On September 8, 2008 Hibernia will pay homage to its founding forefather, Undersea Cable Pioneer, Cyrus West Field by Hosting an Honorary Black Tie affair dubbed the "TransAtlantic 150". This anniversary event will be held at the world renowned New York Historical Society Library. Hibernia hopes to bring more awareness to what their business is founded upon as well as reflect on just how far the industry has come in the last 150 years.
In 1854 Mr. Field developed the first undersea cable and in 1858 he arranged for Queen Victoria to send the first transatlantic message to the President of the Unites States, James Buchanan. As the very first cable connecting Great Britain to the United States, Queen Victoria expressed her congratulatory sentiments and said "the electric cable which now connects Great Britain with the Unites States will prove an additional link between the nations". Mr. Buchanan was so pleased with the Queen's reply and what it meant that he called for a 100 gun salute in Central Park the morning after the message was received.
The original TransAtlantic route from Valentia, Ireland to Trinity Bay, Newfoundland 150 years ago closely follows that of Hibernia Atlantic's undersea route today from Dublin, Ireland to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Please note that this celebration is an invite-only event for honored guests and dignitaries.