This site started out as a Weston-super-Mare (UK) local history resource but as the
subject, the Commercial Cable Company, was actually a world-wide cable operator the scope has expanded greatly.
The focus of this site remains the West of England and Ireland.
Local (Weston-super-Mare) history books show some photographs of cables being brought
ashore. They mention the guarding of cables in the two wars and their importance at that time. One (The Sea-Board of Mendip 1902) suggests that the Weston cables were
particularly reliable as they enjoyed a more stable link with London than the Cornwall - based cables but that might
be local pride!
|I have tried to acknowledge all my sources for all this information. Please
contact me if you feel I have published something of yours I shouldn't !
|This site has been much enhanced by the inclusion of material from
North Somerset Museum which is shown with their kind
permission. (Click here to browse the full archive.) This material is copyright and
I have marked it as such. I have also been updated with information from past employees who have emailed through
the site and Dr Donard de Cogan C.Eng., FIEE of the School of Information Systems University of East Anglia who
is a real expert on the history of these type of cables.
|I am grateful for the assistance of the family of George White (1904 - 2006), the
last General Manager in the UK. I have built an archive of the material they have lent
me as well as updating the site with information from that archive.
|Bill McLaughlin has submitted some very useful
information which is now included in the site. Bill grew up in Roslyn, New York. This is the town in which Clarence
H. Mackay, who took over the presidency of Commercial Cable from his father, had a beautiful 600 acre country estate
until his death in 1938.
In 2005 and 2006, many more ex-employees have submitted information / reminiscences
and photographs and some of these appear in the main site. In addition there is now a
WIKI (what is a WIKI?) with many more pages
of in-depth information about CCC submitted by others.
This site is now closed to further submissions and the wiki is available to read but no longer for update.