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H.M.S. Agamemnon laying the Atlantic Cable in 1858, a Whale crosses the line
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: lithograph
Maker: Bryson, Robert M.; Day & Son Ltd.; Dudley, Robert
Place made: United Kingdom, Greater London, London
Date made: 1865
Materials: ink; paper
Measurements: 8 in x 11 1/4 in
Black and white print depicts a view of the Agamemnon, a second-rate ship of the line, while laying a telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean. The paying-out machinery used to lay the cable is visible on a temporary structure that has been added to the ship. A fender encircles the stern to prevent the cable from becoming entangled with the ship's propeller. Smoke can be seen pouring from the ship's funnel. A whale is crossing over the cable, and the ship's crew is gathered on the top deck to watch.