Halifax Shipping News

Cunard Steamships
America    and    Europa

The British Colonist
10th March 1849

America westbound, arriving from England with the news carried on the second run of the Nova Scotia Pony Express, and Europa eastbound from New York, having, on the previous westbound trip, conveyed the news carried on the first run of the Nova Scotia Pony Express.

Cunard steamship America, North Atlantic service, 1849

Cunard steamship Europa, North Atlantic service, 1849

Shipping News
The British Colonist
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Saturday, March 10th, 1849

These items read:
Latest from Europe
    The Royal Mail Steamer America, Captain
Shannon, arrived on Thursday morning at half
past two o'clock, bringing London and Liver-
pool dates to the 24th ult. The news is not of
an exciting character; but, as regards the com-
mercial prosperity of England, highly satisfac-
tory. From our latest files we make such ex-
tracts as time and space permit.

    The Steamship Europa arrived at 2 o'-
clock this morning, on her way to Liverpool,
with 82 passengers. Papers were furnished us
by the Exchange News Room, but there is no
news of interest; no change in the Flour mar-
ket since accounts by Telegraph.

Explanatory Notes

Latest from Europe
    The Royal Mail Steamer America, Captain
Shannon, arrived on Thursday morning at half
past two o'clock, bringing London and Liver-
pool dates to the 24th ult...

America arrived in Halifax at 2:30am on Thursday, March 8th, 1849. She had brought newspapers from London and Liverpool, the latest of which which had been published as recently as February 24th. When it arrived at Halifax, this news was twelve days old at best, and some was considerably older. On Thursday, March 8th, this was the latest news available in Halifax of what had happened recently in Europe. Available in Halifax, but not yet available in Boston or New York. Immediately on arrival, a specially-prepared and sealed packet of Associated Press news had been taken from the ship and given to the Associated Press express rider, to be galloped from Halifax to Victoria Beach, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, where a chartered steamship was waiting with steam up to carry it to Saint John, New Brunswick, where it was immediately transmitted over the new electric telegraph line connecting Saint John with Boston and New York. It was then set in type by special relays of typesetters at each subscribing newspaper, run through the presses, and was distributed on the streets of New York early Friday morning, March 9th, which was about 36 hours faster than waiting for America to bring it. The news carried by the pony express and the electric telegraph was a fairly short summary only, and the complete report of the latest news from Europe reached the United States only when America got to her destination (which, under Cunard's contract, may have been either Boston or New York).

...From our latest files we make such ex-
tracts as time and space permit.

From the European newspapers, the editor of the British Colonist would reprint recent European news items for his Halifax readers, depending on how much space was available in each issue. Other newspapers, such as The Yarmouth Herald, would do the same when this news reached them. An important or interesting news item might be reprinted several times, as news from England was reprinted in Halifax newspapers, again reprinted after the Halifax newspapers arrived at more remote places, and perhaps reprinted again.

...Papers were furnished us
by the Exchange News Room...

Newspapers arriving at Halifax by ship were taken to the Exchange News Room, Halifax, and were then distributed by messenger to the local subscribing newspapers. This was done for news coming from either direction, in ships westbound from England or eastbound from the United States and New Brunswick.

Microfilm copies of the British Colonist and many other nineteenth-century Nova Scotia newspapers are available at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia, University Avenue, Halifax.

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