Photo #: NH 65487
"Atlantic Cable Half a Century Old"
Pen & ink drawing by Samuel Wart Stanton, circa 1908, prepared in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1858 laying of the first successful trans-Atlantic telegraph cable.
The artwork features a depiction of USS Niagara (right) and HMS Agamemnon beginning to lay the cable in late July 1858. Its first message, from Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan, was sent on 16 August, but the cable operated for only three weeks before it failed.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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3 February 2003