1913-Transporting mail between Canada and Great Britain
May. 7, 2013
In April 1913, the House of Commons decided to amend the contract for mail delivery between Canada and Great Britain. Previously, mail had been transported aboard the Empress of Ireland
and her sister ship, the Empress of Britain
, as well as by two Allan Line ships. From now on, twelve ships belonging to four different companies will provide the service. Canadian Pacific and the two Empresses will retain their contract, but the greater number of ships will result in more frequent service — three times a week in the summer and twice a week in the winter — whereas before, mail arrived only once a week. The shipping companies will share the $1 million contract. Mail will still be transferred from sea to land at Rimouski.