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

CCGS Newfield
by Bill Glover


Built in 1871 by R. Thompson Ltd., Sunderland

Length 206.4 ft.  Breadth 29.1 ft.  Depth 16.8 ft.  Gross tonnage 785

Purchased by the Canadian Government in 1880 and fitted out for cable repair duties. Ran aground near Digby, Nova Scotia 22 September 1900


1888 Halifax - Rye Beach cable. Deviation of shore end at Halifax

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Last revised: 5 October, 2015

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