Shipwreck - Vasu

Ref: G5549
  • £395.00

The British Motor Vessel “Vasu”, owned by the Islands Shipping Company, Fiji, sank in heavy weather on June 14th – 15th 1956. It was carrying petroleum products from Suva, Fiji, to Apia, Samoa, and a small amount of mail. The ship was abandoned by her crew 200 miles north of Tonga and 45 miles west of Boscowan Island, who spent 22 hours in two lifeboats. This cover from SUVA 8 JU 56 has two strikes of the single line cachet ‘SOILED MAIL EX “VASU”. Less than 20 items are known to exist.