Royal Mail Ship
prefix for ships that carry mail under contract by the British Royal Mail
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
- Woodman, Richard. (2002). The History of the Ship: The Comprehensive Story of Seafaring from the earliest times to the present day, p. 139[permanent dead link].
- The Admiralty took over the service from the General Post Office in 1823.
- The first citation in the Times is from 18 August 1840