Port Tewfiq (sic) Port Said, etc
was a major temporary anchorage area on the Suez,
I came through there in 1957.
In a lot of cases postcards would have been purchased
on board, and taken off at Port Tewfik and Suez
for cancellation and sorting, to be delivered back on board for posting forward, or held for ship going in opposite direction.
Port of Suez / El Suez (Bur El Suweis) 29º58´N 32º33´E
The port of Suez is situated at the southern end of the
Suez Canal, forming the Northern Port of Suez Bay,
approx. 170km S of Port Said, and 120 km. East of Cairo.
The Suez bay is sheltered except from the South,
providing a waiting anchorage area for vessels.
The port consists of :
- Port Ibrahim, providing berths for general cargo
and passenger vessels;
- New Harbour, where facilities for tankers and
livestock vessels are situated.
- Port Tewfik is used to accommodate passenger
ships and vessels transiting the Suez Canal.
postcard of Port Tewfik 1917: http://www.stamps-auction.com/pics/h1012.jpg
postcard cancelled at Port Tewfik 25 IV 01 (ie 25 Apr 1901) : http://www.stamps-auction.com/pics/v0791.jpg
The center numeral is a Roman numeral,
However, there is no 30 February (see your example) 8*),
so the month must be III (March) , IV (April) or IX (September).
As you can see in my scan: http://www.stamps-auction.com/pics/v0791.jpg
the V in IV has serifs on it. So, I would propose
that it is IV on your scan.
Thus the date would be "30 April 1905" .
Note 1: The eleven at the end of the date is not a date.
Notice that the Alexandria cancel has an X in the samw spot.
It could be the HOUR. II = 2 and X = 10.?
acknowledgement Blair rcsd.
Egyptian issues with port said