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A Word to the Mermaids, 1865
24" x 18"

A Word to the Mermaids Neptune exclaims Ahoooooy There Get Off OThat Ere Cable Cant Yer Thats the Way TOther one was Wrecked Neptune hollering at a clutch of mermaids who seem to enjoy using the precious cable as a plaything In the first transatlantic cable had been laid in a joint effort by America and Britain Unfortunately the cable had failed after some three weeks Now after the end of the American Civil War another effort was made by the steamer Great Eastern It was accompanied by the Sphinx and the Terrible but again problems were encountered and Great Eastern had to return to Valentia on the west coast of Ireland From Punch or the London Charivari August