Archive for August, 2009

The Telegraph Museum

‘I’ll put a girdle round about the earth, in forty minutes’, says Shakespeare’s Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Well, early telegraph messages weren’t quite so fast: a message from Queen Victoria to the US President, for instance, comprising just 98 words, took 19 hours to send. But things improved, and soon Puck’s fantasy became the Victorians’ reality – as Martyn Oliver discovers.

Between Logan Rock and Minack Point, almost at the very furthest tip of Cornwall, lie the beautiful crescent-shaped beaches of Porthcurno Bay. Today, the Rock, the Bay and Minack’s open-air theatre are magnets for visitors. But the white sands hide a secret. Buried beneath them were the submarine telegraph cables that once linked Britain to the rest of the world. Read more…