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Posted 08/24/2013   8:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Bujutsu to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I got this card today at an antique show here in town.

The card shows the ship "Homeric" and has a fancy cancel. The cancel itself is nor a 'paquebot' per se, but there is reference to 'paquebot' in the cancellation itself.

Not sure exactly what the cancellation is commemorating but thought it was a good buy anyway.

Chimo

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Posted 08/24/2013   9:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I don't think the cancellation was commemorating anything in particular, other than the sender of the postcard was likely a passenger on the ship and the cancellation merely reflects the date the postcard was mailed (presumably from the ship). However, it may be reflecting one of the last cruises on the ship from Le Havre to Montreal that began in 1957 and, according to the history below, must have ceased on or before 1963 (when it was used for cruising only).

Here's a brief history on the ship:


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The Homeric was originally the Mariposa. She was a 18,017 gross ton ship, length 632 feet x beam 79.4 feet, two funnels, two masts, twin screw, speed 22 knots.

Accommodation for 475 first class and 229 cabin class passengers. Built by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Quincy, she was launched for the Matson Navigation Company in Los Angeles on 18th July 1931. The Mariposa was used on the San Francisco – Honolulu – Sydney service and in 1941 entered service as a US Navy transport.

After wartime service, the Mariposa was laid up at Alameda in 1946 and in 1953 was sold to Home Lines, Panama and renamed the SS Homeric the following year.

The Homeric was completely refitted with accommodation for 147 first class and 1,096 tourist class passengers. The Homeric started regularly scheduled Southampton – New York sailings in 1955 and Le Havre – Montreal sailings in 1957.

From 1963 she was used for cruising only and after a serious fire in 1973, it was found uneconomical to repair her and she was sold for scrapping at Taiwan.


http://cruiselinehistory.com/cruise...bados-1960s/
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Posted 08/24/2013   10:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cal516 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
As a young boy I sailed many times in Homeric from NYC to the Caribbean. The late 50s and early 60s were the beginnings of the modern cruise industry. S/S Homeric was then flagship of the all Italian crewed Home Lines. Homeric was replaced in the early 70s by the S/S Oceanic as Home Lines' flagship.

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Posted 10/07/2013   1:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cursus to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The pc didn't get a paquebot pm. The slogan machine postmark is an standard Le Havre pictorial pm ("flamme" in French). Praising the city as paquebot calling harbour. It was most likely used on the city main PO, as it reads "Le Havre Ppal (for Principal)" and the Dpt name "Seine Maritime".
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Posted 10/07/2013   2:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bujutsu to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for that Curcus.

I was leaning more towards a commemorative slogan cancel but just wanted to be sure.

Chimo

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