Machine Used to Strand Transatlantic Cable, 1860-1865

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Machine Used to Strand Transatlantic Cable, 1860-1865

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Artifact

Cable strander

Date Made

1860-1865

Summary

Laying telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean in the 1860s was a huge undertaking. This massive cable stranding machine was used in Greenwich, England to wind together the different elements of the cable: iron for strength, copper for conductivity, gutta-percha rubber for insulation, and tarred hemp for durability. Following several failed attempts, the heavy, flexible cable was laid successfully by the SS Great Eastern in 1866.

Object ID

31.442.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Anaconda Wire & Cable Co.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

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Machine Used to Strand Transatlantic Cable, 1860-1865

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