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CS Burnside

Cable Repair Ship:
  • Built in 1882 as SS British Yeoman by Campbell, Mackintosh & Bowstead, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Launched date unknown
  • Fitted with new boilers and engines in 1887 at Swan, Hunter of Wallsend on Tyne
  • Sold to Spanish company in 1891 and renamed SS Rita
  • Captured by USS Yale during the Spanish-American war, renamed CS Burnside
  • Converted into a cable ship after the loss of CS Hooker while laying cable in the Philippines, CS Burnside completed the work
  • In 1903 Cable Ship CS Burnside began work on the US-Alaska cable, laying the 291 nm section from Sitka to Juneau
  • In 1904 she laid 1070 nm of cable from Sitka to Seattle, and a further 640 nm from Sitka to Valdez
  • These cables were operated by the US Army Signals Corps for the Washington-Alaska Military Cable and Telegraph System (WAMCATS)
  • Final Disposition sold for scrapping to General Metals Co., Oakland CA. in 1924
    Displacement 2,226 gross tons
    Length 285'2"
    Beam 36'7"
    Draft 26'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    Fuel Capacities unknown
    one triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    single shaft

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    Burnside 59k CS Burnside at anchor in Valdez Bay, Alaska, October 1916 History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
    Burnside 36k Painting of CS Burnside courtesy of David Stoff. The painting was commissioned by his great-grandfather, who served on the Burnside laying cable in the Philippines. History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
    Burnside 28k CS Burnside at Ketchikan, Alaska, 1911. Courtesy of University of Washington Library
    Burnside 81k CS Burnside in Wright Sound, Alaska.
    US National Archives photo
    US National Archives
    Burnside 197k CS Burnside at the Orient Dock, Seattle circa 1912. Courtesy University of Washington Libraries

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