Morse tapes sent to the 'Great Eastern', 1866.
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These morse tapes were sent to the British warship 's Great Eastern' while it was laying the Atlantic telegraph cable in 1866. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), this steam-powered iron ship was six times larger than any existing ship of the time. The ship was used in the third succesful attempt to lay a submarine telegraph cable linking America with the United Kingdom.