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Cunard Ships Install Royal Red Mailboxes

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Old August 11th, 2006, 03:24 PM posted to rec.travel.cruises
John Sisker
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Default Cunard Ships Install Royal Red Mailboxes

To Whom It May Concern:

We came across this information in the trades and thought it would be of
interest to this newsgroup as well.

Happy sailing,
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Cunard Line has installed traditional bright red Royal Mail postboxes on the
Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2. Passengers can post their mail in the
boxes, which also serve as a reminder that Cunard was the first provider of
transatlantic mail service between England and America. The postboxes recall
Samuel Cunard's successful bid on the rights to the first transatlantic mail
shipping contract. Winning the bid entitled his company, the British and
North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company (later known as Cunard Line),
to use RMS, or Royal Mail Ship, as a prefix to the ships' names. On the
Queen Mary 2, the newly installed postbox is located outside the Golden Lion
Pub. Stamps, including an exclusive QM2 stamp available only onboard, can be
purchased at the Pursers Desk. The ship's cancellation mark appears on mail
dropped into the Royal Mail postbox. On the Queen Elizabeth 2, the Royal
Mail postbox is located just outside the library on Quarter Deck. For more
information, call 800-7-CUNARD or visit www.cunard.com.


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