The deck of Brunel's 'Great Eastern', 1866.
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Lithograph after Robert Dudley from 'The Atlantic Telegraph', a book by W H Rusell with 26 illustrations by Dudley, published in 1866. This shows the forward deck being cleared ready for a final attempt, on 11 August 1866, at grappling the broken transatlantic telegraph cable laid in 1865. The cable of 1865 was the second attempt at establishing a transatlantic line. It was repaired the following year on the same voyage that succesfully laid the first telegraph link acros the Atlantic. This permanently reduced transatlantic communication times from the length of a sea voyage to a few seconds.