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

Ship Mail


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


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


Messageries Martimes' steamer TAHITIEN. Image thanks to Philippe Ramona


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:


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


Messageries Martimes' steamer CALÉDONIEN. Image thanks to Philippe Ramona


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.


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)


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


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


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


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


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


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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