S.S.“ TAHITI ” 1930 On 18th August 1930, whilst en route from Wellington, New Zealand, to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, the British steamer ‘Tahiti’ was abandoned at 2.28 a.m. after a broken propeller had caused a rent, and water flooded the hold. The steamers Ventura and Penybryn, which had come to render assistance, took on board the passengers and crew of the ‘Tahiti’ and the majority of the letter mail. Nine bags were lost, as was the entire one hundred and thirty nine bags of newspapers, packages and parcel mail when the ship sank at 4.42 p.m. on the same day. This cover to the U.S.A. has a three line violet cachet ‘Salvaged from / S S Tahiti / Lost at sea’. A San Francisco SEP 1 1930 transit cancel is on the back of the cover.