• Short Summary

    CABLE & WIRELESS'S CABLE LAYER, "CS MERCURY" LOADED CABLE ABOARD AT GREENWICH, NEAR LONDON, TODAY (FRIDAY).

  • Description

    CABLE & WIRELESS'S CABLE LAYER, "CS MERCURY" LOADED CABLE ABOARD AT GREENWICH, NEAR LONDON, TODAY (FRIDAY). THE SHIP WILL SHORTLY LEAVE FOR SINGAPORE TO COMMENCE LAYING THE FIRST STAGE OF SEACOM (SOUTH EAST ASIA COMMONWEALTH TELEPHONE CABLE) IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA. THE CABLE IS TO LINK SINGAPORE, SABAH AND HONG KONG, AND THE SHIP OPERATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE MONSOONS START AT THE BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER.

    THE "C.S.MERCURY" IS THE FIRST CABLE LAYER OWNED BY CABLE & WIRELESS, AND WAS BUILT IN SCOTLAND IN 1952. THE LARGEST VESSEL (8,960 TONS) IN THE COMPANY'S FLEET, SHE IS THE FASTEST CABLE LAYER IN THE WORLD. SHE HAS THREE TANKS IN WHICH CAN BE LOADED 1,200 MILES OF LIGHTWEIGHT CABLE, AND CARRIES 159 OFFICERS AND MEN.

    AFTER COMMISSIONING IN 1962 SHE WENT TO THE PACIFIC TO LAY 3,000 MILES OF TELEPHONE CABLE -- PART OF THE CABLE SYSTEM LINKING AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND WITH VANCOUVER, CANADA. "MERCURY" HAS CIRCUM-NAVIGATED THE WORLD; HER TOTAL MILAGE IS ABOVE 100,000 MILES. SHE IS COMMANDED BY CAPTAIN REYNOLDS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABXL9F540953S3XT4C0IZR7RK0
    Media URN:
    VLVABXL9F540953S3XT4C0IZR7RK0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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