• My familiarity with the successful use of very long steel ropes for mining purposes naturally suggested their adaptation to the new purpose of deep sea work.

    Alexander Agassiz (1888). “A Contribution to American Thalassography: Three Cruises of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey Steameer "Blake", in the Gulf of Mexico, in the Caribbean Sea, and Along the Atlantic Coast of the United States, from 1877 to 1880”