The Long, Black Cable
Now it lies cold and dormant on the deep floor of the wide Atlantic.
If you stood here on November 16, 1879. you would have joined the thousands who cheered as the steamer CS Faraday delivered from France the last thread of a 3,000-mile transatlantic telegraph cable. It was one of the first cables to connect the United States with Europe. America could now communicate with Europe in minutes not weeks.
The small French Cable Hut in front of you housed the end of the transatlantic cable. Built in 1893 the hut was restored and moved back from the receding cliff in 2004. Remnants of the cable are displayed at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham, Massachusetts.
For 24 years this and other cables brought messages and daily news to cities across America. Then, in 1903, six miles north of here Guglielmo Marconi ushered in a new age of communication by sending the first transatlantic wireless message. Cable technology remains in use today for some forms of communication.
Location. 41° 51.582′ N, 69° 57.155′ W. Marker is in Orleans, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker is at the intersection
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pushed Back by the Sea (a few steps from this marker); The Nauset Lights (within shouting distance of this marker); Three Sisters Lit the Way (approx. ¼ mile away); Workboat of the Marshes (approx. 1.9 miles away); Kettles (approx. 1.9 miles away); Eastham Windmill (approx. 2.3 miles away); First Encounter Monument (approx. 3.7 miles away); First Encounter Plaque (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orleans.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 390 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 17, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. 3, 4. submitted on February 18, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.