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

CS Edinburgh
by Bill Glover


Built in 1855 by Tod and Company, Glasgow

Length 300.5 ft  Breadth 39.8 ft  Depth 25.8 ft  Gross tonnage 2315

Built for the Glasgow and New York Steamship Company. Sold to the Inman Line in 1859 along with her sister ship Glasgow. Chartered to E. Bates and Company in 1870 and then chartered by Telcon from E. Bates & Co. in 1870 and used for cable laying for two years before being purchased outright.

Fitted with one forward paying out-picking up machine which was mounted on the port side as was the aft paying out machine. Four cable tanks were fitted, No 1, 26 ft dia by 7 ft 8 ins deep; No 2, 32 ft dia by 22 ft deep; No 3, 32 ft dia by 22 ft 6 ins deep; No 4, 24 ft dia by 12 ft 6ins deep; giving a total capacity of 40200 cubic feet.

Sold in 1875 to the Eastern Extension, Australasia and China Telegraph Company, bought back by Telcon in 1879 and then sold out of the cable world in 1880 to Stoomvaart Maats, Insulinde, Amsterdam and renamed Amsterdam. Sold again in 1880 to Adamason & Ronaldson returning to her original name of Edinburgh. 1882, sold to James Adamson of London. 1885, sold to the Italian Government and taken to Venice for a refit and new name Eridano. Used as a troopship during the Abyssinian Campaign of 1886 and later as a hydrographic survey vessel.

In 1905 became a stores ship for the Italian Naval Torpedo School, by 1907 reduced to a hulk, finally being scrapped in 1917.


Capt. W.R. Cato :


Malta - Gibraltar


Madras - Penang


Banjoewangie, Java - Port Darwin, Australia


Capt. H. Manning:


Valentia, Ireland - Hearts Content, Newfoundland


Placentia, Newfoundland - Sydney, Cape Breton Island


Sydney, Cape Breton Island - Placentia, Newfoundland


Madeira - St Vincent, Cape Verde Islands


St Vincent, Cape Verde Islands - Pernambuco (Recife), Brazil


La Perouse, Botany Bay, Sydney, Australia - Wakapauka, Nelson, New Zealand


Yankalilla, Kangaroo Island - Kingscote, Adelaide, Australia


Capt. L. Bowen:


Penang - Malacca, Malaya


Malacca, Malaya - Singapore


Singapore - Banjoewangie, Java, DEI


Banjoewangie, Java - Darwin, Australia


Capt. J. Seymour:


Newbiggin by the Sea, England - Arendal, Norway - Marstrand, Sweden

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Last revised: 14 July, 2015

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