Landing of the Atlantic Cable

Landing of the Atlantic Cable of 1866, Heart's Content, Newfoundland
Landing of the Atlantic Cable of 1866, Heart's Content, Newfoundland

Historical Context

The landing of the Atlantic Cable in 1866 at Hearts' Content, Newfoundland was the third attempt to establish a telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean.

The first attempt, made in 1858 suffered from poor speed with efforts to improve it causing the cable to fail after three weeks.

A second try in 1865 also failed but the third attempt a year later would succeed.

The steamship SS Great Eastern designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel laid the cable and arrived at Heart's Content on July 27. The first message across the Atlantic was delivered the next day.

Photo Info

Photographer: Robert Charles Dudley
Location taken: Heart's Content, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Source: Library and Archives Canada

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  • 1866-07-27 First transatlantic telegraph cable comes ashore at Heart's Content, Newfoundland after being laid out 1,686 miles by Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Great Eastern steamship


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