…when telephone communication simply didn’t exist outside of one’s own country.
OneRepublic’s song Connection is one of the Museum’s theme songs. For us, it echoes our mission: The Mariners’ Museum and Park connects people to the world’s waters, because through the waters—through our shared maritime heritage—we are connected to one another.
Getting that Connection.
Sixty-five years ago this summer, the laying of the first transatlantic telephone cable was completed. The project was jointly supported by American Telephone & Telegraph Company, the General Post Office of the United Kingdom and the Canadian Overseas Telecommunications Corporation.
The British cable ship Monarch is documented here during the historic cable laying operation. Cable was laid in three sections: a section on each end (Newfoundland and Scotland) that connected to a central section.
The first phone call was made September 25, 1956 between New York, Ottawa and London. It can be heard here:
OneRepublic. Accessed May 3, 2021, https://onerepublic.com/
Burns, Bill. Accessed May 2, 2021, https://atlantic-cable.com/Cables/1956TAT-1/