GB 1918 SG351 Cover maritime wreckage mail, SS Leinster
Stock Code: P201008235
1918 WWI Maritime wreckage mail. Very fine cover sent from Dublin to London bearing three ½d green (SG 351's) tied by a Dublin wavy lined machine cancel for OC.10.1918 bearing a violet boxed "SALVED FROM S.S. (R.M.S.) LEINSTER" handstamp at top left. S.S./R.M.S. Leinster was an Irish ship operated by the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company serving as the Kingstown-Holyhead mailboat until she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine SM UB-123 at 9:10am on 10 October 1918 (less than 8 hours after this was cover was franked) while bound for Holyhead. She went down just outside Dublin Bay at a point 4 nautical miles east of the Kish light. The exact number of dead is unknown but researchers from the National Maritime Museum believe it was at least 564, this would make it the largest single loss of life in the Irish Sea. Just over a week later on her return trip to Germany on 19th October 1918 SM UB-123 struck a mine at the North Sea Mine Barrage, all 36 crew members died in the event. A remarkable wreckage cover.
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