|Cables to Weston were laid in 1885, 1901, 1910 and 1923[map]. The first and last agree
well with major transatlantic cable laying projects by the company but the other two appear to represent network
expansion rather than being directly linked to other Atlantic cables being laid to Waterville.
Click here to see more pictures of Weston at about the time the cables were landed.
|The first cable was laid by the steamship
|The second cable was laid by the ship Silvertown and was "covered throughout its entire length with brass
tape". (There is no electrical significance to the brass tape: John Packer
of the Porchcurno Museum of Submarine Telegraphy says that it was used to combat failures caused by the teredo worm
(Teredo navalis ) eating the Gutta Percha.)
|The cables operated until 1962 when the Commercial Cable Company seem to have shut down all their telegraphic
cable activity. CCC continued in business (as part of ITT) and they were consulted by Trinity House when the
cable Marker beacon at Weston was damaged in 1968 indicating that the beacon
should be destroyed, not repaired.
|The fourth cable was laid in August 1923 from Weston to Waterville by the
John W Mackay, a new ship built for
the company that stayed in service until the 1977. Cable had been laid from the office earlier
to a point just below the sea wall and the new cable was spliced on at that point and the ship set off for
|The Weston Mercury reported that this last cable cost £2 M (presumably the whole route to Nova Scotia.). It was
a cable of "entirely new design ... 3.5 inches in diameter at the shore end" and "weighing 20 tons per mile". (Bellamy states that it had 1100 pounds of copper per nautical mile which is
|Mr E S Stradley the Chairman of the urban District Council sent the first message to
Clarence H Mackay, the President of the company in New York.
|The cables were protected by armed guards during both World Wars. (So was the cable station at Hazel Hill, Nova
Scotia - at least in the First World War - and the story of military involvement and intrigue at Waterville during the
wars is complex. [de Gogan])