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Ignorant Amos's Avatar Jump to comment 17 by Ignorant Amos

Comment 14 by Alan4discussion

Actually it does. If the voyage took - X months from the date on the letter, that would be specific evidence.

Also, the type of ship, the route it took and the number of stops on the way, would have been very important to the time taken. While down in the Falklands, some of my later post from home was received before some that was posted earlier.

It took almost 2 weeks going down on a cruise liner and almost 3 weeks coming back on an L.S,L., making just one set into a port could've meant a day lost on the journey from Malay to Great Britain.

At the time of Wallace's mail, steam ships were in their infancy, so the mail would've been by sailing ships with a high regard for weather conditions along the route with all the pitfalls in sailing boats.

Sat, 10 Mar 2012 14:56:05 UTC | #925884