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 lasted for about a month before it failed. 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 the 27th July. The first message across the Atlantic was delivered the next day.
Photographer: Robert Charles Dudley
Location taken: Heart's Content, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Source: Library and Archives Canada
- 1866-07-27 Atlantic telegraph cable successfully laid (1,686 miles long)