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Six 20th Century World Famous Cruise Ship Postcards
Today I'm offering for sale postcards showing six of the some of the world’s most famous 20th Century Cruise Ships that include the Adriatic, the Aquitania, the Mauretania—Berengaria—Aquitania, the Veragua, the Manhattan, and the Queen Mary. These Cruise Ships made hundreds of trips across the Atlantic ocean from the United States to Europe. They carried their passengers from the year 1907 until the last of the six ships shown were retired in 1967. Listed below is each postcard and its condition:
1.)White Star Line, Twin-Screw R.M.S. "Adriatic": This Cruise Ship was the Largest "Cabin" Steamer in the World. She was one of four White Star Line Ships dubbed “The Big Four”. Her maiden voyage was on May 8, 1907, from Liverpool to New York. On April 27, 1912, she arrived in New York before heading back to Britain on April 27th with some of Titanic’s passengers that were rescued. During WWI she served as a troopship. The card is postmarked but I'm unable to make out a date. It's either 1921 or 1917. The stamp is a Three Half Pence British Stamp. **Condition: There are tiny crease marks at all the corners, and minor wear along the edges.
2.)Cunard R.M.S. "Aquitania" Leaving Southampton: It's postmarked May 3rd 1921. This ocean liner was launched on April 21, 1913, and was the third in Cunard Lines "Grand Trio" of express liners nicknamed “Ship Beautiful". She was used as a troop transport in WWI and WWII. In eight years of military service she carried over 400,000 soldiers to New Zealand, Australia, Greece, and the South Pacific. **Condition: There are tiny crease marks at all the corners, minor surface wear, and light wear along the edges.
3.)Cunard Express Liners called the "Grand Trio" including the R.M.S. “Mauretania”, the R.M.S. “Berengaria”, and the R.M.S. “Aquitania”. The postcard is postmarked May 3, 1924. The Mauretania made her maiden voyage on November 16, 1907, to New York. She was docked at Queentown, Ireland, at the time of the R.M.S. Titanic disaster. She was used during WWI as a troopship. The Berengaria made her maiden voyage on June 11, 1913. She was launched as the Imperator for HAPAG on May 23, 1912, and at that time was the largest passenger ship in the world. **Condition: There are tiny crease marks at all the corners, minor surface wear, and light wear along the edges.
4.) The "Veragua" is one of 6 Sister Ships that made up the Great White Fleet owned by the United Fruit Company. It is doubled postmarked, Habanna, Cuba, July 1934, and Finlay, 1933. It has a one cent Repubula DeCuba stamp attached to the back. During WWII the U.S. Navy commissioned her as the USS Merak (AF21) as a Mizan-Class Store Ship supplying troops and ships with fresh food during WWII. **Condition: There are tiny crease marks at all the corners and very minor edge wear.
5.) The “Manhattan" is a picture postcard dated February 6th, 1941, which shows the Manhattan as it ran aground on January 12, 1941, nine miles north of Palm Beach. In 1936 she carried the U.S. Olympic Team to the Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, in which Jesse Owens starred. She was commissioned on June 5, 1941, to the U.S. Coast Guard as the troopship USS Wakefield under the command of Wilfred N. Derby. **Condition: There are tiny minor bumps at two corners.
6.)"Queen Mary" a Cunard White Star Ship. Launched on September 26, 1934, and retired on December 9, 1967. She is now permanently moored at Long Beach, California, as a tourist attraction. The flagship of the Cunard Lines until 1945 when she was replaced in her role by the “Queen Elizabeth”. During WWII she was converted into a troopship and ferried allied soldiers for the duration of the war. **Condition: There are tiny bumps at two corners and remnants of a small sticker on the back.
A nice group of postcards showing early passenger ocean liners which were used by the rich and famous and those going on vacation overseas during the Golden Age of Sea Travel during the beginning of the 20th century.
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