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A Large Sailor's Woolwork of H.B.M. Packet. Crane with the date of 1849 and the name of The Ship.


A Large Sailor's Woolwork of H.B.M. Packet Crane,

with a date of 1849 and the Initials of the maker.

The prefix HBM stands for His Britannic Majesty's (Ship)

Dimensions: sight: 25 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches

Reference: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Packet_ship)

A packet ship was, originally, a vessel employed to carry Post Office mail packets to and from British embassies, colonies and outposts. The captains were generally also able to carry bullion, private goods, and passengers. The ships were usually lightly-armed and relied on speed for their security.

The Admiralty took over control of the packet ships from 1823 and replaced older vessels with naval ships made redundant by the peace that had followed the end of the Napoleonic wars. Steam vessels started to replace sail in 1830, and this enabled a more regular and predictable service to be operated. After 1840, moves were made to contract out the services to new private companies.

HMS Crane (1839) was a packet brig that was sold in 1862.


West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser - Friday, 23rd February, 1844.


Tuesday, 20. - Arrived,

H.M. packet "Crane," Lieut. LEWIS, from Plymouth, to take the Brazil mails

of the 8th of March next.