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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 Patrick Stewart (2)
by Bill Glover


Built in 1924 by William Simons Ltd., Renfrew

Length 248.0 ft  Breadth 37.5 ft  Depth 13.25 ft  Gross tonnage 1572

Built for the Indo-European Telegraph Department to replace the first ship of that name, built in 1879. Arrived at Karachi in August 1925. Fitted with three cable tanks and two bow sheaves. Clarke, Chapman and Company supplied the cable machinery which consisted of two independent machines one mounted on the port side and one on the starboard side. Each was provided with a 5ft. 6in. diameter drum with its own steam engine. For heavy lifting both engines could be coupled to one machine.

The ship also had accommodation for seven first class and six second class passengers. When the Eastern Telegraph Company took over the ship she was unregistered and out of class. The ETC retained her for two years and then sold her to the Indian Navy who converted the ship into a survey vessel and renamed her Investigator, remaining in service until 1951.

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Last revised: 26 February, 2022

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