GB 1899 Cover Labrador wreckage mail
Stock Code: P201008257
1899 Maritime wreckage mail. Water damaged envelope sent from St Johns, Canada to London bearing a 2c carmine. Originally onboard R.M.S. Labrador, The Labrador’s voyage from St John’s to Liverpool was unremarkable but as the ship reached the eastern Atlantic, the weather closed in and, unable to take the sun for the next three days the Captain had to navigate as best he could by dead reckoning. During the night of the 1st of March and the early hours of the following morning he imagined himself to be somewhere off the north of Ireland, but he was in fact some sixty miles off course to the north and heading straight for Skerryvore. There can be few remoter places in the British Isles to be shipwrecked than at Mackenzie’s Rock near Skerryvore. It lies nearly fifteen miles from the nearest landfall at Hynish on Tiree and some sixty miles into the Atlantic from the Scottish mainland. Bearing violet boxed "DAMAGED BY IMMERSION / IN SEA WATER" handstamps on both sides, with a Glasgow transit and London arrival backstamp. Repaired with two differing Glasgow Post Office Officially Sealed "V.R." labels. Spectacular.
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