S.S. LIBERTE. The steamer Liberte sailed for New York on 6 September 1950. At some stage during the crossing water got into the hold carrying mail due to a severe storm. Until this cover came to light, the only known damaged mail were 500 philatelic first flight covers being returned to the US. All this mail received an explanatory label applied in New York on arrival. This cover, that has had the stamp washed off, is a commercial one, sent from Recklinghausen in Germany to Kasota, Minnesota. The label has been stuck on the back of the cover, acting as a seal. It is believed the only non-philatelic cover known from this incident. A very fine cover proving that there was non philatelic mail on the ship.