5 August 1858: the first transatlantic telegraph cable is completed

On this day in 1858, HMS Agamemnon and the USS Niagara completed the mammoth task of laying the first transatlantic telegraph cable.

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In the summer of 1858, HMS Agamemnon and the USS Niagara met in the middle of the Atlantic.

They joined two ends of telegraph cable together, and then sailed away in opposite directions. In their wake, they each paid out hundreds of miles of cable.

Not that a telegraph cable linking Europe to North America was exactly a new idea. Samuel Morse, of Morse code fame, had proposed the idea 18 years earlier. And...
source: Money Week

2020-08-05 10:47
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