Train Crash - India

Ref: G4940
  • £575.00

INDIA 1902. A cover sent to England with a 1A cancelled 11 SE 02 that was on the train from Madras o Bombay that fell into a river at Mangapanam, 205 miles from Madras, when a bridge collapsed during heavy floods on September 11. At least 62 people died in the incident. The mails ended up in the river and when recovered a blue manuscript ‘Damaged in Railway Accident’ was written on the back and signed. A Sea Post SE 3 02 cancel is on the back. On arrival in England a violet boxed ‘DAMAGED BY IMMERSION / IN SEA WATER’ cachet was applied with ‘SEA’ crossed out. A London SP 29 02 arrival c.d.s. is on the front of the cover. This cachet was widely used in maritime accidents from 1893, but only seen used this once on train crash mail. A rare cover from this incident.