Modern Marvels

Season 1 Episode 6

Transatlantic Cable: 2500 Miles of Copper

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Unknown on The History Channel
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Transatlantic Cable: 2500 Miles of Copper
An examination of how one man's vision and the cooperation between the US and England resulted in an instant, reliable transcontinental mode of communication in the mid-1800s. See how wealthy 33-year-old Cyrus West Field endured many failures and lost millions in his attempt to close the communication gap between the Old and New Worldsmoreless
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    • The price of a telegram to Europe in 1866 was $1.25 per word. Today, allowing for inflation, it is 60 times cheaper.

    • After the failure of the cable Field was villified by the public. Many believed he was a charlatan, aquaintances crossed the street to avoid him.

    • A portion of Field's original cable was recently pulled from the ocean. Though over 100 years old it could still conduct electricity.

    • From the time he had the idea for the Transatlantic Cable, it took Cyrus Field just three months to organize a company and raise the money.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • Dr. Bernard S. Finn
      Curator, Electrical Collection, Smithsonian Institution

      Hayden Moore
      Consultant/Advisor, Submarine Cable Systems

      Cyrus W. Field IV
      Great great Grandson

      Dr. Roger McGrath
      Professor of History, UCLA

      Dr. Sheldon Hochheiser
      Corporate Historian, AT&T

      Frank Denniston
      Bell Atlantic Chief Engineer, FLAG

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