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1928-1930 North German Liner
Postcard to East Greenwich, RI from Netherlands Antilles
The face of the postcard shows the
North German Lloyd Liner, "Columbus"
at sea. The card was sent from the Netherlands
to Miss Alberta Cole in East
Greenwich, Rhode Island from her friend Daisie.
The stamp is 10 cent Carmine,
(Queen Wilhelmina) issue
of 1928-30, Scott #97.
The Netherlands Antilles are
a group of islands located north of Venezuela in
the West Indies. They are still
a Dutch Colony with a total population
of around 270,000. The capital
Columbus was originally launched
in 1922, however due to
material shortages, she did not make her first
voyage until 1924.
When she entered service, she was the largest
and fastest ship of the North German Lloyd Line. She
was refitted in 1929
with Steam Turbines, which
increased her speed to 20 knots.
By the mid-1930s she had been
surpassed by the newer and faster liners Bremen
and Europa and was transferred
for use as a Caribbean Cruise Ship.
Columbus was on a Caribbean cruise when World
War II began and was ultimately scuttled
by her crew off Vera Cruz, Mexico to
avoid capture by the British Navy.