Engraving of a telegraph cable being laid

Engraving of a telegraph cable being laid

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Caption: Telegraph cable. Engraving of an underwater tele- graph cable snapping as it is laid. This incident occurred during an attempt to lay the first trans- Atlantic cable from Europe to America in 1865. The cable was laid from the British ship, the Great Eastern. At one point, the ship was stopped in mid-ocean to allow a repair to be made to the cable. The ship's engines then failed and the Great Eastern began to drift. The strain imposed on the wire caused it to snap. The Great Eastern successfully laid another cable in 1866. It then returned to the site where the cable of 1865 had snapped, repaired it and extended it to create a second trans-Atlantic telegraph link.

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Keywords: 19th cent, atlantic, cable, communication, communications, historical, history of science, snapping, technology, telegraph, telegraph cable, transatlantic telegraph cable, underwater

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