Once the telegraph link had been established, Queen Victoria exchanged congratulations with President Andrew Johnson.
|The telegraph House at Trinity Bay, Newfoundland. |
The messages took several hours to cross the ocean. But without the cable, a despatch going in one direction alone would have taken up to 12 days by inland telegraph and steamer.
The public impact of the Atlantic telegraph was enormous. The event was widely celebrated in images such as this one.
|'The Eighth Wonder of the World': The Atlantic Cable. |
With landlines and submarine cables now connecting cities and trade centres, news and information could be passed almost instantly, where before it had taken weeks.
This American print, published to celebrate the laying of the cable, acknowledges the achievements of:
|A 'Torchlight Procession around the World'. |
- Benjamin Franklin, a pioneer in the use of electricity
- Samuel Morse, whose Morse Code transmitted the first message
- Cyrus Field, founder of the New York, Newfoundland and London Electric Telegraph Company
- Captain Hudson of the USS Niagara.
The Niagara had been involved in an unsuccessful attempt at laying a telegraph cable across the Atlantic between 1856 and 1857.