Preparing to grapple (the broken cable). Artist: Robert Dudley. Drawn and lithographed by Dudley, with assistance from Day's technicians. Chromolithograph. 10 ½ x 16 ½ inches. An illustration for W. H. Russell's The Atlantic Telegraph (London: Day, 1866), p.77.

A vigorous design which shows the sailors preparing to grapple the broken cable from the depths. Dudley's combination of diagonals, outstretched arms and pointing hands suggests the pent-up energy and excitement of the moment.

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