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Mail Packets of 1859 - Quebec and Liverpool for 1859

Passages Made by the Canadian Steamers for 1859 from the annual report of the Postmaster General in Sessional Papers, 23 Victoria 1860 (6)).
Name of Packet Left Liverpool Arrived at Quebec Passage Left Quebec Arrived at Liverpool Passage
Days Hours Days Hours
North Briton Apr 20 May 2 11 15 May 14 May 25 11 2
Anglo-Saxon Apr 27 May 9 11 16 May 21 June 1 10 11
Nova Scotian May 4 May 16 12 11 May 28 June 8 11 -
North American May 11 May 22 11 7 June 4 June 14 10 3
Hungarian May 18 May 30 12 2 June 11 June 20 9 6
Indian May 25 June 6 12 8 June 18 June 29 10 6
North Briton June 1 June 11 10 8 June 25 July 5 10 6
Anglo-Saxon June 8 June 18 10 5 July 2 July 11 9 5
Nova Scotian June 15 June 27 12 7 July 9 July 19 10 3
North American June 22 July 3 11 6 July 16 July 27 10 14
Hungarian June 29 July 8 9 14 July 23 Aug 1 9 6
Indian July 6 July 18 11 17 July 30 Aug 10 11 4
North Briton July 13 July 24 10 23 Aug 6 Aug 16 10 1
Anglo-Saxon July 20 July 30 10 6 Aug 13 Aug 23 9 6
Nova Scotian July 27 Aug 7 11 7 Aug 20 Aug 30 9 21
North American Aug 3 Aug 13 10 6 Aug 27 Sept 6 10 2
Hungarian Aug 10 Aug 20 10 9 Sept 3 Sept 13 9 18
Indian Aug 17 Aug 29 11 15 Sept 10 Sept 20 9 16
North Briton Aug 24 Sept 5 11 21 Sept 17 Sept 29 11 8
Anglo-Saxon Sept 1 Sept 12 11 5 Sept 24 Oct 4 10 3
Nova Scotian Sept 7 Sept 22 14 6 Oct 1 Oct 12 10 8
North American Sept 14 Sept 25 11 6 Oct 8 Oct 20 10 -
Hungarian Sept 21 Oct 1 10 3 Oct 15 Oct 27 11 18
Indian Sept 28 Oct 10 11 17 Oct 22 Nov 3 11 22
North Briton Oct 5 Oct 16 11 5 Oct 29 Nov 11 13 5
Anglo-Saxon Oct 12 Oct 23 10 11 Nov 5 Nov 15 10 7
Nova-Scotian Oct 19 Oct 29 10 7 Nov 12 Nov 23 10 17
North American Oct 26 Nov 7 10 20 Nov 19 Nov 30 10 18
Hungarian

(First voyage from Portland)

Nov 3 Nov 13 10 18 Nov 26 Dec 6 9 12
[The Indian made a voyage but on Nov 20, 1859 she sunk off Nova Scotia. Captain Smith was master.]
Bohemian Nov 17 Nov 29 13 9 Dec 3 Dec 15 11 12
Anglo-Saxon Nov 23 Dec 7 12 16 Dec 17 Dec 24 10 19
Nova Scotian Nov 30 Dec 15 14 22 Dec 24 Jan 5 11 7
Borth American[sic] Dec 7 Dec 18 10 16 Dec 31 Jan 11 10 6
North Briton Dec 14 Dec 30 15 5 Jan 7 Jan 18 10 9
Average of 34 voyages 11 days 13 hours Westward Eastward10 days 11 hours

The passages made by the Canadian Steamers, as shewn by the above Table, will compare favorably with the performance of any other line crossing the Atlantic; and the benefit resulting to the correspondence of Canada with Europe has been very important.

It has happened frequently, during the past year, that the Mails for Canada brought by the Canadian Steamships sailing from Liverpool on Wednesday, have reached our cities on the same day as the mails which left Liverpool for Canada by the Cunard packet sailing from Liverpool on the previous Saturday-thus gaining four days in the transit from Liverpool to Montreal and Toronto.

That this should be possible, is chiefly owing to the circumstance that the Atlantic voyage upon the Canadian route is several hundred miles shorter than that between Liverpool and New York, or Boston.

The distance from Quebec to Liverpool is 2600 miles.
The distance form Riviere du Loup to Liverpool is 2530 miles.
The distance from Boston to Liverpool is 2849 miles.
The distance from New York to Liverpool is 3020 miles.


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