18.5 ft Gross tonnage 2789

As CS Salernum, fitted out for oceanographic and hydrographic work as well as cable laying.

CS Charles L Brown at Honolulu, January 1992
Photograph courtesy of David Watson

Sold in 1984 to Transoceanic Cableship Co., a subsidiary of AT&T, and renamed Charles L Brown. Used for cable repair until 2003, when she was scuttled to form an artificial reef off the island of St. Eustatius in the Caribbean.

CABLE WORK (as CS Salernum)

1957 Italy - Sardinia
1962 Sicily - Sardinia
1975 Germany - Sweden

The vessel in the background of this 1976 Maldives
stamp is CS Salernum, later CS Charles L Brown.
The vessel in the foreground is CS Mercury.

Last revised: 24 December, 2009

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