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Big crowd celebrates 150th anniversary of Heart's Content transatlantic cable


Imagine relying on a large underwater cable to send a text message from your phone to a friend. It might seem cumbersome, but this sort of infrastructure played a pivotal role in sharing messages across far distances for many decades — and Heart’s Content is part of that story.

Wednesday, July 27 marks the 150th anniversary of the successful laying of the first transatlantic cable, connecting Valencia Island, Ireland to the small Trinity Bay community. This achievement allowed messages to travel instantaneously by telegraph.

From then on until the cable station’s closure in 1965, Heart’s Content served as an important hub for international communications, relaying messages connected to many of the most important stories of those times.

“Heart’s Content was simply like Gander,” said former cable station employee Art Tavenor, referencing the latter community’s high profile for decades as a stopover site for aircraft travelling across the Atlantic Ocean. “It was a relay station. Heart’s Content linked it by cable, and Gander linked it by air.”

Coinciding with the town’s come home year celebrations, a host of events are taking place to honour the occasion. On Wednesday, two former workers at the Heart’s Content Cable Station — Roland Peddle and Tavenor — cut a ribbon above newly marked stones honouring the legacy of the cable laying.

“It make you wonder where we’re going from here,” said Tavenor when asked about the importance of that event in relation to where technology has taken the world since. “This is just the beginning really.”

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'Landing the Cable'

A new exhibition is now on display at the museum inside the old cable station, which includes an office building built in 1875 and an extension dating back to 1918. Anniversary celebrations continue though to this Sunday.

As part of Wednesday’s ceremony, the Heart’s Content Mizzen Heritage Society presented the play “A Grand Affairs,” which featured an entertaining retelling of how the laying of the cable came to be.

editor@cbncompass.ca

Wednesday, July 27 marks the 150th anniversary of the successful laying of the first transatlantic cable, connecting Valencia Island, Ireland to the small Trinity Bay community. This achievement allowed messages to travel instantaneously by telegraph.

From then on until the cable station’s closure in 1965, Heart’s Content served as an important hub for international communications, relaying messages connected to many of the most important stories of those times.

“Heart’s Content was simply like Gander,” said former cable station employee Art Tavenor, referencing the latter community’s high profile for decades as a stopover site for aircraft travelling across the Atlantic Ocean. “It was a relay station. Heart’s Content linked it by cable, and Gander linked it by air.”

Coinciding with the town’s come home year celebrations, a host of events are taking place to honour the occasion. On Wednesday, two former workers at the Heart’s Content Cable Station — Roland Peddle and Tavenor — cut a ribbon above newly marked stones honouring the legacy of the cable laying.

“It make you wonder where we’re going from here,” said Tavenor when asked about the importance of that event in relation to where technology has taken the world since. “This is just the beginning really.”

SEE RELATED:

'Heart's Content gears up for big anniversary'

'Landing the Cable'

A new exhibition is now on display at the museum inside the old cable station, which includes an office building built in 1875 and an extension dating back to 1918. Anniversary celebrations continue though to this Sunday.

As part of Wednesday’s ceremony, the Heart’s Content Mizzen Heritage Society presented the play “A Grand Affairs,” which featured an entertaining retelling of how the laying of the cable came to be.

editor@cbncompass.ca

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