S S MEXICAN. 1900 envelope to England that was on the S S Mexican, a Union Castle Steamship that sailed from Cape Town on the morning of April 4 1900. She collided with the British Boer War troopship S S Winkfield at 2.00 a.m. on the morning of April 5 in dense fog about 80 miles from Cape Town. Various cachets were applied to salvaged mail. This cover with a Field Post Office MR 28 cancel entered the post at Kimberley (MR 30) It has the red two line cachet
RECOVERED FROM / WRECK OF MEXICAN in English. On the back is a ‘FOUND OPEN AND OFFICIALLY CLOSED IN G.P.O.’ label with a Cape Town datestamp of AP 7 00, which disproves the theory by Hoggarth & Gwynn that all the mail was transferred to the Tantallon Castle at the scene of the accident. A most interesting cover.