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

CS Orizaba
by Bill Glover


Built in 1883 by Harlan and Hillingsworth, Wilmington

Length 205 ft.  Breadth 34 ft.  Depth 16.1 ft.  Gross tonnage 967

Named Willamette Valley on launch, renamed Kate Caroll and finally Orizaba. Chartered from the Pacific Coast Steamship Company by the US Army to lay the following cables. Equipped with a paying out machine sited on the forward well deck, two cable tanks, one forward 24 ft. dia by 8 ft. deep which held the St. Michael - Cape Nome cable and one aft 20 ft. dia by 6 ft. deep in which the Unalakik - St. Michael cable was coiled.


1900 Unalakik - St Michael - Safety Island, Cape Nome, Alaska

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Last revised: 5 October, 2015

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