THE GRAND HAVEN NEWS 16TH MAY 1860 P1
THE NEW GALWAY STEAMERS – STILL MORE RAPID COMMUNICATION WITH EUROPE
The steamship Connaught, the first of the four new Galway steamers to be called after the four provinces of Ireland, was to have been launched yesterday, and will probably be soon on her way to this continent. The company has entered into a contract with the government binding themselves to convey mails and telegraphic dispatches to and fro between Galway and St. Johns respectively, in six days by the steamers of this line.
This is certainly a bold stipulation. It is quite an American idea, and if carried out will bring the two continents into closer communication than they ever were before. The distance between the two ports is about 1,650 miles, and if it is made in 144 hours, these vessels must run at a uniform speed in all weathers of nearly twelve miles an house. it is said, however, that they will be able to run twenty miles an hour if required.
If they fulfill the terms of the contract, nothing can beat this rapidity of communication except Wise’s balloon or the Atlantic telegraph.
(N.Y. Herald, May 23)