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.
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Object Name
cable sample
Sample of cable sample
Other Terms
Cable; Cables and Wires; Lighting Devices; Lighting Devices; Submarine
Date made
overall: 18 in x 1/2 in; x 45.72 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
catalog number
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Credit Line
from George C. Maynard
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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