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This website is designed to show interesting or colourful covers of the whole world. We try to add about 25 to 30 new items each week. Many countries are included but there is particular strength in GB, the French Group & the German Group, as well as world-wide Wartime Censorship in WW1 & WW2, Postage Dues, Mis-routed mail, Special Services and Airmails. Please note items marked with a reference number BPS-xxx are auction lots for viewing only in a Bradford postal auction, not for immediate sale.

Items in category Maritime, most recent first.
Mixed franking Norway and Iceland 1966
Mixed franking Norway and Iceland 1966
Norwegian America Line Postcard of Arctic Cruise ship 2 August 1966; m/s BERGENSFJORD; red h/s 'Arctic Exploration Cruises' franked with 35 Norway map of Svalbard (SG 468) cancelled Longyearbyen 6 Aug 1966, and Iceland 10 aur horse (SG 355) cancelled Reykjavik 2 August 1966; with cachet of ship 'on cruise' 6 August 66, to Bergen; signed by master of the ship and the postmaster, attractive combination

Reference: S939
£25.00

Bermuda "Posted in the High Seas" c 1950
KGB d (SG 93), KGVI 2d (SG 113c), 1/- (SG 115) all cancelled undated with VF strike of "Queen of Bermuda/Posted on the High Seas"; to Runcorn; on airmail envelope inscribed Furness Bermuda Line (service suspended during WW2, restarted 1949, ended 1966)

Reference: S960
£35.00

Naval mail, censored, red void centre cds 1943
Naval mail, censored, red void centre cds 1943
Stampless envelope with m/s 'On Active Service'; blue shield cachet 'from H.M. Ship passed by censor'; d/r void cds 'Post Office Maritime Mail' v fine strike in red; to London, 13 February 1943 (m/s); no b/s; a neat clean example

Reference: S806
£15.00

Naval censored mail 1943
Naval censored mail 1943
Stampless envelope with red anchor type Naval cachet HM Ship, and double ring void centre d/s 'Post Office Maritime Mail' (v fine strike), to Bournemouth, 14 December 1943 (m/s); censor's tape 'Opened by Examiner 2989'; no b/s; a nice clean example

Reference: S805
£20.00

Naval mail 1944, Irish censor
Naval mail 1944, Irish censor
Stampless envelope "On Active Service" from H.M. Ship to Cork, Ireland; undated void centre d/r d/s 'Post Office Maritime Mail'; shield cachet "HM Ship" (m/s 1944) in red; British censor's tape 'opened by Examiner 2859'; red boxed Irish bilingual censor's cachet; no b/s scarcer use of Irish censor mark

Reference: S804
£20.00

GB 2d PS Envelope from Brindisi, via Paquebot 1895
GB 2d PS Envelope from Brindisi, via Paquebot 1895
GB 2d PS envelope cancelled with fine Brindisi squared circle d/s, 29 October 1895, to Guernsey; h/s PAQUEBOTS; b/s Guernsey 31 October 1895

Reference: S750
£50.00

GB Used Port Said, PAQUEBOT, 1909GB Used Port Said, PAQUEBOT, 1909GB Used Port Said, PAQUEBOT, 1909
GB KEVII 1d cancelled with superb boxed h/s 'PAQUEBOT' alongside bilingual bridged double ring cds PORT SAID 29 July 1909; on VF photographic PPC of Malta; to Anerly, London; a lovely example of this cancellation

Reference: S682
£24.00

Australia to Hollywood, 1920Australia to Hollywood, 1920
KGV King's Head 3 x 1d brown cancelled by slogan m/c d/s, from Australia to Lasky Studios, Hollywood; m/s "from USS Ventura 16/3/20", "Urgent and Confidential, Please forward"; no b/s; small faults

Reference: S662
£20.00

Holland to Liverpool multi-franking 1913
Holland to Liverpool multi-franking 1913
Holland to Liverpool multi-franking 1913
part cover to Liverpool franked on front with 19 x c violet cancelled d/r cds Terschelling 21 April 1913,; on reverse m/s notations "originally 25 back & front sent by HKM(?) when on S.S Lyons at Terschelling salvage.(?) P.O. afterwards stopped excessive stamp quantities, prescribing stamps of large value" and 'Salvage "Lutine"': from a wreck cover?

