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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 Ellery W. Niles
by Bill Glover


Built in 1937 by Pusey and Jones, Wilmington, Delaware

Length 184.5 ft Breadth 35 ft Depth 12.5 ft Gross tonnage 840

Built as a minelayer for the Army Transportation Corps and transferred in 1945 to the Army Signals Corps and converted for cable work. Cable was stored on a drum mounted near the bows, the hold providing additional cable storage space.

Sold to Marine Acoustical Services, Miami in January 1965, who fitted two cable tanks and new cable machinery and renamed the ship F.V. Hunt. Converted into a salvage ship in 1978 and renamed Cayman Salvage Master.

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Last revised: 11 September, 2011

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