This postcard; the
second of a set of two was mailed to
Mrs. Robert B. Meikle during a return trip
from Great Britain. There is no indication of who sent the
two cards. 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
The reverse of the
card bears a Queenstown August
13, 1904 CDS, and a straight-line
Paquebot marking, (also applied at
Queenstown). There is a
Westerly - August 20, 1904 received CDS,
which was applied on top of the Paquebot
marking, but no New York marking on the card,
which would have arrived there on August
19, 1904. Both cards bear 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.
SEE ALSO: 1904
The SS Lucania
was constructed by the Fairfield Shipbuilding and
Engine Company, Limited at Glasgow in
1893. She was launched on
February 2nd and commenced her maiden voyage
on September 2, 1893. Lucania held the
Blue Riband (see note below)
for both the fastest
eastern and western
Transatlantic crossing. She held the record
for the fastest eastern crossing
from 1894 to 1897 and the
fastest western crossing from 1894 to
1898. Both of these records were
broken by the German steamship,
"Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse."
was the sister ship of SS Campania.
She was 620 feet in length
overall and her gross tonnage was 12,952 tons.
She contained quarters for 600 First
Class, 400 Second Class and 1000
Third Class passengers. Lucania was in service
on the Transatlantic crossing from 1893 until
1908. She was badly damaged in a
fire while docked at Liverpool in
1909 and was condemned and broken up in that year.
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.
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