Sample of submarine telegraph cable, Nantucket, 1856

Description (Brief):

Submarine Telegraph Cable. Laid in 1856. Solid iron conductor, No. 7 B.&S. gauge, covered with gutta-percha, without armor, brittle and badly cracked. To the cable is fastened one leaden weight, 2 1/2 inches long, 1 1/2 inches in diam. in the center tapering to the ends, with longitudinal slot in which the cable is placed and the lead hammer to tighten it on the cable. Laid between Nantucket Island and the Massachusetts mainland.

Date Made: 1856

Location: Currently not on view

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: from George C. Maynard

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: EM.209329Catalog Number: 209329Accession Number: 37531

Object Name: Cablecable sampleSample of cable sampleOther Terms: Cable; Cables and Wires; Lighting Devices; Lighting Devices; Submarine

Measurements: overall: 18 in x 1/2 in; x 45.72 cm x 1.27 cm


Record Id: nmah_705543

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