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George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard) 1 1 Browse Search
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ess, and pledged themselves that the first attempt to lay the cable should be made in 1857. It is believed that the disasters of the company are traceable to this pledge. The cable was hastily constructed in order to be ready in time, and without the aid of carefully-devised experiments. The break machinery was novel and cumbrous. The whole thing was done in a hurry. The United States ship Niagara and the British ship Agamemnon started together with the cable from Valentia on the 7th of August, 1857, with the intention of laying it across to Newfoundland, in accordance with a plan which necessitated the junction of the two sections of the cable in mid ocean as soon as one vessel had paid out its cargo, whatever the weather might be. After paying out about three hundred and thirty-five miles, the cable broke on the 11th of August in two thousand fathoms of water. The expedition then returned to Plymouth. The vessels started again from Cork on the 17th of July, 1858, and accom