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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 Retriever (1)
by Bill Glover


Built in 1878 by Cunliffe and Dunlop, Port Glasgow

Length 180.00 ft.  Breadth 30.3 ft.  Depth 15.1 ft.  Gross tonnage 775

Built for the West Coast of America Telegraph Company and based at Callao, Lima. A flush-decked ship with the cable machinery mounted on the upper deck. Triple bow sheaves were fitted, as were two cable tanks, each 26 ft., dia by 7 ft.

In cable service until 1909 when sold to A. Milne & Co., who renamed her Clova. Sold again in 1923 and renamed Maranon by her new owners. Wrecked in 1936.


1881 Tehuantepec, Mexico - La Libertad, El Salvador - San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua - Puntarenas, Costa Rica - Balboa, Panama - Buenaventura, Colombia - Santa Elena, Ecuador - Payta, Peru - Chorillos, Peru

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