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The Great Eastern, laying the new Atlantic Cable, arrives in Newfoundland and the cable is connected.

Arrival of the "Great Eastern" on Newfoundland coast, with the Atlantic Cable, July 27, 1866, artist's impression, detail.

The Great Eastern, after a journey during which she laid almost 3,700 miles of telegraphic cable, arrived in the late afternoon hours in a foggy Trinity Bay, in Newfoundland.  The cable was quickly landed and connection made. At 8:43 a.m. the next morning, an exchange of messages between Ireland and Canada, at a rate of 7.36 words a minute, proved that the transAtlantic cable was now in operation, and commercial and private use soon commenced. (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), 228-229.