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Comment 18 by CEVA34

Alan4, you didn't get what I meant. I didn't mean the time the voyage took doesn't matter for our research. I meant it wouldn't matter to the traders, as long as there was a continuous succession of ships.

I see your point, but they would have to keep ships logs, tax (customs) records, insurance details etc, which would, if preserved, give details of the available ships to carry the mail, and the number of stops each made at ports along the way. All this should clarify the dates and times the letter was in transit, especially if the voyages were infrequent or seasonal.

Sun, 11 Mar 2012 14:08:44 UTC | #926158