Shipwreck -' S S Kingstonian'

Ref: G3660
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S. S. KINGSTONIAN’ 1918. The steamer ‘Kingstonian’ was torpedoed by the German submarine U-68 on 11 April 1918 in the Mediterranean while sailing from Alexandria to Marseilles. Badly damaged she was towed into Sardinia where the mail, about a fortnights correspondence from Egypt and the Palestinian Front, was offloaded. On leaving Sardinia, the ‘Kingstonian’ was again torpedoed, this time by the German submarine U-48, and was sunk. Recovered mails were given either a cachet, label or a manuscript explanatory marking. In total, nineteen different ones have been recorded. This censored cover, with the original letter on ‘British Red Cross and Order of St John’ letter paper has been written to a soldier (his brother) in France. It has a violet three line cachet on the back ‘R. E. Postal Sect. L’don N.W.1 / Damaged by immersion in sea / water through Enemy Action.’