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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 Transmitter
by Bill Glover


Built in 1914 by Golle Shiobuilding and Repairing Company

Length 208.4 ft Breadth 30.1 ft Depth 16.6 ft Gross tonnage 901

Built for the Eastern Telegraph Company for use around the African Continent. A single paying out-picking up machine with two drums 5 ft 8 ins in diameter and a single engine was mounted on the well deck. The drums could run free on their shafts and so paying out and picking up could be carried out at the same time if required. The maximum picking up load was 15 tons at 1 knot and also 6 tons at 3 knots. Fitted with three cable tanks and two bow sheaves.

Transferred to Imperial and International Communications Ltd in 1929 and sold in 1932 to the French PTT and renamed Arago. Used to maintain the West African cables belonging to La Compagnie des Câbles Sud-Américans. In 1944-5 used to carry out repairs to Mediterranean cables. Sold in 1946 to Marine Nationale and use for clearance work in Toulon harbour. Sold for scrap in 1950.


1914 Carried out three repairs to the Porthcurno - Vigo cable on her way to West Africa
Assisting CS Colonia
1914 Freetown, Sierra Leone - Accra, Gold Coast

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Last revised: 23 September, 2011

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