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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 Mernoo
by Bill Glover


Built in 1926 by Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson

Length 285.3 ft  Breadth 42.7 ft  Depth 20.4 ft  Gross tonnage 2417

Chartered by the Australian GPO and fitted out with a portable combined paying out-picking up machine and bow sheaves to carry out repairs on the Bass Strait cable in 1937. Used to lay harbour defence cables during WWII as well as carrying out cable repairs.

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Last revised: 8 February, 2012

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