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Jebba - 1907

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1985/02/30

The SS Jebba belonged to the African Steam Ship Company and was returning from West Africa with a cargo of ebony, palm oil and the mail. She ran aground on Bolt Tail , west of Salcombe, South Devon in fog on 18 March 1907. The passengers were taken off by rocket apparatus and the mails were salvaged later. The ship became a total loss. A number of different two-line cachets were applied reading SALVED FROM / SS JEBBA. One type was printed sans serif and others had different spacing and sizes of typefaces. Different examples of these can be seen by clicking the image for more.  A rubber based typeface of loose letters was employed by the Post Office on the salvaged mail.