PS 'Britannia', 1840.
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Model (scale 1:48). She was built for the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Co, which became the Cunard Steamship Co Ltd. Her three sister-ships, the 'Acadia', the 'Caledonia', and the 'Columbia' were also built on the Clyde at the same time. These four ships established a monthly transatlantic mail service from Liverpool to Halifax and Boston. There was accomodation for 115 passengers. Charles Dickens crossed on the 'Britannia' in 1842, which he recorded in his 'American Notes'.