The Columbia, a vessel belonging to the Boston and Halifax Royal Mail Steamer Packet Company, left Boston on 1st July, 1843 for England, but ran ashore on Seal Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia, the following afternoon, Sunday 2nd July, 1843 in dense fog but calm weather. The steamer Margaret of the same line went out from Halifax and collected the ship's company and the mails, which she took on to England. She left Halifax on 9th July, 1843 and reached England in 13 days. The mail was datestamped in London on 24th July. Two salvaged covers from this wreck are in the collection. Both are to London; one is from Baltimore Md (2001-06-004a) June 28 and the other from New Orleans (2001-06-004iia) June 18. 

This is one of the cases where there are no wreck markings of any sort but they are proved by the dates of posting and arrival. Very little time was lost in transferring to the relief steamer Margaret and proceeding to England. 

Columbia 1843

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