Shipwreck - 'S S Norwegian'

Ref: G3653
  • £85.00

“NORWEGIAN” 1917. 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’. There are a number of varieties to this cachet, with the letter ‘E’ in ‘DAMAGED’ ‘SEA’ & ‘WATER’ missing in different positions. This shipwreck, until recently was attributed to the Laconia which was torpedoed and sunk on 25th February 1917. No mail was ever salvaged from the Laconia. This cover to London from Milford, Conn. has the black ‘DAMAGED BY SEA WATER’ cachet. On the back is an interesting ‘resealing’ label. Irish ??