One stamps on this miniature sheet issued by Great Britain shows us two vessel, the NIAGARA and the AGAMEMNON.
The stamp is designed after a sketch celebrating goodwill between Great Britain and North America after the laying of the Atlantic telegraph cable between Newfoundland and Valentia Bay (Ireland). Laid by the American steamer NIAGARA and British steamer AGAMEMNON, the cable transmitted its first message on August 17, 1858. The artist shows Brother Jonathan, a personification of the USA, shaking hands with John Bull, an emblem of England.
NIAGARA on the left, AGAMEMNON on the right of the stamp.
Four British and American vessels– the AGAMEMNON, the VALOROUS, the NIAGARA, and the GORGON–met in mid-ocean for the fifth attempt. On July 29, the NIAGARA and the GORGON, with their load of cable, departed for Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, while the AGAMEMNON and the VALOROUS embarked for Valentia, Ireland. By August 5, the cable had been successfully laid, stretching nearly 2,000 miles across the Atlantic at a depth often of more than two miles.
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