Caption: S.S. Great Eastern laying the first trans-Atlantic cable, July 1866
The world’s largest steamship, the Great Eastern, laid the first transatlantic telegraph cable from Valencia, Ireland, arriving at Trinity Bay, Newfoundland in July 1866 as shown in this print. The transatlantic cable had revolutionary effects on British military and diplomatic communications. Messages that once took weeks to travel now took only a few hours.
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