Transatlantic Cable Strander in Henry Ford Museum during Building Construction, July 1932

Summary

This cable machine helped to "wire the world." It was used in Greenwich, England in 1865 to prepare the second transatlantic cable. A core of iron and copper was protected from abrasion on the ocean floor with layers of steel, gutta-percha, and jute. These submarine cables--like modern-day fiber-optic cables that carry the signals of Internet traffic--connected cultures and communities.

This cable machine helped to "wire the world." It was used in Greenwich, England in 1865 to prepare the second transatlantic cable. A core of iron and copper was protected from abrasion on the ocean floor with layers of steel, gutta-percha, and jute. These submarine cables--like modern-day fiber-optic cables that carry the signals of Internet traffic--connected cultures and communities.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

22 July 1932

Subject Date

22 July 1932

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.188.7273

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7.375 in

Width: 10.875 in

Machine Used to Strand Transatlantic Cable, 1860-1...

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