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Great Transatlantic Cable, The 1x60

Until the first transatlantic cable was laid, communication between North America and Europe took at least a week. The need for a transatlantic cable was obvious. The project would require the production of a 2,000 mile long cable that would have to be laid three miles beneath the Atlantic. Cyrus Field, an energetic, young, New York-based paper manufacturer wasn’t deterred. It took twelve years of cajoling and massaging investors, four abortive attempt to lay the cable and millions of wasted dollars before Field and his team of engineers finally succeeded. On July 27, 1866, the wire was finally in place and since that day, almost 150 years ago, nothing has broken his communications link with Europe—not storms, earthquakes or world wars.