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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 Edouard Jeramec / Pierre Picard
by Bill Glover


Built in 1913 by Forges et Chantiers de Grayville.

Length 289.2 ft.  Breadth 41.1 ft.  Depth 23.7 ft.  Gross tonnage 2,316.

Built for La Compagnie Française des Câbles Télégraphiques to carry out cable repairs in the North Atlantic and strengthened for navigation in ice. Johnson and Phillips supplied the cable machinery, which consisted of a double combined paying out-picking up machine with a lifting capacity of 25 tons at 1 knot or 10 tons at 2½ knots. Each machine was capable of being used singly, having its own steam engine. Paying out astern was by a single paying out machine mounted on the port side aft. Sold in 1929 to All America Cables, name unchanged. Used to maintain the New York - Colon cables.

Sold to the French PTT in 1946 and renamed Pierre Picard. The vessel then resumed the task of maintaining French Atlantic cables. Refitted and converted to oil in 1948 and then undertook the repair of the Brest - Cape Cod cable. Sunk in Brest Harbour on 19 December 1952.

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Last revised: 12 March, 2013

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