Shipwreck - 1900 'Mexican'

Ref: K4221
  • £490.00

1900 MEXICAN. At 2 a.m on the 5th April 1900, the Union Castle liner “Mexican”, which had left Cape Town the previous day bound for Southampton, was sunk after a colliding with the British” Transport “Winkfield” during a thick fog, eighty miles from port. An official Post Office notice issued in Cape Town stated that all the mail was saved except one bag of registered letters bound for London, one of ‘English letters with general addresses’ and one hundred and forty five bags of newspapers. Salvaged mail from this shipwreck received either a red two line hand stamp in English, or a black four line hand stamp in German. This post card (Raadzaal Bloemfontein) was posted at Bloemfontein MR 26 00 and has a superb strike of the scarce four line German cachet. Mail emanating from the Free State is rare.