FUN WITH MAPS – ISSUE 2022-130 DAILY FEATURE:

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 27, 2022) – In Issue 2022-130 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn a little about the beginnings of “messaging”.

THIRD TIME IS A CHARM

We are talking about the transatlantic cable…

On this day in 1866 the third cable was completely laid between Ireland and Newfoundland.  It worked, unlike the previous two attempts.

The Morse code transmission rate was eight words per minute.  And just one message at a time. 

It is very slow by today’s standards but does beat the nearly two weeks it took a ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean in those days.   For perspective this short post would have taken about 15 minutes to transmit on the cable, so about 1400 times faster than via ship.

Another technology advance eclipsed by future advances.

Here is Bellin’s 1746 map of the middle portion of the Atlantic Ocean, with the cable’s path approximately at the very top of the map.

Map of the Atlantic Ocean from 1746 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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