Thursday, 17 December 2015

Another North Borneo Singapore paquebot cover

Continuing on this festive season display of maritime mail, this is another prewar paquebot cover which used a North Borneo 1931 50th Anniversary issue stamp.

There is no indication of which town in North Borneo it originated from. If it was commercial mail, the letter would have been written on board ship or at least posted while it was in North Borneo waters bound for Singapore. It has a clear transit Singapore cds date of 16 NO 1931. The paquebot cancellation is a commoner type from Singapore. But with a North Borneo stamp on cover, it is still not that easy to find.
The ship involved here was most likely the SS Darvel. It arrived at Sandakan on 7 November and sailed on the 9 November bound for Singapore via ports eg Kudat, Jesselton and Labuan. The other 2 ships which also served this route were the SS Kajang and the MV Marudu.


  1. Hello!
    Indeed a rare item! I would like to exhibit the cover on my website for a more broad publicity. If you agree please contact me via my website!

    Sincere Capt. P.Schulz

    1. You are most welcomed to use it on your website.
      Please include a link to this blog.