Collect Southern Africa

1910 2½d Union Commemorative

Covers to Unusual Destinations
1910 2½d Index

Tete-Beche
Going South

Or
Going North?

 

To Captain Scott in the Antartic

Posted KOKSTAD NO 5 10 and addressed to the famous Explorer
Captain R. F. Scott - British Antartic Expedition McMurdo Sound - Queen Victoria Land via New Zealand

The envelope contained a letter wishing Scott good luck and expecting that it would be opened by him after he had conquered the South Pole. The letter reached the Antarctic Expedition after Scott's death returning from the pole, and was not answered until after the war, when the Expeditions affairs were being finalized, and Francis Drake, the postmaster of the Expedition, returned it to the sender, with an explanatory letter advising of Scott's death. The senders letter mentions that the stamp had been issued on that day, and the Duke had opened the first Parliament of the new Union of South Africa.It is part of a wonderful group of items, including newspaper reports of Scott sent with the original letter.

McMurdo Sound in Queen Victoria Land
Is at Latitude 77° 50'S Longitude 166
°40'E
It is due South from the SW tip of New Zealand and 730 nautical miles from the South Pole
It is in the Ross Sea and lies close to Mount Erebus which is the second highest volcano in Antarctica and the southernmost active volcano on earth.

McMurdo sound is named after an American General and used today as a landing strip.
Nearby there is an American station of the same name andScott Base is close.
Average mean sea-leveltemperature is -20 °C Monthly mean range -3 °C in January to -28 °C in August. Stormiest months - February and October
Starting in 1955 - 1956 the US made missions to the Antarctic codenamed Operation Deep Freeze
In 2013 a 46 cent Commemorative was issued depicting their ships in McMurdo Sound

 

Unusual Destinations in Africa


Registered within the Transkei
UMTATA to NGQELENI

In the Transkei
Union 2½d pair paying 4d Registration plus 1d Postage
Cancelled UMTATA SP 25 12
Manuscript registration

Simply addressed to Old Bunting
A Methodist Mission station at Ngqeleni
20 Kilometres Southeast of Umtata

The only Transkei destination
Lyn & Rob have encountered

Lester Collection

 

Unusual Destination - Deutcshe Seepost to GSWA

CAPE TOWN to LUDERITZBUCHT
In German South West Africa
Union 2½d x 2 cancelled with oval
DEUTSCHE SEEPOST
LINNIE HAMBURG WEST AFRIKA 6 11 12

Carried on the Frieda Woermann
Via Port Nolloth, Angra Pequina to Walfish Bay thence onto
Luderitzbucht with 30 11 12 arrival backstamp


Other covers with the same destination
have been see all addressed to the same person

Lester Collection

 

Unusual Destinations - To Boma in the Belgian Congo

JOHANNESBURG to BOMA
Via Rhodesia addressed to
The Vice Consul General of the USA
At Boma in the Belgian Congo
Surface rate paid with Union
2½d
Machine cancel JOHANNESBURG MAY 3 1911

Routed via Southern Rhodesia and Angola
With transit backstamps Bulawayo

6 May & Luanda 26 V 11 plus
BOMA 1 JUIN 1911 arrival

Boma is just across the
NW border of Angola

Lester Collection

 

 

Unusual Destinations in Europe & Scandinavia

Lisbon, Portugal

PRETORIA to LISBON
Inter-Provincial use of a KEVII 4d
Registration Evelope with 5d Postage paid with
Union 2½d x 2 cancelled PRETORIA 13 JA 13
By sea to Funchal Maderia 28 JAN 13 and more than
sent on a different ship to Portugal with

LISBOA CENTRAL 1 2 13 arrival

This is the only Portuguese SG 1 destination
Lyn & Rob have seen - It seems quite strange as
South Africa enjoyed its fair share of
Portuguese Immigrants - perhaps there were
not that many in 1913?

Lester Collection

 

Unusual Destination - Stockholm, Sweden

JOHANNESBURG
to STOCKHOLM


Inter-Provincial use of a
KEVII 3d plus
Union 2½d x 2 cancelled JOHANNESBURG
21 JUL 13


With Stockholm
12 AUG 13
Arrival backstamp

Palmer Collection

 

Unusual Destination - Langebaan to Larvik, Norway

LANGEBAAN to LARVIK
Surface rate paid with Union 2½d
Cancelled LANGEBAAN
7 OCT 12
Arrival backstamp
LARVIK
29 10 1912

Only Norwegian destination seen

Lester Collection

 

Unusual Destination - To Smyrna, Turkey

PRETORIA to SMYRNA
Inter-Provincial use of a KEVII 4d
Registration Evelope with
7½d
Postage paid with Union 2½d
plus
½d x 2 and 4d King's Heads
Cancelled PRETORIA
9 OCT 13
- Backstamped
London 28 OCT 13 transit and
Smyrna 4 NOV 13 arrival

Only Turkish destination with a SG 1

Lester Collection

 

Unusual Destinations in the Americas & Australia
To Saskatoon, Canada

JOHANNESBURG to SASKATOON
A colourful franking with an
Inter-Provincial use of a Natal KEVII
2½d, Union 2½d plus
a pair of ½d Springbok definitives
4d Registration & 2d Postage
Cancelled
JOHANNESBURG
20 DEC 26
Backstamped
Montreal 21 JAN 27 transit and
Saskatoon JAN 24 27 arrival

Redirected with Saskatoon
JAN 25 27 dispatch and
Calgary JAN 26 27 arrival

Only Canadian destination seen
Lester Collection

 

Unusual Destination - To Ancon, Panama Canal Zone
KOWIE WEST to ANCON
Panama Canal Zone
An Inter-Provincial use of a
COGH KEVII 1d envelope, a 1d OFS VRI overprint

plus aUnion
2½d pair
- Registered and
Cancelled KOWIE WEST MR 11 11
Transit backstamps, London & New York
4 - 9 and 5 - 9 1911 plus Ancon APR 18 1911 arrival

Lyn and Rob comment
We have a couple to this destination but
this is the most attractive of the covers


Lester Collection

 

Unusual Destination - To Honolulu, Hawaii
PRETORIA to HONOLULU
An OHMS Newspaper wrapper with
an Inter-Provincial use of a
Transvaal KEVII 1d plus a
Union 2½d
Cancelled PRETORIA 23 SEP 12

It comes as no surprise that it is the only known Hawaian destination


Lester Collection

 

Unusual Destination - To Tasmania, Australia

GEORGE to LAUNCESTON

In Tasmania, Australia
An Inter-Provincial use of a
COGH KEVII 4d Registered envelope
plus
a
Union 2½d
Cancelled with a GEORGE
AP 21 11 Relief datestamp
Backstamped Cape Town
23 AP 11 transit - No arrival mark

Another very unusual destination

Lester Collection

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