Saw this ship in Calais last month and couldn't work out what its function was. Looked it up on Google and it is listed as a dredger, but not like any I've seen before. It is registered in Bridgetown, Barbados.
She is a Canadian cable ship, based on Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia, and employed maintaining one of the many transatlantic cables.
Came fourth...now what?
What a coincidence. . . . . I was reading this today
Originally Posted by kevin
The Cable Ship
We fished up the Atlantic Cable one day between the Barbadoes and the
Held up our lanterns and put some rubber over the wound in its back,
Latitude 15 degrees north, longitude 61 degrees west.
When we laid our ear down to the gnawed place
we could hear something humming inside the cable.
"It's some millionaires in Montreal and St John
talking over the price of Cuban sugar, and ways to
reduce our wages", one of us said.
For a long time we stood there thinking, in a circle of lanterns,
we're all patient cable fishermen, then we let the coated cable fall back
to its place in the sea.
-- Harry Edmund Martinson
HARRY EDMUND MARTINSON (b. May 6, 1904, Jämshög, Swed.--d. Feb. 11, 1978,
Stockholm), Swedish novelist and poet who was the first self-taught,
working-class writer to be elected to the Swedish Academy (1949).
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