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

CS Northern
by Bill Glover


Built in 1962 by Bijkers' Aannemingsbedrijf, Gorinchen

Length 268 ft. 6 in. Breadth 40 ft. 4 in. Draught 18 ft.0 in. Gross tonnage 1,769.

Built as the freighter Sirpa Dan. Bought by the Great Northern Telegraph Company and converted for cable work, being brought into service in July 1968. The cable machinery from the Edouard Suenson was used during the conversion with steam power being replaced by hydraulics. Three cable tanks and three bow sheaves were fitted the latter consisting of one 'V' sheave and two flat all being 6 ft. 6 in. in diameter.

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