National Geographic : 1936 Mar
Photograph by Gabriel Moulin EACH OF THESE GIGANTIC CABLES, WHICH WILL CARRY A ROADWAY ACROSS GOLDEN GATE, WEIGHS MORE THAN AHEAVY CRUISER A cable is spun from 27,572 wires compressed together in a unit (see page 394). If the wires could be strungout end on end, they would circle the globe atthe Equator more than three times. To gain an idea of the tremendous strength of the cables, one should imagine themas capable of supporting aload about equal tothat of the three super liners, Queen Mary, Normandie, and Rex. If the huge ships were hung from the cables, stern to bow, like lifeboats swung inthe davits, there would still be a quarter of a mile gap.