The Story of the Atlantic Cable

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(4.3 stars; 10 reviews)

The electric telegraph, together with the railway-train and the steamship, constituted the three most conspicuous features of late 19th century civilization. Indeed, it may be truly said that the harnessing electricity to the service of man for human communication has effected a change in political, commercial, and social relations, even more complete than that wrought by steam locomotion. This is the story of how the electric telegraph cable was laid across the floor of the Atlantic from Newfoundland to Ireland. - Summary by modified from the introduction (5 hr 30 min)


Preface and Introductory 19:45 Read by Maria Kasper
Evolution of Atlantic Telegraphy in America and England 26:32 Read by Maria Kasper
The Manufacture of the Line 16:23 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
The First Start 22:13 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Preparations for Another Attempt 12:36 Read by realisticspeakers
The Trial Trip 7:06 Read by realisticspeakers
The Storm 38:13 Read by realisticspeakers
The Renewed Effort 21:02 Read by Wayne Anderson
''Finis Coronat Opus'' 40:42 Read by Maria Kasper
The Celebration 14:15 Read by Maria Kasper
Working the Line 16:26 Read by Maria Kasper
The Inquest 7:26 Read by Kathleen Moore
Other Proposed Routes 11:43 Read by Kathleen Moore
Experience, Investigation, and Progress 8:31 Read by Kathleen Moore
The 1865 Cable and Expedition 15:41 Read by Greg Lewin
Second and Successful Attempt 12:28 Read by Greg Lewin
Recovery and Completion of the 1865 Cable 14:00 Read by Greg Lewin
Jubilations 10:35 Read by BettyB
Subsequent Atlantic Lines 11:08 Read by BettyB
Atlantic Cable Systems of Today 4:13 Read by Availle


(5 stars)

This reading tells the story of the difficult journey towards real time transatlantic communication.

Fascinating, even for a non-technical listener.

(4 stars)