Throughout the early 1800s, thousands of immigrants arrived in what was to become Canada, seeking a new beginning. As they built their new lives in a new land, many sought to maintain a link and communicate news with friends and relatives overseas, leading to the creation of transatlantic steamship mail service. Not one, but two shipping moguls were able to fulfill this most essential service.
The "Cunard Line," run by Sir Samuel Cunard, began to deliver the mail from Liverpool to Halifax in 1840. Similarly, the "Allan Line," run by Sir Hugh Allan, began to ship mail from Liverpool to Quebec City in 1856. On May 28th, Canada Post will pay tribute to these men for their mail delivery innovation by issuing two commemorative 49c stamps.