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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Destination Larvig, Norway in 1895


Very little 19th century mail from Luxembourg to Norway has been recorded, so today I was pleased to acquire this 1888 ten-centime Allegory card addressed to Frank Musin, Esq., Ship "Crown of Germany," Laurwig, Norwege. This interesting card was posted on Friday, August 23, 1895, from Diekirch, transited at Luxembourg-Gare an hour later, and was received on Sunday, August 25, 1895, in the port city Larvig on the southeast coast of Norway, where the ship Crown of Germany presumably was in port with the card's addressee onboard.

The Crown of Germany was a four-masted steel barque built in 1892 by Workman, Clark & Co., Belfast. Here’s its history:*

1892 May Launched at the shipyard of Workman, Clark & Co., Belfast, for W. Gibson & Co.
1893 Sold to J. Reid, Belfast.
1900 Sold to Potter Bros, London.
1910 April 21 Sold to Knöhr & Burchard, Hamburg, and renamed Fischbek.
1910 July 19 Wrecked at False Cove near Thetis Bay at the Straits of Le Marie [Argentina].

*See: http://www.bruzelius.info/Nautica/Ships/Fourmast_ships/Crown_of_Germany(1892).html

And here's the message, nicely written in French:

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