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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 Matai
by Bill Glover


Built in 1930 by Hawthorn, Leslie and Company Ltd., Newcastle upon Tyne

Length 219.0 ft  Breadth 30.1 ft  Depth 14.8 ft  Gross tonnage 1050

Used in various roles by the New Zealand Government including cable repairs. Used by the Royal New Zealand Navy for harbour defence work during WWII. Cable machinery was the same as that fitted in CS Tutanekai.

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Last revised: 8 February, 2012

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