Eastern Telegraph Company Sign
Posted on June 10, 2016 / 987
poi type : Miscellaneous
Location : Gibraltar
Description : Metal sign to mark the location of the underground cable
Condition : Fair

The first submarine telegraph cable started its operation in Gibraltar in 1870. Gibraltar was a landing point for the long-range submarine cable that from Porthcurno, in the United Kingdom.  This cable ran between Lisbon, Gibraltar, Malta, Alexandria, Suez, Aden, Bombay, thenover land to the east coast of India, then on to Penang, Malacca, Singapore, Batavia (current Jakarta), to finally reach Darwin, Australia. It was the first direct link between Australia and Great Britain. The company that laid the first part of the cable took the name of Falmouth, Gibraltar and Malta Telegraph Company and had been founded in 1869. This company later operated as the Eastern Telegraph Company (ETC) from Mount Pleasant in Gibraltar and eventually became Cable & Wireless.  This metal sign is believed to mark the location of the underground cable running up from Picnic Bay to the cable station. This is believed to be the only one that has survived in Malta.

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