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Remembered Today:

7th September 1914


christine liava'a
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7th September 1914

attack on cable station at Fanning island, Pacific Ocean, by German warship Nurnberg

The underwater cable from Australia and NZ to Hawaii, thence to North America

was cut.

Hugh Greig, of Fanning Island, swam out to secure the ends of the cut cable.

No communication was possible for about 2 weeks, until a cable ship from Hawaii came to reconnect the cable

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Who laid the cable across the Pacific? Thats quiet a ways. Perhaps its because I am on the US east coast, but I have always heard about the Brits laying the cables across the Atlantic, I had never given much though to the 'other' side.

Andy

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short answer- the Pacific Cable Board, of Australia, New Zealand and Canada. in 1902

for more details, see http://www.cwhistory.com/history/html/PacificMap.html

and

http://www.bms.bc.ca/about/history.html

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