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

Memorabilia & Ephemera

1858 Atlantic Cable Scrimshaw

This scrimshaw on a sperm whale tooth shows the 1858 Atlantic cable expedition ships Niagara and Agamemnon.

HMS Agamemnon and USNS Niagara
Laying Atlantic Cable

Detail of the scrimshaw

Images courtesy of and copyright © 2007 Richard Ratcliff

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Last revised: 18 January, 2012

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