Cocos 1984 Barrel Mail, MNH 111-113,SG111-SG3
Full set of stamps marking the 75th anniversary of Cocos barrel mail and showing: staff unpacking barrel; jukongs waiting for mail ship; and P&O mail ship Morea. The scan is an example of the set you will receive. Cocos barrel mail began in 1909, when ... Read More
- Cocos Islands (Keeling Islands)
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Item DescriptionFull set of stamps marking the 75th anniversary of Cocos barrel mail and showing: staff unpacking barrel; jukongs waiting for mail ship; and P&O mail ship Morea.
The scan is an example of the set you will receive.
Cocos barrel mail began in 1909, when Captain W.L. Brown of the P&O liner RMS Morea, dropped a barrel of food, books and mail while passing close to the islands. It soon became a regular practice with other liners that continued until 1954. The liners notified the cable station staff that a barrel was going to be dropped and jukongs were sent to retrieve the mail. Barrel mail was incoming mail because it arrived in a wooden barrel. Outgoing mail was sealed in a tin and tied to a line put out by the ship dropping the barrel. Thus, outgoing mail was termed tin can mail. (this information was sourced from where you can find much more detail written by Bill Glover)
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- New South Wales, Australia
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