British cable steamer cuts Germany's trans-Atlantic submarine cables

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British cable steamer cuts Germany's trans-Atlantic submarine cables

Date: Wednesday, 5 Aug 1914
 
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Many authors say that the cable steamer was the CS Telconia. However, in this book, J R Winkler says that all references to the CS Telconia are incorrect and based on this book by B Tuchman; instead, referring to a memo of the British GPO, dated 7 August 1914, Winkler says that the ship which cut the cables was the CS Alert and says that the operation was conducted near the lightship on the Varne Bank. Winkler says that the first cable was found just after 03:30 on 5 August and that the last, fifth, cable was cut just after 07:00. This other book also says that the cables were cut by the CS Alert.

In line with the (possibly incorrect) majority view, page 70 of this book says:
In the misty dawn of August 5, when the war was only five hours old, the British cable ship Teleconia dragged her grappling irons along the muddy bottom of the southern North Sea. Five German overseas cables, snaking down the Channel, from the port city of Emden, on the Dutch frontier, were her quarry. One to Brest, in France, another to Vigo, in Spain, a third to Tenerife, in North Africa, and two to New York. One by one, Teleconia fished up and cut all five of the heavy, slime-covered cables. That same day, a British cruiser severed two German overseas cables near the Azores. Thus, from the wars first day, Germany was cut off from direct cable communication with the world beyond Europe.
As a result the Germans could communicate with their own embassies in the Americas by only two methods: by radio from Nauen (near Berlin) to Saybille (on Long Island) or by by a route passing from Stockholm to Buenos Aires, known as the "Swedish roundabout".

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