Packet stations

Packet ships ran from the Tudor times to 1823, after which the Admiralty split the management of the services with the Post Office. They were used to carry mail packets to and from British embassies, colonies and outposts. The vessels generally also carried bullion, private goods and passengers making them a prime target for pirate attacks.

The ships departed from ports otherwise known as packet stations. They were: Dover, Harwich, Great Yarmouth, Falmouth, Plymouth, Milford Haven and Holyhead.