HMS Agamemnon, launched in 1852, was the first British battleship to be designed and built from the keel up with installed steam power
The story of the whale is told in W.H. Russell's 1865 book The Atlantic Telegraph, illustrated by Robert Dudley
6. The Agamemnon carried on, but almost hit a whale.
James Buchanan (1791-1868) was President of the USA at this time
Admiral Preedy's home in Little Knowle, Budleigh Salterton, formerly a hotel and care home, now restored as a private residence
Admiral George William Preedy CB (1817-94) captained HMS Agamemnon which laid the first successful transatlantic telegraph cable in 1858. He retired to Budleigh Salterton, living at Park House in Little Knowle. The commemorative stained glass window is in All Saints Church, East Budleigh. The history of the cable laying is at http://atlantic-cable.com/ and I am indebted to Bill Burns who put together his fascinating website.