Portcities Southampton
UK * Bristol * Hartlepool * Liverpool * London * Southampton
*
You are here: PortCities Southampton > Life of a Port > Trade - lifeblood of a port > Passengers And Mail > Communications
* Text only * About this site * Site Map * Feedback
*
*
*
Explore this site
Start Here
About Us
Partners And Collections
Timeline
Get Interactive!
Help
Galleries
Image galleries
Biographies
Southampton
The Docks
River Itchen
Southampton at war
Flying Boats
Titanic
Finding Out More
Southampton speaks
Street Directories
Historic Buildings Survey
Registers and Records
Lloyd's Register
Official Sources
Other Records
Finding Out More
Wrecks and Accidents
Why accidents happen
Investigations
Improving Safety at Sea
Finding Out More
Wreck Reports
Life of a Port
How a port comes to life
At work in a port
Ports at play
Trade - lifeblood of a port
Finding Out More
On the Line
Company growth and development
Shipping lines
Transatlantic travel
Preparing a liner
Finding Out More
Sea People
Life at sea
Jobs at sea
Travelling by sea
Starting a new life by sea
Women and the sea
Finding Out More
Diversity of Ships
The variety of ships
What drives the ship?
Ships of ancient times
Ships in the age of sail
Ships of the steam age
Ships of today

Passengers And Mail


Communications

For both passengers and mail, good communications were vital, Fast trains needed to connect the port to major centres of population. Ideally, stations needed to be as close as possible to where the ship berthed. Staff needed to be skilled at dealing with passengers` needs and complaints. There needed to be enough porters to ensure that luggage could be carried on or off board. Others needed to do their bit, for instance those who supplied foodstuffs, or worked in laundries. The local town also needed to offer facilities. For instance, passengers might need accommodation in the port before or after their voyage. Its facilities meant that Southampton successfully beat off competition from ports better placed geographically. For instance, ships crossing the Atlantic could have landed passenger ships and mail sooner if they called at Milford Haven in South Wales, from where trains sped up to London. However, by offering better services and facilities, Southampton retained its trade until passenger and mails moved from using ships to planes. Today, mail usually flies and the only ships carrying passengers are cruise liners and ferries. The same rules still apply: the ports that are well placed geographically, and can physically handle the passengers get the business.
*
Search

Advanced Search
*
*
*
Southampton City Council New Opportunities Fund Lloyd's Register London Metropolitan Archives National Maritime Museum World Ship Society  
Legal & Copyright * Partner sites: Bristol * Hartlepool * Liverpool * London * Southampton * Text only * About this site * Feedback