At its inaugural meeting in Calgary, Alberta in 1985 the members of the BNAPS Transatlantic Mail Study Group decided that its principal objective would be the collation of the large amount of existing information relevant to the study of the mails crossing the North Atlantic, but not readily available in other publications, and the setting up of research projects to dig out missing information. The resulting material would be published in a handbook.
The decade from 1835 to 1845 saw many changes related to transatlantic letters, ranging from the discontinuance of ferriage in Upper Canada to the adoption of ‘closed mails’ through Boston to speed the movement of letters to and from the Canadas; from the longer and unpredictable transit times of the sailing packets to the faster and regular runs of the Cunard steamers; and from the high postage rates based on distance to a uniform postage with only a minimal B.N.A. inland postage of 2d Sterling or 2½d Currency, if carried by a Cunard steamer. This theme was developed in Jack Arnell’s exhibit at BNAPEX 1990 in Galveston, Texas which, with a few additional album pages, is reproduced here in “The Transitional Decade from Sail to Steam on the North Atlantic” (Handbook Number 3).
112 pages, 8.5″x11″, stapled