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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 John Pender (1)
by Bill Glover


Built in 1875 by J. Scott and Company, Inverkeithing

Length 246.3 ft Breadth 29.2 ft Depth 20.4 ft Gross tonnage 1216

On launch the vessel was named Saigon. When the Eastern Telegraph Company purchased it in 1877 the name was changed to John Pender (1). Four cable tanks were fitted with a coiling capacity of 17616 cubic feet. A single paying out-picking up machine was mounted forward and twin bow sheaves and a single stern sheave were also installed.

In 1890 the cable machinery was replaced by a double combined paying out-picking up machine mounted on the forward well deck with the controls on the bridge deck. These machines could be worked in tandem or separately. The maximum working load was 25 tons at 1 knot. The two bow sheaves were replaced by a three sheave system. All cable machinery was supplied and fitted by Johnson and Phillips.

Sold in 1898 to R. Jobson and Co., of West Hartlepool and renamed Clifton. Sold again in 1900 to Cia Anon del Vapores Landa, Bilbao and this time renamed Landa. Sunk after a collision in December 1902.


1878 Tenedos - Syra - Chios - Candia
1878 Antibes - Corsica
Captain Hawkes:
1879 Flodevig, Norway - Hoyer, Germany
1882 Alexandria - Port Said
1889 Kalamaki - Piraeus No 2
1890 Aden - Port Sudan - Suez (assisting CS Scotia)

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Last revised: 23 September, 2011

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