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Object ID
M973.485.4
Category
Vessel Equipment - Specific, Cablelaying
Date Made
1902 – 1911
Materials
wood; copper; steel; gutta percha; jute; brass plastic
Description

Rectangular plywood base. At the centre is a brass plate, below a section of cable 20cm. long by 4cm. diameter, reading: "HOW VANCOUVER SENDS WORDS TO AUSTRAL-ASIA/ ALL RED" cable, damaged. Picked up between Fanning Island and Suva, after 27 years immersion. "By cable ship RESTORER, 10th July 1938". At the bottom right is a white label under clear plastic, "PACIFIC CABLE/ Fiji-Fanning Island-Laid 1902/ Showing gutta percha insulation; layer of jute protection against/ 16 wires outside covering. Presented by Chas. Bradbury". Above this is a section of cable, showing 4 different stages of wrapping and wiring. Each stage is wrapped with copper wire, and the whole held to the base by two steel wires. At the left bottom 16 strands of wire are wired to the base with two steel wires. Above this is a bundle of jute protection held by one wire.

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