Cable length


Cable length

A cable length or cable's length is a nautical unit of measure equal to one tenth of a nautical mile or 100 fathoms, or sometimes 120 fathoms. The unit is named after the length of a ship's anchor cable in the age of sail. The definition varies:

* International: 1/10 nautical mile, or 185.2 m
* Imperial (British Admiralty): 1/10 Admiralty nautical mile (608 feet, or 185.3184 m), or 100 fathoms (600 feet, or 182.88 m)
* HistoricalFact|date=September 2007 US Navy: 120 fathoms (720 feet), or 219.456 m

References

* [http://www.royal-navy.mod.uk/server/show/nav.3807 Cable : Navy Slang : RN Life : Training and People : Royal Navy.]

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