COMMUNICATIONS: Voices Under the Sea

At 9 o'clock one morning last week the bulb-nosed shape of Her Majesty's Telegraph Ship Monarch, world's largest cable-laying vessel, rode slowly into Random Sound off Clarenville on the east coast of Newfoundland and began a new era in communications. After 30 years of planning, seven months of steaming, Monarch had paid out of her massive hold 4,900 miles of copper-cored, steel-armored, polyethylene-insulated 1¾-in. cable, and with the splice at Clarenville, completed the first underwater telephone cable linking America and Europe. Now, for the first time in history, voices could travel long...

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