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


Anglo American Polka

By Grizelda M O'Sullivan
Dedicated by permission to
J. Graves Esq Superintendant
Anglo-American Cable Office Valencia

Image courtesy of Valentia Heritage Centre

Atlantic Cable Polka

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To Miss Cornelie E. Schroeder
Composed by Louis Selle.
Published by Oliver Ditson & Co, 277 Washington S

Image courtesy of Bill Holly

Atlantic Telegraph
Cable Schottische

Composed by Frank Myrtle

Atlantic Telegraph
March And Quick Step

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Atlantic Telegraph Polka

Written by A. Talexy and published in Boston, Massachusetts, 1858. The
illustrations show USS Niagara (left) and HMS Agamemnon, a map of the cable route, a depiction of the cable, and scenes of the U.S. Capitol Building and Windsor Castle.

The Atlantic Telegraph Schottisch

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Written by Henry Kleber, published 1857, New York, New York, Firth, Pond & Co.

Ocean Cable Gallop

Composed by J.T. Wamelink

The Ocean Cable Polka

Composed by Franz Kielblock.
Boston: Oliver Ditson & Co., 277 Washington St., n.d..
J.H. Bufford's Lith.

Image ourtesy of the Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet MusicThe Sheridan Libraries, The Johns Hopkins University

The Ocean Telegraph March

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Written by Francis Henry Brown, 1818-1891, published 1858, New York, New York, Wm. A. Pond.

The Song of the Ocean Telegraph

To Be Sung By Everyone
Written by Gervase Wheeler. Adapted to a Popular Air and Arranged by Wm. Dressler
Wm. Dressler Publication: New York: Wm. Dressler, 933 Broadway, 1858.

Festival Song
At the Celebration of the Laying of the
Atlantic Telegraph

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Grand Anthem
Commemorative of the

Successful Laying of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable

By William Winter, Esq.

Air: Hail Columbia

Grand with feeling, sweet and strong,
Swell to-night the choral song!
For the noble work is done;
And the precious prize is won;
And the raptured nations stand
Face to -face and hand in hand.
        Honor to the brave and true!
        Skill to plan and will to do;
        Strength that nerves, through doubt and pain,
        Saxon heart and Saxon brain!
For the rainbow arch sublime,
Rises o'er the sea of Time;
And the starry lights presage
Triumphs of the golden age.

O'er the centuries left behind
Glorious is the march of mind;
And to-night our prayers arise
For its grandest enterprise:
While Thought's winged couriers sweep
Through the oozy dungeons deep!
        Honor those who sowed the seed -
        Noble thought and noble deed!
        But, for every blessing given,
For the rainbow arch sublime,
Rises o'er the sea of Time;
And the starry lights presage
Triumphs of the golden age.

Some of the information on this page is from the Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music, part of Special Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library of The Johns Hopkins University.
The Anglo American Polka image is reproduced courtesy of the Valentia Heritage Centre.

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