The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 7, 1956 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, February 7, 1956
Page 9
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- TUESDAY; FEBRUARY 7, 1996 PAGENW1 BLYTintYlLLl (ARK.) COOTIER LAYING THE FIRST PHONE CABLE c'able will be laid along route emending more than 2 000 miles horn Newfoundland to Scotland S omewhere in the rolling North Atlantic a squat grey-hulled ship flying the Stars and Stripes and the Union Jack is on an historic miS She"s the HMST Monarch, engaged in placing the world's first transoceanic telephone cable. The vessel began operations at Clarenville Newfoundland, several months ago. Her ultimate destination will be Oban, Scotland, and she's due to arrive there in early October. This year, the Monarch is laying one of two cabjes that are to form part of a telephone system that will provide the first physical voice link between the North American continent and the British Isles. Next yeai, the Monarch will lay the second cable The system-with a_36 channel capadty-will carry direct circuits from New York to London and link the telephone networks of Great Britain, the United States and tacn of the twin transatlantic cables will be laid in three segments. The first reached the edge of the Continental Shelf, some 200 miles off Newfoundland. The second will extend the cable to a point some 500 miles off Scotland, and the third will- miles Oil SCJOUHI1U, aim LUC umu wm-*"rr~ c. i"~V"i j r operation is to be reversed. Service over the system is scheduled for The project will cost 40 million dollars and represents the joint undeitaking of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, Canadian CKeiseas Telecommunication Corporation and the British Post Office. Here are pictures of the big job. Cable tank on the Monarch is 26 feet deep, 41 feet in diameter and can carry 440 ; miles of cable First segment of cable goes over bow sheave at Clarenvjlle, Nfld. Steel drum, attached, is used to float cable ashore. ^ Crew Dlaces cable in trench between Clarenvillefmd Terrenceville, Nfld. At Ter- ppnopvllle cible eoes underwater for 300 miles across Cabot Strait to Sydney Mines. N S From 'there phone circuits will be carried to U.S. over radio nelay rout*. Dcek of Monarch Is maze of steel drums and winches as cable k piiU««i from hold and fed over bow into ocean depths. Buoy marks spot where Monarch finished laying initial 200-mile segment of transatlantic cable, be* tween Claronville and edge of Continental Shell. TWl W«»V'i PICTURE WOW-M" N«wif«ol»!«i,

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