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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 The Cable
by Bill Glover


Built in 1924 by Alexander Stephens & Company, Glasgow

Length 238.2 ft Breadth 35.3 ft Depth 22.1 ft Gross tonnage 1534

Built for the Eastern Extension, Australasian and China Telegraph Company and based in the Far East. Fitted with three cable tanks, two forward and one aft. No 1, 18 ft 6 ins dia by 10 ft 6 ins deep; No 2, 26 ft dia by 10ft 6 ins deep, with a portable inner tank of 15 ft 8 ins dia; No 3, 26 ft by 5 ft with a portable inner of 15 ft 8 ins dia. Cable machinery was supplied by Telcon including triple bow sheaves. No machinery was fitted for paying out astern. Transferred to Imperial & International Communications in 1929 and then transferred to Cable & Wireless Ltd in 1934. Sank after hitting an uncharted rock off Cape St James, Saigon in September 1935.

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Last revised: 23 September, 2011

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