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ACCIDENT en MER COURRIER INONDE 1921

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2001-06-67

This cachet, in two lines in blue, is struck on a letter posted at Adana, Syria, on 31st March, 1921 addressed to Liverpool. Some of the stamps have floated off, but there is still one O.M.F. Cilicie 20 PARAS. on the 10c. sower type which remains in its place and is tied by the Adana postmark. Miss Penn-Gaskell also had this and Monsieur Tournier describes it together with another cachet in black,

ACCIDENT EN MER

CORRESPONDANCE INONDEE

which apparently concerns the same casualty. 2001-06-067a This black strike can be seen here on a letter from Tripoli to Paris, and has also been found on one from Madras, India 31 March 1921 addressed to Marseilles.

Monsieur Tournier suggests that the type struck in black was put on at Lyons and that in blue at Paris. He makes this deduction from the fact that the letters he has seen bearing these two types of cachet are addressed to Lyons and Paris respectively, and the fact that this letter with the blue cachet is addressed to Liverpool would not necessarily upset this theory. Similarly, the blue strike on a dead letter returned from Bombay 25 FEB 21, to the sender in Marseilles may also have been put on in Paris.

Monsieur Tournier has found another cachet, which is probably attributable to the same casualty, in three lines in violet which reads

"Correspondances reçues de 

Genève dans un sac étiqueté

Correspondances naufragées".

 

 

This is on a duplicated label tied to a cover by the Paris sorting postmark of 2.5.21. This letter originated in Bombay but the stamps have become detached and the date marks are illegible. It is possible that the mails from Syria were picked up by a French steamer at Port Said.

A cover with a British marking which appears to link up with this casualty had its origin in German East Africa, now known as Tanganyika. This is an envelope addressed to Brecon, South Wales. It is franked with a 10 cents orange adhesive of Kenya and Uganda overprinted G.E.A. This is cancelled with the date stamp of ARU 12 III 21. There is a framed cachet in black 68 X 17 mm. overall.

DAMAGED BY IMMERSION

I N SEA WATER I.S.

This is struck partly over the adhesive, and ties it to the cover. The letters I.S. signify Inland Section.

 

Hoggarth & Gwynn concluded that this mail and much more was damaged on board the P&O vessel SS Kalyan during a gale in the Mediterranean and that it was unloaded at Marseilles on 18 April 1921, where both the French cachets would have been applied.