Modern Marvels

Season 1 Episode 6

Transatlantic Cable: 2500 Miles of Copper

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Unknown on The History Channel



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • 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

  • Allusions