Reference: S622
£20.00

Postard from ship at Gibraltar to UK with postage duePostard from ship at Gibraltar to UK with postage duePostard from ship at Gibraltar to UK with postage due
Strip 4 GB QEII Wilding d orange on PPC of P&O ship 'Chusan', cancelled with post office triangle cachet I.S.(Inland Service); double ring cds Gibraltar 19 May 1956; GB Postage Due h/s in Green 2d I.S.T and black T; m/s "Posted SS Chusan Gibraltar 18.3.56"; to Carshalton, Surrey

Reference: S621
£25.00

Southampton Ship Letter 1904 on 10c Spain on postcard of Las PalmasSouthampton Ship Letter 1904 on 10c Spain on postcard of Las Palmas
15 April 1904 Spain Young King's Head issue 10c rose cancelled with V fine Southampton Ship Letter s/r cds, on Spanish picture postcard of banana trees in Las Palmas, to Leominster

Reference: S577
£25.00

1904 Postcard with 10c Sower cancelled Southampton France MB 1904 Postcard with 10c Sower cancelled Southampton France MB
French 10c Sower pale red on PPC of Le Havre to West Hartlepool, cancelled 24 March 1904 with fine Southampton France MB s/r cds, with s/r West Hartlepool arrival the same day

Reference: S576
£15.00

GB KGV 1d 1st Voyage, to USA via Paquebot GB KGV 1d 1st Voyage, to USA via Paquebot
GB KGV 1d brown on envelope to Boston, Mass, cancelled by boxed cachet 'SS Washington' with cds 'US Ger Sea Post' s/r cds, & purple h/s Paquebot; with light decorative purple cachet "First Voyage SS Washington New York to Dublin, Plymouth, Havre & Hamburg." minor faults to envelope, no b/s

Reference: S556
£20.00

NEW ZEALAND 1d UNIVERSAL ON CARD TO A SHIP IN CHILENEW ZEALAND 1d UNIVERSAL ON CARD TO A SHIP IN CHILE
NZ Penny Universal used alone on a PPC of the Wharves Dunedin, addressed to a ship c/o an agent in Chile, Dunedin m/c d/s 29 December 1899, transit cds Valparaiso Chile 10 February 1900, to the ship 'Loch Garne' c/o the agent Autofagusta, with arrival cds Autofagusta, Chile, 16 February 1900: very unusual & a fine 1d Universal piece

Reference: S555
£25.00

TONGA TIN CAN MAIL ENVELOPE 1969TONGA TIN CAN MAIL ENVELOPE 1969
Decorative envelope with publicity for a Christmas & New Year Cruise by the 'SS Orsova' 29 December 1969, with 3 Tonga stamps, one a 'cut-out' type (SG 273, 276, 286), from Niuafo'ou Island, nice clean example of more modern Tin Can Island Mail, no b/s

Reference: S547
£20.00

TONGA TIN CAN MAIL ENVELOPE FROM NIUAFOOU TO CALIFORNIA 1935TONGA TIN CAN MAIL ENVELOPE FROM NIUAFOOU TO CALIFORNIA 1935
bespoke Tin Can Mail envelope franked with Tonga 2d Queen Salote cancelled Niuafoou 5 June 1935, with all the special cachets for the service, front & back; opened roughly at left hand side and tidied up with a plain card insert, otherwise a good clean example

Reference: S527
£20.00

ENVELOPE FROM THE BRITISH NAVAL CONTINGENT DURING THE LIBERIA EMERGENCY 1990ENVELOPE FROM THE BRITISH NAVAL CONTINGENT DURING THE LIBERIA EMERGENCY 1990
Envelope with GB 20p 'Kew Gardens' stamp cancelled 'London I.S. Maritime Mail' with boxed cachet 'Ist Officer (S) RFA Tidespring 13 June 1990'. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary 'Tidespring' assisted HMS Andromeda off Monrovia, Liberia during the Liberian civil strife 1990; with notes on the operation included; scarce & not seen before

