Telegraph - Eastern Telegraph Co.

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PORTHCURNOW TELEGRAPH STATION (EASTERN TELEGRAPH COMPANY)

Porthcurno is unusually well known for its size because of its history as a major international submarine communications cable station. In the late nineteenth century, the remote beach at Porthcurno became internationally famous as the British termination of early submarine telegraph cables, the first of which was landed in 1870, part of an early international link stretching all the way from the UK to India, which was then a British colony. In 1872 the Eastern Telegraph Company (ETC) Limited was formed which took over the operation of the cables and built a cable office in Porthcurno valley.

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  • Images from The Sketch Feb 8 1899

ETC and its cable operations expanded through the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, in 1928 to merge with Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Limited to form Imperial and International Communications Limited which was renamed Cable and Wireless Limited in 1934. Source [1]

  • further ETC token information from The Tokens and Checks of Malta by Bob Lyall. publ. 1999
  • See also The Evolution of Cable & Wireless, Part 2 [2]


Telegraph - Eastern Telegraph Company Tokens
File:POR001.jpg
Material Brass
Filename POR001
Description PORTHCURNOW MESS curved around
Rev. 1d in wreath
Size (mm) 26
Notes
POR002.jpg
Material Brass
Filename POR002
Description PORTHCURNOW MESS curved around
Rev. 2d in wreath
Size (mm) 25.8
© malj1
Notes
File:POR003.jpg
Material Brass
Filename POR003
Description PORTHCURNOW MESS curved around
Rev. 3d in wreath
Size (mm) 26
Notes
POR004.jpg
Material Brass
Filename POR004
Description PORTHCURNOW MESS curved around
Rev. 4d in wreath
Size (mm) 25.8
© malj1
Notes
File:ETC002.jpg
Material Brass
Filename ETC002
Description E.T.C. MESS curved around ½d
Rev. Blank
Size (mm) ?
Notes
File:ETC003.jpg
Material Brass
Filename ETC003
Description E.T.C. MESS curved around 1d
Rev. Blank
Size (mm) ?
Notes
File:ETC004.jpg
Material Brass
Filename ETC004
Description E.T.C. MESS curved around 2d
Rev. Blank
Size (mm) ?
Notes
File:ETC005.jpg
Material Brass
Filename ETC005
Description E.T.C. MESS curved around 3d
Rev. Blank
Size (mm) ?
Notes
File:ETC001.jpg
Material Brass
Filename ETC001
Description E.T.C. MESS curved around 4d
Rev. Blank
Size (mm) ?
Notes