South Africa 1930 Distress Ship-To-Shore Pigeongram, Rarity!


  • Pre-printed message sheetlet (800x22 mm) flown from a fishing vessel off East London during the great storm in August of that year.
  • Message reads: "Ship Ozone/Date 12th August/Time 8am/District of East London" and on reverse "Keeping Head to Sea, Lost all our Bulwarks. No immediate danger. Coming in as soon as Bar moderates. Martin 12.8.30."
  • Fascinating exhibition showpiece, full of character.
  • A rarity, particularly exceptional as a genuine "commercial" natural use of pigeon mail!
  • The East London Daily Dispatch 13th August 1930 (extract illustrated below) under the heading THE TRAGEDY OF THE STORM describes the drama in detail confirming the loss of 4 craft and 15 lives. Amazingly the report & subheading HAD CARRIER PIGEONS ON BOARD reveals the hitherto obscure fact that certain fishing vessels routinely used carrier pigeons as a means of communicating with shore. The newspaper also records and quotes verbatim the content of this very message flown from the Ozone.
  • See additional image below.
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