STORIES FROM OUR HISTORY
Indian Mail Route
the opening of the Suez Canal, Brindisi was chosen by
the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company
as the terminus port for the ship of the biggest european
navigation company of the last century.
From 1871 to 1914 the Indian Mail Route had a stop in
Brindisi and became exclusively a rail-maritime line:
from London to Brindisi passengers and cargoes travelled
by train, then ships sailed from Brindisi every Sunday
at 2 p.m. to Port Said, Bombay and Calcutta.
To satisfy the needs of the travelers,
"Hotel of East Indies" (today Hotel Internazionale)
was inaugurated in 1870, that was one of the most renown
hotel in the Mediterranean.
In the 1914 the stop-off in Brindisi was changed to
Marsilia (France), not exposed to danger of war as Brindisi.
The image show the route from
London to Brindisi by train, using the luxurious Peninsular
Express; It took 44 hours to get to Brindisi
The image shows the arrival of
the Indian Mail Route to the port in 1875
» Rosario Mascia,
La Valigia delle Indie, Londra - Brindisi
- Bombay, Brindisi. 1985