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James Anderson (sea captain)

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James Anderson, 1866 engraving
(The Illustrated London News)

Sir James Anderson (1824–1893) captained SS Great Eastern on the laying of the Transatlantic telegraph cable in 1865 and 1866.[1]

Anderson was born in Dumfries in south west Scotland and educated at the academy there.[1]

Anderson captained Great Eastern, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, on the transatlantic telegraph cable laying voyages of 1865 and 1866.[2] He was later managing director of the Eastern Telegraph Company, which became the largest submarine cable firm in the world.


  1. ^ a b Rinaldi, Giancarlo (14 December 2016). "The Cable Guy: Captain James Anderson". BBC News. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  2. ^ History of the Atlantic Cable & Submarine Telegraphy - Great Eastern