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Reproduced courtesy of Lynne Norton

Cable ship RECORDER

Date: 1936
Image: 227 x 181 mm
Sheet: 235 x 194 mm
Mount: 508 x 406 mm, 3 mm
Overall: 508 x 406 mm, 3 mm, 0.2 kg
Medium: Paper, pencil
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Lynne Norton
Object Name: Drawing
Object No: 00027992
Place Manufactured:Circular Quay

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    Frank Norton has depicted the cable ship RECORDER in Sydney Harbour. Drawn from the wharf, Norton has captured the material needed for cable ship operations.
    SignificanceThis drawing represents the relience on ships for maintaining communication between Australia and the rest of the world.
    HistoryLaying cable for telecommunications around the world began in the mid 19th century and has continued into the 21st century. Global communication still relies heavily on submarine cables and are susceptible to breaks from ships, marine life, and natural forces. The cable ships are therefore important in maintaining communications by repairing the breaks.

    RECORDER was built in 1902 by D.J. Dunlop & Company, Glasgow for Pacific Cable Board. This company represented the governments of British dominions and therefore RECORDER and was originally called HMCS IRIS.

    During the First World War, IRIS captured Captain von Luckner, the commander of the German raider SEEADLER that had terrorised the Allied war effort in the Atlantic and the Pacific. Von Luckner's ship had run ashore in Fiji and IRIS was able to intercept the captain before he was able to commandeer another ship.

    In 1929, IRIS was sold to the Imperial & International Communications Ltd (later Cable & Wireless Co.), renamed RECORDER and continued to maintain the cable lines until sold for scrap in 1952.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Cable ship RECORDER

    Primary title: CABLE SHIP "RECORDER"

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