Friday, August 5, 2022

1914 WWI censored cover to SWEDEN. Which missed the ship!


Saw one interesting cover in one of the blogs , thought of sharing here the same...

Roo 2½d on 1914 WWI censored cover to SWEDEN. Which missed the ship!

Clean and fresh and attractive – especially for well over 100 years old.

Marked as Per ‘R.M.S. Mongolia’, and neat typed address to a Timber merchant, in small town Sundsvall in central Sweden.

Stamp is in SUPERB condition or wartime travel of 10,000 miles, – clean and well centred, with clear Sydney machine cancel of December 1, 1914.

‘OPENED BY CENSOR’ tape and a handwritten note on reverse, ‘retuned from Censor too late for dispatch’ with Sydney Ship Room cds on back of 2 DEC -14.

Commercial Mail from here to anywhere except UK and USA and NZ (or Switzerland for the huge amount of Red Cross mail) in WWI is scarce. To SWEDEN .. nearly unheard of.


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Thursday, July 28, 2022

National Maritime Day in India



National Maritime Day 2022: This year, National Maritime Day is celebrated for the 59th time in India. The day is observed on April 5 to spread awareness about international trade and the economy.

What is the theme for the National Maritime Day 2022?
'New technologies for greener shipping' is the World Maritime theme for 2022, reflecting the need to support a green transition of the maritime sector into a sustainable future, while leaving no one behind.

Why April 5?

In 1919, it was on this day the first Indian commercial vessel had set sail from Mumbai to London — SS Loyalty, of Scindia Steam Navigation Company Ltd. This was also the first ever largest large scale shipping company which was entirely owned by Indians. And once the ship sailed, it was a historic moment for Indian Shipping as at that time the sea routes were under the control of the British.

April 5, 1964, was identified to spread awareness about intercontinental commerce and economy globally. This day is dedicated to the importance of maritime trade in India, as it holds a very strategic location. According to the data of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, the country’s maritime trade is almost 95 percent and 70 percent by value.

The stamp pasted on the cover is the first Stamp on Indian Navy it was issued on 5th April 1965 to commemorate the National Maritime Day in the denomination of 0.15np. The stamp features the Freighter Jalausha and the port of Vishakapatnam.

Friday, May 27, 2022

The Queen Mary sailed on her maiden voyage 27 May 1936

ON THIS DAY: 27th May 1936 

The Queen Mary sailed on her maiden voyage and won the Blue Riband that August; she lost the title to SS Normandie in 1937 and recaptured it in 1938, holding it until 1952, when it was taken by the new SS United States. With the outbreak of World War II, she was converted into a troopship and ferried Allied soldiers during the conflict. The 80,000 + tonne British Liner sailed primarily on the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard-White Star Line and was built by John Brown & Company in Clydebank, Scotland. She left Southampton for the last time on 31 October 1967 and sailed to the port of Long Beach, California, United States, where she was permanently moored until the present day.


Thursday, May 26, 2022

The Regina Maris cruise ship


The Regina Maris is a former cruise ship of the Lübeck -based shipping company Lübeck Linie , which entered service in 1966. The ship was sold in 1976, but was rebuilt from 1980 to 1982 under the old name for the Peter Deilmann shipping company . The Regina Maris was the first cruise ship built in Germany after 1939 .
In 1985 the ship was converted into a mega yacht and has been sailing as the Alexander ever since

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Special cover and cancellation on “Tin Can Mail Experiment” - GOAPEX 2021.


A Special cover with Special cancellation on “Tin Can Mail Experiment”. GOAPEX 2021.

The following was released on occasion.

 1. Permanent Pictorial Cancellation on Fort Aguada,

2. A Special Ferry carried cover with Special cancellation.

3. Presentation pack & Postcards on Butterfly & Moth Diversity of Goa with Special cancellation,

4. A Special cover with Special cancellation on “Tin Can Mail Experiment”.

In the early part of the 20th century, philatelists began seeking out postal cancellations from Niuafo'ou, a volcanic Tongan island. Since Niuafo'ou lacked a deep water harbor to accommodate ships, postal deliveries were received via the so-called "Tin Can Mail" system of having mail thrown overboard in biscuit tins and retrieved by local swimmers. To swim mail out, Tongans adopted the traditional fishing technique of using a buoyancy pole, called a fau, to swim out with a biscuit or kerosene tin to visiting ships. Using the pole for support the swim could take several hours. 

Goa Philatelic and numismatic society, Goa being the proponent.  Tin Can Mail Experiment was carried out with the assistance of the River Navigation Department of Goa.