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Envelope 1905 From Signapore To Karaikudi

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Posted 02/23/2019   07:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Joy Daschaudhuri to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
@Bobby De La Rue

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Could you please tell us, is 4 days from Pinang (ie: Penang for any readers who aren't sure) to Singapore usual and was the service overland or by the Malacca Strait?


As I previously mentioned, mail from Nagappattinam to Singapura via Pinang was carried by British India Steam Navigation Company from 1903 to 1911.

So, mail from Pinang to Singapura was sent via Melaka Strait.

Typically, mail steamers plying between Pinang and Singapura took 2 days and sometimes 1 day.

I made an error about the date of arrival of the 1905 Karaikkudi to Singapura cover, which arrived at Singapura on 12.16.1905. and the next day being Sunday when Singapura GPO was closed, the cover was delivered on 12.18.1905. Monday.

I have edited my post above accordingly.
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Posted 02/23/2019   07:04 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Joy Daschaudhuri to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Bobby, there was an active Pinang to Singapura Marine Sorting Service on board of contract mail steamers from May 1879 to April 25,1915, which started following Article 24 of the Postal Contract dt. February 7,1879.

Sorters were allotted different Pinang to Singapura Marine Sorter datestamps.

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Posted 02/23/2019   07:07 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Joy Daschaudhuri to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This is for Bobby (not the Forum Dad but De La Rue).

During 1905, mail from India to Singapura were sent by 10 different seamail routes.

1. Kolkata to Singapura via Pinang as part of Kolkata-Hionggong/Hčunggóng Line by Apcar and Company Opium Steamers
(disgraceful history)

2. Kolkata to Singapura via Yangon and Pinang by British India Steam Navigation Comapany mail steamers

3. Mumbai to Singapura via Kolamba as part of Marseille-Yokohama Line by Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes mail steamers

4. Mumbai to Singapura via Kolamba as part of Mumbai-Yokohama Line by Nippon Yusen Kaisha mail steamers

5. Mumbai to Singapura via Kolamba and Pinang as part of Trieste-Kobe Line by Österreichischer Lloyd mail steamers

6. Nagappattinam to Singapura via Pinang by British India Steam Navigation Comapany mail steamers

7. Tuttukkudi to Kolamba by British India Steam Navigation Company and thence to Singapura via Pinang as part of Napoli-Shanghai Line by Norddeutscher Lloyd mail steamers

8. Tuttukkudi to Kolamba by British India Steam Navigation Company and thence to Singapura via Pinang as part of London-Shanghai Line by Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company mail steamers

9. Tuttukkudi to Kolamba by British India Steam Navigation Company and thence to Singapura as part of Marseille-Yokohama Line by Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes mail steamers

10. Tuttukkudi to Kolamba by British India Steam Navigation Company and thence to Singapura via Pinang as part of Trieste-Kobe Line by Österreichischer Lloyd mail steamers

This is a VAST subject and specialized collection can be formed on India to Singapura Maritime Mail Routing.
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