Paquebot, Packet Boat and Sea Post Mail
1926 Packet Boat
- Australia to Oaklawn, RI via Hawaii
Packet Boat Marking applied in Honolulu
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The cover above was sent in 1926 from
Drummoyne, New South Wales, Australia to Mrs. Leonard Augell in
Oaklawn, RI. The
cover traveled by Packet Boat via Honolulu, Hawaii where it
entered the U.S. Mail system and received the cancellation
and the Packet Boat marking. The stamp is the 3 Penny
King George V issue of 1926; Scott #72a.
Drummoyne is a suburb in the western
section of Sydney and sits on a peninsula between Iron Cove and
the Five Docks Bay. It is surrounded on three sides by Sydney
Harbor and the Parramatta River.
Packet Boats are government registered
ships that carry mail on a regular basis. Packet mail is mail
carried by a ship under contract by a post office. The Packet
Mail system began in the 1840s. The
marking on the above cover indicates that this letter was
carried by one such ship and was received in Honolulu, Hawaii
without a cancel or any mark of origin.