The telegraph cable that connected the Old and New world was installed in 1866


In 1866 the Old and New World were connected via an undersea cable that span from London to New York. This way the news would travel via the telegraph in an instant. Otherwise it would take 3 weeks by ship.

The Science Museum, the ones who created this awesome video, explain a ton of things in their Information Age series and among them is the story of this 2300 miles long cable. At first the British tried to get that cable across and it snapped close to US borders. That was in 1865.

In 1866 aboard the ship called the Great Eastern they managed to get the cable across the Atlantic. Daniel Gooch was the one that made this happen.

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