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Off Ireland, the Great Eastern begins her cable laying operation towards Canada.

Landing of the eastern end of the new Atlantic Telegraph Cable, Valentia Island, Ireland, July 1866, artist's impression
07/13/1866

In Foilhummerum Bay, the cable ship William Cory had unloaded the eastern end of the new Atlantic Cable for its connection to the station at Valentia, County Kerry in Ireland and it was connected to the cableship Great Eastern six days later.  In a two week operation, the Great Eastern successfully laid almost 3,700 miles of cable reaching to Newfoundland.  On July 27, 1866, confirming messages were exchanged between Ireland and Canada.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

Chester G. Hearn, Circuits in the Sea: The Men, the Ships, and the Atlantic Cable (Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2004), 226-230.

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