Section of first Trans-Atlantic telegraph cable

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Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
3/4 x 3 3/4 x 3/4 in.
Manufacturer
Atlantic Telegraph Company
Credit Line
Courtesy of Gordon and Gwen Bell
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Object ID
102630322

This cable, with 7 copper wires covered with natural rubber from trees, was wound with hemp and then wrapped by 18 protective stranded cables. It weighed only 6 ounces per foot but could withstand a pull of several tons.