This postcard, although showing a
picture of the Ivernia was actually sent
from the Campania. The New York
Paid CDS on the reverse of the card is
dated April 15, 1904, which is the date
that Campania arrived in New York.
The stamp is the one penny scarlet King Edward VII
issue of 1902. This issue was produced by
De La Rue and is listed in the Scott
Catalog as #128. This is a Paquebot cover,
although there is no Paquebot stamp in evidence. The card was
stored rather roughly and looks as if it was pasted in a photo
type album at one time. The paper from the album has adhered
to the back of the card. The card does have a Queenstown
Ireland April 6, 1904 CDS indicating that it was
sent from the ship after it left Liverpool. There is also a
faint Westerly, Rhode Island received
cancel on the face of the card.
This postcard and the Lucania
Postcard (See Below)
were both addressed to Mrs. Robert B. Meikle.
Judging from the dates on the two cards, it is most likely
that this card was sent on the
trip abroad and the Lucania card was
sent on the return trip home.
Robert B. Meikle and his wife Jeannie
are listed as living in Westerly, Rhode Island
in the census of 1910. Both Robert and Jeannie
are listed as having been born in Scotland
in 1854. The census lists Robert's
occupation as cotton mill in 1910.
1904 Lucania Postcard for a
better example of the Paquebot marking
was constructed in 1892 by the
Fairfield shipbuilding & Engine Company at
Glasgow, Scotland for the Cunard Line.
She was 601 feet in length overall with a beam of
65.2 feet and a draft of 37.8 feet.
Her gross tonnage was 12, 950 tons and she had
two masts and two funnels. She was the sister ship of the
made her maiden voyage on April 22, 1893
and on August 17, 1894, she set the record
for a westbound crossing making the journey in
5 days, 9 hours and 29 minutes with an average speed
of 21.44 knots. She held the record for the
westbound crossing until her sister ship, Lucania set a new
record in August. She made her last Liverpool to
New York crossing on August 15, 1914
and was then converted to an aircraft
carrier by the Royal Navy. She was sunk
in a collision with HMS Revenge in the
Firth of Forth in 1918. Campania also
held the Eastward crossing record
NOTE: The Blue
Riband (Ribbon) was awarded to the steamship that held the
record for the fastest transatlantic crossing. It was divided
into two parts and awarded separately for the fastest
eastbound and fastest westbound crossing.
The ship pictured in the
Post card is the SS Ivernia. She was built
for the Cunard line in 1899 by C. S. Swan
& Hunter at Wallsend-on-Tyne, England.
She was 582 feet long with a beam of 64.9
feet and a draft of 37.8 feet. Her gross
tonnage was 14,058 tons. She was the
sister ship of SS Saxonia.
Ivernia made her
maiden voyage on April 16, 1900 and was
in service on the Liverpool to Boston run
through 1905. In 1914 she was
converted to a troopship and torpedoed
by the German submarine u-47 with the loss
of 121 lives.
is located on the Wirral Peninsula at the
entrance to the Mersey River and across the
river from the port of Liverpool. It would have been the
first sight of land when