The Royal William sailed for England from Pictou, to prove a steamship could make the transatlantic crossing. Considered the fastest ship of its day, it was commissioned by brewer John Molson and a group of investors (including Samuel Cunard from Halifax) and launched from Quebec in 1831. (Painting: The SS Royal William, 1834. Samuel Cunard: Nova Scotia’s Master of the
North Atlantic
, John Boileau).