Tanganyika - Belgian Congo Flotilla Mail

Ref: P5231
  • £2350.00

FLOTILLA MAIL. 1915 censored cover to London with a Belgian Congo 25c tied by a KABALO 25 SEP 1915 datestamp. A violet boxed ‘PASSED BY CENSOR No. 25’ h/s is on the cover. It has the initials H M H of the censoring officer. The cover was sent by G S Tasker, 2502 of the Flotilla force while transporting the boats to Lake Tanganyika. The Germans had three gunboats on Lake Tanganyika and the allies, concerned about the threat they offered, disassembled two British naval vessels in Cape Town and took them by rail, river and road to Lukuga on the Belgian side of Lake Tanganyika where they were reassembled. The British plan was successful with one of the German ships sunk, one captured and one the Germans scuttled. In two short engagements, the small motor boats attacked and defeated two of their German opponents. In the first action, on 26 December 1915 the Kingani was damaged and captured. In the second in July 1916 the small flotilla overwhelmed and sank the Hedwig von Wissmann. An exceptionally rare cover, only 15 recorded from the Flotilla members according to Drysdale and Pennycuick, very few known that were sent while transporting the vessels.