Royal Mail Ship

Dave Gittins

Dave Gittins

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Titanic and Olympic were both labelled Royal Mail Steamers right from the start, as can be seen on signs in front of them in the H & W yard. There was nothing formal about the name. The shipping lines liked to use it because it suggested speed and reliability. There are also plenty of references to SS Titanic, such as the name of the British inquiry.
 
Cam Houseman

Cam Houseman

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Oh,
Titanic and Olympic were both labelled Royal Mail Steamers right from the start, as can be seen on signs in front of them in the H & W yard. There was nothing formal about the name. The shipping lines liked to use it because it suggested speed and reliability. There are also plenty of references to SS Titanic, such as the name of the British inquiry.
oops, Sorry Clifford.
 
Tim Gerard

Tim Gerard

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Apparently there's still 3 ships in service today with the designation "RMS" (as according to Wikipedia). The RMS Segwun, built in 1887 is the only one of the three that's actually powered by steam. Today it does short sightseeing and lunch and sunset dinner cruises in the Muskoka Lakes in Ontario, Canada.

The Scillonian III is officially designated Royal Mail Vessel but has the Royal Mail Ship status, bringing mail and passengers back and forth between Cornwall, England and the Isles of Scilly.

The 2004 ocean liner Queen Mary II was given the status of Royal Mail Ship as a gesture to Cunard's history but doesn't actually carry any royal mail.

I thought it was interesting to look up.
 
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