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    TAT-1 Transatlantic Telephone Cable

    This comes ashore at Gallanach Bay in the grounds of Gallanach House. It was the first transatlantic telephone cable and came into service in 1956. The cable is no long used but the buildings remain. Part of the site was in a tunnel in the rockface.
    The cable carried the "Hot Line" between Washington, London and Moscow,


    Global telephone communications using submarine cables began on 25 September 1956, when the first transatlantic undersea telephone system, TAT-1, went into service. This site is the eastern terminal of the transatlantic cable that stretched west to Clarenville, Newfoundland. TAT-1 was a great technological achievement providing unparalleled reliability with fragile components in hostile environments. It was made possible through the efforts of engineers at AT&T Bell Laboratories and British Post Office. The system operated until 1978.











































    GMT / CORNERBROOK / MONTREAL.









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    Nice Pikkies. Looks To Be A Most Inhospitable Place.

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    I would love to turn this into a house, craking place.
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    That was really interesting,thanks for sharing.

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    Excellent find. I like it when explores involve places which have some real history attached to them.
    No signature due to chronic lack of imagination, creativity and wit.

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    Very nice,like it a lot.Good find m8.

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    Bumping so someone can add info to this thread.

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    Very cool report
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    This is a sad end to a very significant site in the history of communications. In 2006 the importance of TAT-1 was recognized by designation of the project as an IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering. Commemorative plaques were installed at 52 Cormack Dr., Clarenville, Newfoundland, Canada; at the Cape Breton Fossil Centre in Sydney Mines on Cape Breton Island, Canada; and in Gallanach Bay. Unfortunately, according to the IEEE, "The plaque at Gallanach Bay, about 3km south of Oban, Scotland. is currently underwater and not in a safe location."

    My site on the history of undersea cables has a section on TAT-1, which includes an audio file of part of the first conversation over the line.
    Most of the cable and some of the repeaters were made by the British company STC, and this page has further details.

    Thanks for all the photos of the site in its present condition - a valuable contribution to the history of the project.

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    ref- post below, and a bump before the item was closed .
    I'm giving my recollections of one who worked in this place for a short period of time in the early 70's, where even then security was tight and cameras were frowned on, if not banned.
    The original station was hewn out of the hillside pre 1955 in the days of the cold war and served as the original link for telecommunications/ between the UK and USA, including coms from UK early warning stations to USA and carried the USA-Moscow hot line.
    TAT - 1 Transatlantic Telephone Cable - Oban - April 2012

    Building in question as shown is not just one Transatlantic cable terminal opened in 1955. The surface building at the front in darker stone is the original building for welfare and admin for TAT1( the UK-STATES cable), with the white glasshouse shown above as the terminal for CANTAT 1( Canadian transatlantic cable ),and opened in 1961.

    With this photo of the internals of the admin/welfare building




    To give an idea of size, the brickwork at the left was approx 2metre. And this was the surface building.

    From the welfare room a passage way ( Adit 1)

    ran a short way ( past the eventual entrance to the later surface building ) to a massive bomb proof steel door. After that it was approx 100yds ( run by us mad young keen techs as a macho keep fit session,several times a day) to the equipment room. Some idea of the size can be gleaned by considering that the start of the Adit1 ( and underground chamber ) was parallel to the smaller window of the Welfare room and the other Adit 2 is as per

    An idea of Adit 1 is

    And the steel door is

    With Adit 2

    In the welfare room was situated an alarm board

    to let staff know of problems in the stations.
    In the underground cavern there were two levels. The upper level contained the equipment needed to convert 80 calls to be carried over one co axial cable and the power feeding equipment needed to power the amplifiers to amplify the signals over the vast distance. On a floor below was a power suite with a generator etc to provide power in the event of mains failure. Some thing noted was the air filtration stuff, but beyond the steel doors, there was no welfare facilities/drinking water purification or cooking facilities, so what happened to anyone on duty if they got advanced warning of a four minute warning is anyone's guess.
    The other photos on the original report refer to the surface station built to service the Oban - Canada CANTAT1 cable.
    Someone mentioned it was "most inhospitable" ,and they only saw the surface buildings. Someone else suggested it might make a "great home". Might be , but with a hidden subterranean two level cavern attached. The original report only sees the tip of the hillside iceberg. Haven seen the sum total, what you ( joe public)see is only the tip of the iceberg.

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