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Sweden ~ M/S Kungsholm Maiden Voyage to NY ~ Nov 1953
Sweden ~ M/S Kungsholm Maiden Voyage to NY ~ Nov 1953
These two covers were carried on the maiden voyage of the M/S Kungsholm from Gothenburg to New York City on 24 November 1953. M/S Kungsholm was a combined ocean liner / cruise ship built in 1953 by the De Schelde shipyard in Vlissingen, Netherlands for the Swedish American Line. During her time with the line she was used on transatlantic crossings during the northern hemisphere summer season, and on luxury cruises during the rest of the year. In January 1955 the Kungsholm departed on the first-ever around the world cruise made by a SAL vessel.

The first cover above has a pictorial cancel from Gothenburg dated 24 Nov 1953 for the maiden voyage and a rubber stamp cachet in the lower left of the envelope. The second (messier) cover is actually more interesting as it was mailed in the normal mail from Mariestad, Sweden, a small town about 180 kn east of Gothenburg, with a notation in the upper left “via Kungsholm” in the hope it would reach the port in time for the sailing, which it did. The line on the bottom noting “December 1953” was added later and refers to the arrival date of the ship in NYC, not the departure date from Sweden.

The two envelopes are in excellent condition. The first measures 6.1" x 4.3" and the second is very slightly smaller. These two unique covers can be yours for only $5.00 postpaid!