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Falmouth, Gibraltar and Malta Telegraph Co

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1869 John Pender formed a second telegraph company - the Falmouth, Gibraltar and Malta Telegraph Co.

John Pender intended to land the Indo-European cable at Falmouth, (thus giving the company its name) but the high risk of damage from shipping anchors caused him to change his mind, as the port was so busy, so Porthcurno, in Cornwall, was chosen as the landing place.

Telcon were awarded the contract for manufacture and laying. They sub-contracted much of the cable manufacture to W. T. Henley while carrying out the laying themselves.

1870 Cable laying started at Malta on 14 May - 1150 nautical miles (nm) of cable were laid to Gibraltar; then 366 nm from Gibraltar to Carcavelos, Portugal. The last section, Carcavelos to Porthcurno, Cornwall, 824 nm long, was started on 2 June, arriving at Porthcurno six days later.

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Sources of Information

  • [1] History of the Atlantic Cable and Submarine Telegraphy