The Shore-end was laid in September 1985
This is the Cable Ship Director General Bast working at Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs, Kent
The jointing process was slow and complex with this first cable. The fibres had to be stripped, cleaned and cleaved manually. Aligning the fibres in the splicing machine was also a delicate manual operation.
The fibres were wrapped around the assembly and the splices
placed into slots in the centre of the joint.