French Cable Station Museum

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Come listen all unto my song;

It is no silly fable

‘Tis all about the mighty cord

They call the Atlantic cable.

Bold Cyrus Field, he said, said he,

I have a pretty notion

That I can run a telegraph

Across the Atlantic Ocean

Segment of a poem by John Q. Sax which appeared in Harpers Weekly, September 11, 1858, after the laying of the first Atlantic Cable.

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French Cable Station Museum
This station when it was in operation was the American termination point for a telegraph cable that came directly to Orleans from France. It was called “Le Direct” the direct cable. It was installed in 1898 and was almost 3200 miles long.
Warning sign for the transatlantic cable
This station when it was in operation was the American termination point for a telegraph cable that came directly to Orleans from France. It was called “Le Direct” the direct cable. It was installed in 1898 and was almost 3200 miles long.
Cable samples
Multiple attempts were made to run cables. Many broke from sheer weight suspended from the ship to great depths. They had a copper core and steel reinforced cables.
galvanometer
The signal was so weak after it’s transatlantic journey that a mirror was attached to a galvanometer and a light was projected onto a scale. The light beam would move right or left to indicate dots or dashes.
Mallet Perforator
It was possible to format a message unto a paper tape. By striking one of the three buttons with a mallet a hole would be punched above or below the center of the tape. The center button created a space.
Kleinschmidt perforator
Kleinschmidt perforator – keyboard entry into perforated tape
Cable
Behind the museum is a large spool with some of the original cable
The Long Black Cable
At Nauset Light Beach there is a small hut that was the connection point to the transatlantic cable. Check it out on your next visit.
Cable Hut
The Cable Hut at Nauset Light Beach
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