*RESERVED* A Rare Section Of The First Transatlantic Cable, A Technological Wonder Of The Nineteenth Century
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A Rare Section Of The First Transatlantic Cable, one of the technological wonders of the Nineteenth Century.
On 16 August 1858, Queen Victoria and U.S. president James Buchanan exchanged telegraphic pleasantries, inaugurating the first transatlantic cable connecting Ireland to North America. The queen’s 98-word greeting of goodwill took almost 16 hours to send through the 3,200-kilometer cable.
This Cable Was a Bold, Short-Lived Success. It was An engineering master piece and was one of the technological wonders of the Nineteenth Century. It transformed communications in a profound way and helped to give the British Army a technological superiority over most of its competitors. Its invention was a product of the enthusiasm and skill of industrial revolutionary Britain and enabled a total of 732 messages to be sent, before it failed 3 weeks later.
A second cable was laid in 1865 with much improved material. However, more than halfway across, the cable broke, and after many rescue attempts, it was abandoned.
In 1866 a third cable was laid and the successful connection was put into service. Before the first transatlantic cable, communications between Europe and the Americas took place only by ship. By contrast, the transatlantic cable allowed a message and a response in the same day.