MacKay an American financier who made his fortune from silver mines used telegrams extensively in his business. Bennett a newspaper man and owner of the New York Herald wanted to circulate his papers throughout Europe. So in 1883 MacKay joined forces with Bennett in founding the Commercial Cable Company.
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“The two world’s meet here, join hands and are one. Like the waves of the ocean the thoughts of the world are never at rest.”
The Morning Herald describes the Hazel Hill Cable Station
The Commercial Cable Station at Hazel Hill, the "Canso Station" (CS), was an impressive operation on the world communications stage. In its heyday, Commercial Cable transmitted over 3,000 messages every day with a guarantee that messages between New York and London would be delivered within one minute.
It has been almost 50 years since the closure of the Hazel Hill Cable Station. The grand building that was once the cornerstone of communications history lies in wait….time has been harsh on its structure.
The conservation and renovation of this architecturally unique building and the Trans-Atlantic cable history that it housed requires immediate attention or it will be lost forever. The Commercial Cable Rehabilitation Society’s mission is “to develop the Commercial Cable site at Hazel Hill as a modern centre of historic interpretation, marine knowledge, learning and community growth, in keeping with the significance of Commercial Cable’s role in the dissemination of world knowledge in its heyday”. We invite you to help make our mission possible!