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Submarine telegraph cable specimen

Date made: 1929

Description: Short length of metal submarine cable.

Donated by the Post Office Engineering Department, this is a specimen of the submarine cable laid in June 1929 between Port Grenaugh and Norbreck on the Lancashire Coast.

The first off-island telephone link was established in 1929, with the laying of a cable by the CS Faraday between Port Erin and Ballyhornan in Northern Ireland, a distance of 57 km, and then between Port Grenaugh and Lancashire, primarily to provide a link to Northern Ireland. The cable was completed on 6 June 1929 and the first call between the Isle of Man and the outside world was made on 28 June 1929 by Lieutenant Governor Sir Claude Hill in Douglas to the Postmaster General in Liverpool. The cable initially carried only two trunk circuits.

Measurements: overall: 4.5 x 10 cm

Materials: metal

Object name: telegraph cable

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: 1954-2798


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