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last update 26 April 2017 S. Atlantic Chronicle
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St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society

founded 1976



 Inter-Society Collaboration



The covers from our three (principal) islands are all interesting, whether sent (or received) by an islander or philatelic. In general, most members study and have knowledge of the island specific postmarks, cachets, cancellations and other island-related postal markings.

However, many covers have markings from other countries, sometimes as transit marks, often as final destination receiving marks. A large proportion of covers also have various Paquebot markings.

In many cases, understanding these other (non-island) markings is a whole different specialist field; some of us may indeed be knowledgeable about these, but many of us are not.

Of course, many covers also have interesting stamps, and this can be a further area of study too.

Accordingly, an Inter-Society Collaboration has been proposed between our society (SHATPS) and various other specialist societies. As a starting point, the following societies have expressed an interest: The TPO & Seapost Society (Paquebot markings), The British Postmark Society, The South African Philatelic Federation the President, Alex Visser.

This end-goal is to produce a series of articles for the South Atlantic Chronicle, detailing some of these other markings. SHATPS will also co-operate in producing articles for the publications of the other societies, as requested.

In the interim, this page has been made available for members to post covers with markings that require identification … or are just of major interest. (Posting can be done via the kind auspices of our Secretary and Webmaster, Klaus Hahn). Members may of course contribute to the knowledge on this page as well, by answering any query that is posted.

I hope this new collaboration will provide all of us with greater knowledge of the covers in our collections, as well as broaden our knowledge generally.

Alan Melville - Inter-Society Collaboration Coordinator



Photo  Description                         Request                   Answer

Tristan da Cunha HMS Carlisle 2nd visit 1937

COVER: unstamped cover to Darmouth/England, taxed - 1 1/2D,

London Paquebot 30 MR 37





- who knows of other Carlisle mail with the boxed cachet?

- Where's the origin of the boxed cachet, which isn't listed in SG Catalogue of British Postmarks


Tristan da Cunha to Johannesburg 1936


Registered cover to S.A.. The South African postage was struck with the missionary handstamp type V, arrival registration datestamp Durban 8 JAN 1936 and on-line cachet

*Tristan Da Cunha*

according the literature applied in Durban


*Tristan Da Cunha*

- who knows more about the meaning of this cachet as published in G. Crabb's book

? Why was it applied?


Tristan da Cunha - undated censored WW2 cover to Cape Town

with South African Paquebot cancellation, without any information because of security reasons,

type VII Tristan missionary handstamp (not in use March 1940 - 1 May 1945)


- where in South Africa was the Paquebot marking applied?

- time of usage?


A Tristan da Cunha postal history request:

Tristan da Cunha Type X handstamp - very early usage


very early usage of the Type X handstamp 2 FE 1948.

Only 3 covers known.


- do you have a cover in your collection with that scarce usage

2 FE 1948 - 6 MR 1948 during Tristan Venture Expedition?

If yes, please send a scan to the Webmaster.



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