- Also known as
Captain Owen Thomnas
primary name: Owen, Thomas
- individual; British; Male
- Other dates
- 1786-1788 (fl. c.)
- Trade card in Banks Collection (D,2.2925) advertises "Mail Packet. Milford Haven Packets To Waterford. From Milford Haven every Evening except Tuesday And From Waterford every Day about Noon, except Thursday. Five government Packets are employed on this Station.
The Publick [sic] are hereby respectfully informed that the above described Packet-Conveyance (which the great and increasing intercourse between the southern provinces of Ireland, and the metropolis and all the south and south-west parts of England, have long required) is rendered complete by his Magesty's Comptroller-General of the Post-Office having established a mail coach from London, through Bath, Bristol, and the delightful country of South Wales, to the town of Hubberston on Milford Haven.
The Inns are replete with accommodations; the Turnpike Roads all the way are put in thorough repair, and measures are taken for keeping them so.
The Packets are strong well-built vessels, afford every accommodation to passengers, and are fitted up for the reception of horses and carriages, and are navigated by picked men, under the command of experienced and obliging masters.
The passage, which is short and easy, has the advantage of five light-houses, at convenient distances, to direct the vessels in unfavourable weather. And the harbours of Milford and Waterford are so open and extensive, and have so great a depth of water, that ships, even of large burthen, may safely sail in and out at every hour of the tide: a convenience which gives to this communication a superiority of dispatch and safety, which has already been productive of the most beneficial consequences.
Letters, post paid, directed to the agent, Capt. Thomas Owen, at Milford Haven, or at Waterford, will be duly attended to. M,DCC.LXXX.VIII."