Telegraph cable laying. Historical artwork of men in boats and a ship retrieving lost telegraph cable during a trans-Atlantic crossing. The first attempt to connect North America with Europe was made in 1857, but the cable snapped and was lost. During the second attempt, the cable repeatedly snapped and was retrieved until the end of the cable was eventually brought to shore on 5 August 1858. The cable consisted of a core of copper wires, surrounded by gutta-percha (latex), tarred hemp and an outer sheath of iron wires. Published in La Telegraphie Historique (History of Telegraphy) by Alexis Belloc in 1888.
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