The Red Sea Line

The Red Sea Line

Discover the remarkable story of the laying of the very first telegraph cable into Porthcurno by Cableship ‘Investigator’

In June 1870, the final section of a telegraph cable was brought ashore at Porthcurno, enabling the first direct communication between London and Bombay, with intermediate connections in Portugal, Gibraltar, Malta and Egypt. From this time forwards, messages that might have taken weeks, or even months to arrive at their destination, could be sent in less than 10 minutes. This cable link, named The Red Sea Line, was the brainchild of visionary entrepreneur Sir John Pender, founder of The Falmouth, Malta and Gibraltar Telegraph Company, and was the first in a network of communications which grew to span the globe.

The Red Sea Line
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