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1928-1930 North German Liner Columbus
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 Antilles, (Curacao) 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 is Willemstad.

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.

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