Sample of submarine telegraph cable, Nantucket, 1856

Sample of submarine telegraph cable, Nantucket, 1856

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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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Cable
cable sample
Sample of cable sample
Other Terms
Cable; Cables and Wires; Lighting Devices; Lighting Devices; Submarine
Date made
1856
Measurements
overall: 18 in x 1/2 in; x 45.72 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
EM.209329
catalog number
209329
accession number
37531
Credit Line
from George C. Maynard
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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