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    A British ship has left British Columbia, trailing behind it a long cable.The ship will?

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    A British ship has left British Columbia, trailing behind it a long cable.The ship will cross the Pacific Ocean, laying the communications cable.The motor-vessel Monarch has begun work on the first section of the cable, which will eventually connect Canada with Australia and New Zealand.With the use of powerful sound boosters, calls between continents will be as loud and clear as those between neighbouring houses.The booster repeaters are put in at intervals as part of the cable.The cable will carry 160 conversations simultaneously.The Canadian end of the cable is located at Port Alberni, where the capacity of the cable is already being tested.

    When the ship runs out of cable, a huge buoy is used to mark the end.It will take the eight-thousand-ton ship about ten days to lay the first one-thousand miles between the coast of British Columbia and a point half-way to Hawaii.The vessel travels at six knots an hour.

    The project is a joint commonwealth effort by Canada, Britain, australia and New Zealand.So far, tests have gone well, and the entire trans-Pacific communications line is expected to be in service in December.

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