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

HMS Sprayville
by Bill Glover


Built in 1920 by Cochrane & Sons, Selby.

Length 152.0 ft  Breadth 25.2 ft  Depth 10.8 ft  Gross tonnage 466

Named Pickmere when launched and later Sprayville. Owned by John Monks Ltd., when requisitioned in 1940 by the Royal Navy and Admiralty Cable Service. Cable equipment fitted was identical to that installed in HMS Cecile Mapleson.

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Last revised: 19 February, 2012

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