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Electrical Beginnings

Transatlantic cable fragment, ca. 1865

Transatlantic cable fragment, ca. 1865

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Maine Historical Society

The segment of cable is a remnant from early efforts to establish a telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean, a project inspired in part by Alden and Eddy.

The effort began in 1858 and a working system took eight years to complete due to broken cables and the need to improve signal voltages over long distances.


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