Samples of Persian Gulf cable plus engraved label, 1863

Made:
1863 in Woolwich

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Telescoped sample of twin-core shore end used at Bushire in the laying of the Persian Gulf Cable, made by W T Henley's
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Five samples of Persian Gulf telegraph cable plus engraved label, made by W T Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited, North Woolwich, London, England, 1863. Samples are telescoped twin core shore end cable, short twin core shore end cable, telescoped Bushire shore end cable, short Bushire shore end cable, and short main cable. Engraved plate reads 'GOVERNMENT TELEGRAPH TO INDIA. SPECIMENS OF THE PERSIAN GULF TELEGRAPH CABLE, MANUFACTURED BY W. T. HENLEY, NORTH WOOLWICH, UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF LIEUT COL P. STEWART. R. E. SIR CHAS BRIGHT AND MR LATIMER CLARK. LENGTH OF CABLE 1420 MILES, WEIGHT 5100 TONS. NO 1 MAIN CABLE, NO 2 SHORE END, NO 3 BUSHIRE SHORE END'.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1986-740
Materials:
copper (alloy), gutta-percha, metal (unknown)
Measurements:
engraved plate: 35 mm x 143 mm x 2 mm,
short main cable: 15 mm x 31 mm diameter
short shore cable: 15 mm x 46 mm diameter
telescoped shore cable: 259 mm x 46 mm diameter
short twin core cable: 15 mm x 59 mm diameter
telescoped twin core cable: 266 mm x 59 mm diameter
type:
cable
taxonomy:
credit:
Donated by W.T. Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited
status:
Permanent collection

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