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Europa 2020 - Ancient Postal Routes - Set Mint - Set

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  • 08.05.2020
About Europa 2020 - Ancient Postal Routes - Set Mint

‘Lady Mary Wood’ 1842 (£1.66 stamp) - P&O’s Lady Mary Wood was a 48.99m long paddle wheel steam powered passenger/cargo liner with a side-lever steam engine of 250hp and a speed of 12 knots. Built by Thomas Wilson & Company of Liverpool; launched in 1841 and registered in 1842. The ship was named after the wife of Sir Charles Wood, the First Viscount Halifax, who was Secretary to the British Admiralty, and, in Palmerston’s second government Secretary of State for India, from 1859-1866. She had a gross tonnage of 556 and 250hp. In 1845, the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company established the first regular monthly mail service, under a new contract with the British government, that required the company to convey mails to China via Ceylon, Penang, Singapore and Hong Kong. The Lady Mary Wood was the first mail steamer dispatched to the Far East, arriving in Singapore on 4th August 1845.

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