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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 Leon Thevenin
by Bill Glover


Built in 1983 by Societe Nouvelle des Ateliers et Chantiers du Havre

Length 107 m  Breadth 17.8 m  Draught 6.24 m  Gross tonnage 3200  Displacement 6820 tonnes.

CS Leon Thevenin and CS Vercors

Based at Brest on Atlantic maintenance duties. Helped recover wreckage including the cockpit voice recorder of the AIR INDIA Boeing 747 crash in 1985.

Fitted with two main cable tanks with a capacity of 1070 cubic meters of cable, two 3 meter diameter bow sheaves and a stern chute. Cable machinery consists of two cable drums 3.4 m in diameter, two forward linear cable engines and one aft linear cable engine.


1991 UK - France 4
1999 SEA ME WE 3

Copyright © 2007 FTL Design

Last revised: 11 May, 2007

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