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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 Cyrus Field
by Bill Glover


CS Cyrus Field

Built 1924 by Chantiers et Ateliers de St Nazaire.

Length 223.6 ft.  Breadth 34.2 ft.  Depth 16.6 ft.  Gross tonnage 1288

Designed by J.W. Millard and Brother, naval architects based in New York. Fitted with three cable tanks. No 1; 19 ft by 6 ft 6 in; No 2; 27 ft by 5 ft 6 in; No 3; 23 ft by 7 ft. Nos. 1 and 2 were placed forward under the lower deck. No 3 was sited aft on top of the shaft tunnel, the hatch opening onto the upper deck.

Duplex paying out-picking up gear was installed, having been originally fitted in the Minia. The Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company supplied the machinery. Three 3 ft bow sheaves were fitted, but stern laying machinery was not installed.

Based at Halifax, Nova Scotia throughout her working life. Sold for scrap in July 1966, arriving at La Spezia in December 1966 for breaking up.

CS Cyrus Field and ship's cutter dismantling a Western Union buoy.
Artist unknown, from a postcard courtesy of Ken Smith

Last revised: 30 January, 2011

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