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1879 __ Telegraph in Africa
Comment : THE EASTERN AND SOUTH AFRICAN TELEGRAPH COMPANY.This was another John Pender company, set up in 1879 to link Aden and Cape Town with landings at the British and Portuguese colonies on the east coast of Africa. Telcon were awarded the contract to make and lay the 3900 nm cable. Aden-Zanzibar laid by CS Scotia ; Zanzibar-Mozambique laid by CS's Seine and Calabria ; Mozambique-Lorenzo Marques laid by CS Calabria ; Lorenzo Marques-Durban laid by CS Kangaroo ; Durban was connected to Cape Town by landline. To maintain the cables CS Great Northern was purchased from Hoopers Telegraph Works and based at Zanzibar. As the number of cables grew another ship, the Nentwater, was purchased from W. Dickinson of Newcastle and converted for cable repair work. Named CS Duplex her main area of work was on the west coast of Africa. In 1889 cables were laid on the west coast of Africa to link up with the West African Telegraph Company cables. Telcon carried out the links: Cape Town-Nolloth-Mossamedes, Angola. CS Scotia laid the 1584 nm cable. IRGP then laid a cable from Mossamedes to Benguela and Luanda, Angola. These were followed in 1890 by two cables, one linking Zanzibar with Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika, the other connecting Zanzibar to Mombasa, Kenya. Three years later Telcon were awarded contracts to connect Zanzibar to the Seychelles and Mauritius. (Bill Glover, "History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications from the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network - The Evolution of Cable & Wireless, Part 3", 2009)
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