About

Thinking back, I was first interested in submarine cables as a child.

Pictures of submarine cable repeaters reeling out over the stern of HMS Monarch featured in one of my favourite books “How it Works – The Telephone”.  This also had cross-sections of city streets showing the pipes and cables beneath.

I was always fascinated by what could not be seen, and the thought of pencil thin cables travelling for thousands of miles between continents, miles below the ocean surface, was no different.

For the UK, a pretty definitive maps of submarine cables are held by Kingfisher (their cable awareness maps) at http://www.kis-orca.eu/ They have pdf downloads, and a very comprehensive interactive map with switchable layers for power cables, oil pipelines, wind turbines, and so on.

The interactive map is here http://www.kis-orca.eu/map

A Google earth version is here: http://www.justmagic.com/GoogleMaps_SubmarineCables.html

Wikipedial links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_international_submarine_communications_cables

Kingfisher Fortnightly Bulletins

15 thoughts on “About

  1. Bill Glover

    A very interesting site. If you have a look at the above site you’ll find cable listings from 1850 to date. no maps but plenty of detail. Photos of cable stations, both home and abroad, cable ships, telegrams etc etc.
    The above site is one I contribute to, the webmaster is Bill Burns, billb@ftldesign.com
    Take a look

    Regards

    Bill Glover

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for the link to atlantic-cable.com

      I am interested in the slightly more recent history, and the site does have some excellent information of relevance to that.

      Steve.

      Reply
  2. Richard Broomhall

    Hi Steven,

    I’ve very interested in the work that you’ve undertaken on submarine cable networks. I’m an artist and filmmaker and am working on a large scale project about the telecoms cable landfall points around the coast of the UK. You can see the first of the films here

    http://www.fracturedether.co.uk/widemouth-point-1/

    Currently work is focused on Brean, please do get in touch as I feel there is a fruitful conversation for us to have,

    All the best

    Richard Broomhall

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Richard,

      I am interested that you have chosen to focus on this topic.

      Despite being an engineer, I do think of the cables as carrying something other than just data. I like the way they are at the cutting edge of technology, ever trying to carry more data at faster speeds, whilst co-existing with nature under the sand and beneath the sea.

      I look forward to further episodes of your work.

      Steve.

      Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi,

      Thanks for submitting the link.

      I am surprised they are not buried lower (I expected them to be 4-6 feet down). Obviously a significant amount of sand has been shifted.

      Steve.

      Reply
  3. Mits

    Hi,

    Do you have any info about the domestic undersea cables? For example between the Isle of Wight and mainland UK?

    Great website BTW!

    Thanks
    Mits

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mits,

      I have very little on domestic cables, in fact the Kingfisher charts often do not show them Admiralty charts do though, but are not available for free viewing online as far as I know.

      Steve.

      Reply
  4. RADIOAMATEUR

    Hi Everybody
    Hope this blog is still alive. I found an interesting facility at St.Margaret’s Bay in center of the village. Exactly this place is canceled at Google Street View, making it more suspect. One staircase looks like ending in an underground facility. 51° 9’0.24″N 1°22’42.13″E
    Could it be a cable landing of Tamares 42Tbps Link to France?
    Greetings from Bavaria

    Reply
  5. RADIOAMATEUR

    Hi Everybody
    On my virtual tour I found two unusual big buildings at Readcar, housing only some smaller shops. The walls are huge and there are only some tiny rear doors. At GE timeline the buildings were raised between 2000 and 2005. Maybe this are Landings? By the way: has anybody information about Tamares locations?
    1. 54°37’3.35″N 1° 4’1.75″W
    2. 54°37’3.30″N 1° 3’58.92″W
    Greetings to all curious
    RADIOAMATEUR

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Greetings,

      This is very interesting, especially since one road entrance has a large number of manholes.

      The sites are adjacent to the Redcar telephone exchange.

      Unusually, there is little evidence of air-conditioning plant.

      Some further investigation is warranted.

      Thank you for your input.

      Steve.

      Reply
  6. Simon Sanctuary

    Hi

    Very interesting site. My Grandfather Roy Panteney was one of the engineers that layed TAT 1 for which he received the British Empire Medal. He stayed with the GPO/BT until his retired in 1985 having worked on cables all over the world and also training the local engineers. I am currently going through everything I have of this time and if you are interested would be happy to share this information?

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hello Simon,

      Glad you found the site interesting. If you have pictures of cable being pulled ashore or termination equipment and other infrastructure then I would love to have them on the site. This site is mainly for modern cables, but does include TAT-1 as a special case.

      If you have stories, or details or people, then I would think Bill Burns at site atlantic-cable.com would be most interested.

      Steve.

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *