Shipwreck - 'S S Berlin'

Ref: G3655
  • £125.00

“BERLIN” 1907. The Great Eastern Railway Company’s Steamship ‘Berlin’ was at the end of her voyage from Harwich, England, to the Hook of Holland, when at 5 a.m on the 21st of February 1907 in a heavy storm, she stranded on the pierhead at the entrance to the ‘New Waterway’ which forms the entrance to the River Maas from the North Sea. On striking the breakwater she very quickly broke in two, and sank immediately with the loss of one hundred and sixty five lives. The mail was salvaged and all appeared to have been damaged by sea water. There are a number of different types of markings that were applied. This cover from London has a violet two line ‘BESCHADIGD DOOR RAMP / HARWICH BOOT’ cachet, applied in Holland.