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Use of steamships to carry transatlantic mail (November 1839)

This letter from Baltimore to London was carried by Brunel’s Great Western steamer, the first steamship to make regular crossings of the Atlantic Ocean. Printed on the letter is the Bristol ship letter arrival mark and 2 shilling 10 pence to pay. In 1847, the Great Western was sold to the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company and used on the West Indies run.

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