Packet Trade

Packet trade generally refers to any regularly scheduled cargo, passenger and mail trade conducted by ship. The ships are called "packet boats" as their original function was to carry mail.

A "packet ship" was originally a vessel employed to carry post office mail packets to and from British embassies, colonies and outposts. In sea transport, a packet service is a regular, scheduled service, carrying freight and passengers. The ships used for this service are called packet ships or packet boats. The seamen are called packetmen, and the business is called packet trade.

"Packet" can mean a small parcel but, originally meant a parcel of important correspondence or valuable items, for urgent delivery. The French-language term "paquebot" derives from the English term "packet boat," but means a large ocean liner.

This sense became extended to mean any regularly scheduled ship, carrying passengers, as in packet trade. The word "packet" is frequently modified by the destination, e.g. Sydney packet, or by motive force, e.g. "steam packet".

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Packet Trade - Australia
... Land (in 1812) was named the Henrietta Packet by virtue of the fact that she offered a regular passenger service between Hobart, Tasmania and Sydney, New South Wales ... From the 1830s the term "steam packet" was commonly applied to early steam ship services that, at least in theory, offered a regular and reliable service, and is perpetuated today by many ... Britain and Australia were also often referred to as packets ...
Glossary Of Nautical Terms - P
... Packet, Packet boat, or packet ship 1 ... Originally, a a vessel employed to carry post office mail packets to and from British embassies, colonies and outposts ... Later, any regularly scheduled ship, carrying passengers, as in packet trade ...
Packet (sea Transport)
... Packet trade generally refers to any regularly scheduled cargo, passenger and mail trade conducted by ship ... The ships are called "packet boats" as their original function was to carry mail ... A "packet ship" was originally a vessel employed to carry post office mail packets to and from British embassies, colonies and outposts ...

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