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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 08/18/2018 10:21:21 EDT
Subject: Date Lag on Telgrh Msgs

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Larry, A couple of possibilities present themselves when it comes to telegraphic communications by wire.

1. Not all vessels at rest or riding on their cables had submarine cables laid out to their mooring buoys.

2. There could well have been any number of unexpected delays occurring between the time when a message was written out and when it actually arrived at the receiving operator's station. Many operations were fluid. Ships and armies were ofttimes on the move. Catching up with them was sometime a chase. Wire cutters make short work of message flow and other priorities such as engagements causing message traffic backup would occur.

Hope that helps.

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