History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
from the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network

CS Medway
by Bill Glover


Built in 1865 by Oswald and Company Ltd., Sunderland

Length 295.0 ft.  Breadth 35.3 ft.  Depth 21.5 ft.  Gross tonnage 1823

Built for trading in the Mediterranean but was chartered by the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Co., to assist CS Great Eastern with the 1866 Atlantic cable laying.


Captain Harris:
1865 Valentia, Ireland - Heart's Content, Newfoundland
1866 Valentia, Ireland - Heart's Content, Newfoundland
1866 Carleton Head, Prince Edward Island - Cape Tormantine,  New Brunswick
1866 Cape Ray, Newfoundland - Cape North, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

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Last revised: 20 February, 2016

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