Reference: S377
£25.00

GB 50th ANNIVERSARY OF AIRCRAFT LANDING ON A MOVING SHIP 1967GB 50th ANNIVERSARY OF AIRCRAFT LANDING ON A MOVING SHIP 1967GB 50th ANNIVERSARY OF AIRCRAFT LANDING ON A MOVING SHIP 1967
GB 3d Wilding + 2 commemorative labels of the event, cancelled with slogan d/s 'Ship through the Port of London' 2 August 1967 & special cachet, on PPC of the landing on HMS Furious 2 August 1917

Reference: S279
£18.00

ISLE OF MAN LETTER TO CADIZ 1857ISLE OF MAN LETTER TO CADIZ 1857ISLE OF MAN LETTER TO CADIZ 1857
A shipping docket from Port St Mary to Cadiz, Spain, marked within 'per Steamer "Britannia" James Master to London'; no British or Spanish postal markings; early IOM maritime mail

Reference: S269
£15.00

CARD FROM RIO POSTED AT SEA WITH SWEDISH STAMPS TO LIVERPOOL 1937CARD FROM RIO POSTED AT SEA WITH SWEDISH STAMPS TO LIVERPOOL 1937CARD FROM RIO POSTED AT SEA WITH SWEDISH STAMPS TO LIVERPOOL 1937
Cachet Guteburg-New York-Rio de Janeiro on Swedish 15 re & 5 re pictorials, on PPC of Rio; with blue cachet 'posted on board when M/S Gripsholm crossed the Equator' 5 March 1937

Reference: S268
£20.00

GB 2d WILDING ISSUE USED ON CHRISTMAS ISLAND 1956GB 2d WILDING ISSUE USED ON CHRISTMAS ISLAND 1956
GB 2d red Wilding on airmail envelope neatly cancelled BFPO Christmas Island 22 August 1956; in MS on reverse sent from 'HMS Messina' (a tank landing craft); nice clear markings

Reference: S256
£15.00

GB 2d WILDING USED IN CHRISTMAS ISLAND 1956GB 2d WILDING USED IN CHRISTMAS ISLAND 1956
GB 2d red Wilding on airmail envelope clearly cancelled BFPO Christmas Island 22 August 1956; in MS on reverse sent from 'HMS Messina' (a tank landing craft)

Reference: S255
£15.00

FRANCE AIRMAIL COVER WITH FRANCE AIRMAIL COVER WITH 'NORMANDIE' PALE BLUE
Airmail envelope from Marseille to Kuala Lumpur, Federated Malay States, franked with France 2 x 5fr Mont St Michel (YT 260) & 1fr 50 Normandie, (YT 300) the scarce pale blue shade, plus 50c Peace type, 12 francs rate, lightly cancelled with Marseille machine d/s 30 May 1936, a nice clean cover

Reference: S237
£24.00

OUTER WRAPPER FROM LONDON TO LYON WITH FORWARDING AGENTOUTER WRAPPER FROM LONDON TO LYON WITH FORWARDING AGENTOUTER WRAPPER FROM LONDON TO LYON WITH FORWARDING AGENT'S CACHET 1817
Folded outer wrapper, no contents, but with MS date '7 August 1817 by Thomas Coutts & Co'; with handstruck ANGLETERRE 'marque d'origine', rate marks 18 (dcimes) & 1/2d; on reverse is a London transit cds & Lyon 'petite poste' 21(?) plus MS endorsement 'Forw d by Mess rs Thos Coutts & Co' forwarding agent's cachet

Reference: S208
£25.00

TONGA: 1938 LAST DAY JUBILEE COVERTONGA: 1938 LAST DAY JUBILEE COVERTONGA: 1938 LAST DAY JUBILEE COVER
1938 Last Day Jubilee cover with the stamps cancelled by partial NIUAFOOU postmarks dated 12.OC.38 and various Tin Can Mail marks on both sides

Reference: H255
£35.00