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The Trans-Atlantic Telegraph Cable – The Birth of Global Communications


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Nigel tells how the engineers & businessmen delivered this pioneering achievement. This telegraph cable then led to a revolution that delivered the world's first global network by 1902 & now transports over 95% of all Internet & telephone traffic

Date and Time

17 March 2015 - 18:30-20:30


Birkenhead, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Merseyside and West Cheshire local network.

About this event

In the mid-1800's the Lancashire Cotton industry dominated the world market for finished cotton goods pieces.  However, since cotton was not grown in the UK it had to be imported which generated significant trade across the Atlantic.  This and other industries therefore drove a business case for improved global communications and from that a desire to link the telegraph networks of the UK and USA with a copper cable under the Atlantic.  Nothing on this scale had been attempted before and so this lecture tells the heroic story of the engineers and businessmen who battled numerous setbacks to deliver this pioneering achievement. The lecture goes on to show how the trans-Atlantic telegraph cable then spawned a revolution that delivered the world's first global network that had encircled the planet by 1902 and which now in the 21st century has evolved to transport over 95% of all of our Internet and global telephone traffic.  

Additional information

Contact Brian clark, tel: 01704 227650
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Ample free parking
Refreshments from 6pm
Visitors welcome
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Registration information

Prior registration is requested but not mandatory

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