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The packet boat that was transporting troops to and from Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, and to the Island of St.
It became the hub of an imperial communication network, the government's 'mouthpiece, eyes, and ears' and a source of patronage employing officials, postmasters, sailors and a large fleet of packet boats.
During the early 19th Century, Joseph Shore was buying up Portuguese wine and port and shipping it to England in packet boats.