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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 Directeur-General Bast
by Bill Glover


Built in 1969 by E.J. Smit, Westerbroek

Length 180.1 ft  Breadth 30.9 ft.  Depth 10.6 ft.  Gross tonnage 500

Built for the Netherlands Staatsbad der Post Telegraphique Telephonie (PTT), for the repair of coastal and river cables. Sold in 1989 and renamed VSO Surveyor I. Sold again in 1991 to Seateam Subsea Support B.V., Den Helder and renamed STM Vega.

Copyright © 2007 FTL Design

Last revised: 2 October, 2007

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