Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

National Maritime Museum of Ireland

The Story of the First Trans-Atlantic Cable

In Person

An exhibition commemorating the life and times of Captain Robert Halpin, the celebrated ship’s master from Wicklow Town, formally opened at the National Maritime Museum in April 2022. We often take for granted our present world of virtually instant communication. Yet in the early 19th Century the reality was totally different. It was a question of “out of sight, out of mind”, particularly in relation to keeping in touch with America, Australia and the Far East. The advent of steamships, underwater communication cables and towards the end of the century radio changed all this. As regards the laying of the underwater communication cables, Halpin and his vessel the ‘Great Eastern’ were the doyens in their respective fields, a story which is illustrated in this exhibition.

Time: 5.00pm - 9.00pm

Genres: Heritage / History / Museum / Tour / Visual Art

Features: All ages / Wheelchair accessible

Address: Mariners Church, Haigh Terrace, on Lexicon Plaza, Dún Laoghaire, A96 C8X7

Website: http://www.mariner.ie

Phone: 01 214 3964

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