Royal Mail Ship
History[change | change source]
The designation "RMS" has been used since 1840.
In 1850 contracts were awarded to private companies. Having the title "RMS" was seen as a mark of quality and a competitive advantage, because the mail had to be on time.
List of RMS ships[change | change source]
- HMHS Britannic
- RMS Carpathia
- RMS Laconia
- RMS Lusitania
- RMS Queen Elizabeth
- RMSQueen Elizabeth 2
- RMS Queen Mary
- RMS Queen Mary 2
References[change | change source]
- Woodman, Richard. (2002). The History of the Ship: The Comprehensive Story of Seafaring from the earliest times to the present day, p. 139.
- The Admiralty took over the service from the General Post Office in 1823.
- The first citation in the Times is from 18 August 1840