The 6,327 tons steamship ‘Norwegian’ was built in 1913 for the Leyland Line. On 13th March 1917, whilst returning from the United States, she was sunk four miles South West of Seven Heads, County Cork, Ireland, either by being torpedoed by a German submarine, or by striking a mine that had been laid by German submarines. Five people were killed. The mail was salvaged, and on arrival in England received a black straight line cachet ‘DAMAGED BY SEA WATER’. This picture post card with the stamps washed off was posted in Japan. An uncommon origination for mail from this incident.