DescriptionIn 1866 Heart's Content was the focus of one of the greatest technological achievements of the age: the landing of the first successful transatlantic cable. On July 27 the town became the western terminus of the cable that spanned the ocean floor to Valentia, Ireland. Recruited to do the job was the mammoth Great Eastern, five times the size of the largest ship afloat at the time.
Other cables were landed in the following decades, and Heart's Content served as a base of Western Union's international cable system until transoceanic telephone cable and satellite communication rendered submarine cable obsolete in the 1960s.
Things to SeeHeart's Content Cable Station Provincial Historic Site