New Hebrides Ship Mail after WW II
Loose Ship Letters, Paquebot etc.

Ship Mail



MORINDA

Burns Philp & Co. steamer MORINDA. Image thanks to the book "The Main Line Fleet of Burns Philp" by Wilkinson / Willson, Camberra 1981

MULIAMA

Burns Philp & Co. steamer MULIAMA. Image thanks to the book "The Main Line Fleet of Burns Philp" by Wilkinson / Willson, Camberra 1981

TAHITIEN

Messageries Martimes' steamer TAHITIEN. Image thanks to Philippe Ramona

MÉLANESIEN

Messageries Martimes' steamer MÉLANESIEN. Image thanks to Philippe Ramona. The Melanesien was built as Indrapoera in 1926 for the Rotterdam Lloyd Line, renamed Asuncion in 1956, renamed Bianca C in 1957 and renamed Melanesien when chartered by Messageries Maritimes in 1957/58. Scrapped in 1963. (Source: www.derbysulzers.com)

POLYNÉSIE

Messageries Martimes' steamer POLYNÉSIE at Vila harbour. Image thanks to Philippe Ramona

CALÉDONIEN

Messageries Martimes' steamer CALÉDONIEN. Image thanks to Philippe Ramona



INAHA

INAHA
Picture and text from an advertisement for the sale of the ship in a 1960 copy of the Pacific Islands Monthly Magazine: Inaha was a 256-ton twin-screw steel motor vessel built in 1923 by Coaster Construction Co. Ltd in Montrose, Scotland and formerly owned by the Taranaki Shipping Company. She was purchased by Kiwi Shipping Co. (Lew Graham) in November 1959 and then offered for about £NZ13,000. After refurbishment she was sold to the New Britain Electric Co. (owned by Mr A. Avenal) in mid-1960. She sailed for Rabaul on 3 July 1960 (Capt. M. Calder), calling at Vila, where she had earlier been registered as a vessel of the Vila Shipping Co. These covers were posted on board during that voyage and were delivered to the Vila Post Office on arrival.

ORIENTAL QUEEN

M.V. ORIENTAL QUEEN ex KANIMBLA. The ship had been launched as MV KANIMBLA and was famous as Australian coastal liner and mobile radio station and for it's military career in the Australian Navy named HMAS KANIMBLA. In 1961 sold to Asia and renamed "ORIENTAL QUEEN", the in Japanese posession and sold for scrap in 1973. (Source of the image unknown)

SAGAFJORD

M.V. SAGAFJORD.(Source of the image unknown)

ORONSAY

M.V. ORONSAY. The Oronsay was one of the post-war P&O Orient Line ships and sailed line voyages between England and Australia.

VIENNE

The "Vienne" was built in 1964, 1977 transferred to new Cie Generale Maritime, 1979 sold to Panama renamed Char Kang, in 1983 to Saudi Arabia and renamed WAHEED and in 1984 renamed LARGISH N°2 and scrapped. Image thanks to Philippe Ramona

ARCADIA

S.S. ARCADIA Image thanks to New Zealand Maritime Record

SEA PRINCESS

SEA PRINCESS (former "Kungsholm", bought by P&O in 1979 to replace the "Arcadia" and renamed "Sea Princess", later renamed "Victoria", "Mona Lisa" and "Occeanic II" and retired in 2010.) Image thanks to simplonpc

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In PACIFICA (the Pacific Islands Study Circle's quarterly) No. 9 1971 Roger Wells reports that the PAQUEBOT postmark was withdrawn from use on 15 October and has not been replaced.

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Foreign Paquebot postmarks on New Hebridean stamps

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