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

X216, X140, X147, Plymouth Trader
by Bill Glover


(Only X216 illustrated)

Four vessels built originally as landing craft for the ill fated Gallipoli Campaign in WW1. They were shipped out in sections and assembled on site.

For harbour defence work during WW2,  they were fitted with twin 3 ft dia by 8 ins wide bow sheaves and a self contained petrol driven winch.
Cableships Index Page

Last revised: 17 February, 2012

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