|The company that brought cables to Weston was the Commercial Cable Company,
based in New York. It is also described in some (Weston) newspaper reports as the Commercial Union Cable Company
but I have not seen that used elsewhere.
|They were not at the forefront of cable development, which started some 40 years earlier,
but were one of the three companies that laid transatlantic cables from the area around Canso, Nova Scotia. The
aim of CCC was to compete with the pioneering cables landing at Newfoundland which enjoyed monopoly rights for that
|Western Union Telegraph was the other long-established company at Canso and Commercial Cable
were the "new boys" setting up at Hazel Hill a couple of miles from the Western Union offices. (The third company,
Direct United States Cable landed their cables 30 miles from Canso and only
operated there until 1887).
|Their first transatlantic cable from Canso to Waterville in Ireland was laid in 1884 and this
one was linked to Weston in 1885. By 1923 they had six cables and Weston-Super-Mare had four links (actually five
circuits as the first cable was bicored). The transatlantic cables also communicated with the continent of Europe
via Waterville and Le Havre.
|Life at a remote cable station in 1911 - 1913.
|Old post card of the 22 story CCC Headquarters Building in New York City. This was built in 1897
and demolished in 1954. Address was 20 Broad Street.
Click on picture to enlarge it. Picture courtesy of Bill McLaughlin
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||Click here for office and address information. Maybe your local
office still exists as at Weston-super-Mare