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S.S. Tasmania - 1887

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1985/02/29

The S.S. Tasmania was owned by the Peninsular & Orient Steam Navigation Company and registered in Greenock.  She became stranded on Monachi Rocks, South Corsica on 18th April 1887 on a voyage out of Bombay bound for Marseilles and London. All passengers were saved but nineteen crew were lost.  Some of the mails and a quantity of Indian Parcel Post was salvaged by divers.  This image shows a wrapper addressed to Whitfield King & Co. of Ipswich with a purple 3-line cachet SAVED FROM THE WRECK / OF THE / “TASMANIA”.  A small unused postal stationery envelope of Chamba (Indian Feudatory State) was  in the package enclosed by this wrapper.