On August 16, 1858, after months of laying and splicing across more than two thousand miles of sea floor, engineers telegraphed the following message from Queen Victoria in Morse code: “The Queen is convinced that the President will join her in fervently hoping that the electric cable, which now connects Great Britain with the United States, will prove an additional link between the nations, whose friendship is founded upon their common interest and reciprocal esteem.” Ujifusa, Steven. Barons of the Sea: And their Race to Build the World's Fastest Clipper Ship (p. 295). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.

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