Please Note: The house flag and word mark 'P&O' are Trade Marks of the DP World Company https://www.dpworld.com/
The Times archive, covers the years 1785 to 1985.
I have been reading it since 1970, and have managed to have eleven letters published!
Founded by John Walter of London on 1st January 1785, as The Daily Universal Register, the newspaper began as a tuppenny-ha'penny broadsheet, whose main function was to publicize a system of typography in which Walter was then interested.
It became The Times on 1st January 1788, publishing commercial news and notices, along with some scandal.
The first recorded advertisement for The Peninsular Steam Navigation Company is dated 23rd August 1837..........
It will be noted that the Braganza, as with many early P&O ships, was commanded by a Royal Navy officer.
There was no shortage of experienced senior officers to take command. The Royal Navy had been shrinking in size since the end of the Napoleonic wars and P&O paid well.
A work in progress, commencing with.....
The P&O Fleet ~ From the Don Juan of 1837 to the Stratheden
Extracts from The Times, Tuesday September 7, 1937
The P.& 0. In London ~ Turning Round a Big Ship
Extracts from The Times, Tuesday 7th September 1937.