Friday, May 29, 2009

Postcard Friday - SHIPS

It's Postcard Friendship Friday - see other participants here at Marie's blog

I love to find theme in the postcards that I have. This morning I found these ship postcards...I probably have more but too many to go thru at 5:00 am!! The first one is the ship "Teutonic" - a White Star Liner whose history reads: The SS Teutonic was a steamship built for the White Star Line in Belfast and was the first armed merchant cruiser. When Teutonic was launched on January 19, 1889, she was the first White Star ship not to have square rigged sails. The ship was completed on the July 25, 1889 and participated in the Spithead Naval Review on August 1, commemorating Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.

Imagine the feeling of NOT having square rigged sails on a ship for the first time. What progress!

The second ship is another White Star liner - the Oceanic.
RMS Oceanic was a transatlantic ocean liner, built for the White Star Line. She sailed on her maiden voyage in 1899 and until 1901, was the largest ship in the world. In 1912, the Oceanic was one of the rescue vessels that retrieved bodies from the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the North Atlantic Ocean

At the outbreak of World War I in 1914, she was commissioned into Royal Navy service on 8 August 1914 as an armed merchant cruiser.

On 25 August 1914, the newly-designated HMS Oceanic departed Southampton to patrol the waters from the North Scottish mainland to the Faroes, in particular the area around Shetland, and ran aground and was wrecked off the island of Foula, Shetland on 8 September 1914. She was the first Allied passenger ship to be lost in the war.

And last - a simple postcard of a ship with a little "Bon Voyage" message - someone going from Bone to Marseilles perhaps. Sounds lovely - doesn't it?

First I had to look up the shipping company and found this information.

Société Générale de Transport Maritimes (S.G.T.M.)

Formed in 1865 principally to carry iron ore from Bone to Marseilles and Sete and in 1865 also opened services between Marseilles, Algiers and Oran. Passenger services to South America commenced in 1867. In 1907 a subsidiary Compagnie de Navigation France-Amerique was set up. A monthly service to the West Indies commenced in 1915 and was shortly afterwards extended to Gulf of Mexico ports and New Orleans. The company suffered considerable losses in World War I but rebuilt their fleet. They finally ceased passenger operations in 1964 mainly due to the rising popularity of air travel, but continued with cargo trade.


* Marseilles - Genoa - Naples
* Marseilles - Dakar - Bahia - Rio de Janeiro - Santos - Montevideo - Buenos Aires.
* Marseilles - Algiers - Point a Pitre - Fort de France - Gulf ports.
* Marseilles - Oran.
* Marseilles - Algiers.
* Marseilles - Bougie.
* Marseilles - Bone - Philippeville.
* Marseilles - Sete - Oran - Mostaganem. (cargo only)

I didn't have a clue where Bone was so of course, I had to look it up - see the info below. Imagine - the home of St. Augustine!


formerly Bône

Seaport (pop., 2004 est.: 410,700), northeastern Algeria. Identified with the port of ancient Hippo (or Hippo Regius), it was a rich city of Roman Africa. It was home to St. Augustine 396–430. Severely damaged by the Vandals in 431, it passed to the Byzantine Empire in 533 before being overrun by the Arabs in the 7th century and named Bona. It was occupied by the French in 1832 when they conquered Algeria. Modern Annaba is Algeria's chief exporter of minerals; it also serves as a trading port and port of call.

Now isn't this great? Because of PFF I now know about the first ship lost in the first world war; have thought about what it was like to build a ship without square rigged sails, and found out where there city of Bone was...and where a saint lived in the years 300 something.

I love research of this sort.....

Happy Postcard Friendship Friday everyone


Debby said...

Love these, thanks for all the info.

Sheila said...

It's one of the things I love about postcards, being able to learn so much from them. The old ships have so much more style and elegance than modern cruise liners, I think.

Teri C said...

That is all so interesting Mim! You have really gotten into these postcards and we get the benefit of your knowledge. Thanks.

Marie said...

Hi Sheila- Luv all three postcards but the last one was my fav! Thanks for sharing all the history with us!

Renee said...

Mim I love learning new things and as I was reading I kept thinking 'Mim must love doing this' and then I get to the end and it says 'I love research of this sort.'

Love Renee xoxo

studio lolo said...

Postcard Fridays are such fun! A bit of a virtual escape ;)

Lynn said...

I do love ships. This brings back so many memories of ships I have traveled on: The SS France, a big liner, England to NY; A little French ship that took me to Israel from So. of France, The Leonard De Vinci, An Italian liner that took me from NY to Gibraltar; a small Greek ship that took me from Israel to Venice.
Yes, I have riden the high seas in my day!!! Wish it were now again!

Aimee said...

Great cards & info!!

Terry said...

happy Postcard Friendship Friday .
Great history,and fabulous cards.
I enjoyed them very much.
Thank you .
Have a very Happy Weekend.
Happy Trails

Postcardy said...

Good research. You can learn a lot sometimes from researching postcards.

Kirby3131 said...

I followed your other link with the NYC pictures. The ships are lovely too - and once again - a great amount of intersting history.

Barbara/myth maker said...

Thanks for the interesting history lesson!

kj said...

dear god put me on that last ship and let me roll in luxury and lust for several lucious days.


Debra Kay said...

When someone says ships those are the kinds of images I get, not the things sailing around today. I'd like to take a "real cruise" some day, not a trip packed in with a bunch of drunken idiots. (I'm stereotyping here, I've never been on any cruise),