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Cover Type: USA outbound with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Dec 5, 20
Edited on:Dec 6, 20
Postmark: Mar 1, 1937
Origin: San Francisco, California, UNITED STATES
Destination: Kawa Kawa, Bay Of Islands, NEW ZEALAND

1927 5c blue x2 (637) tied by two strikes of "San Francisco Calif. Mar 1, 1937" cds on double UPU rate cover to Kawa Kawa, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Endorsed per S.S. Mariposa. No markings on back.

Kawakawa is a small town in the Bay of Islands area of the Northland Region of New Zealand. Kawakawa starting developing as a town with the mining of coal, which was discovered there in 1861. A horse-drawn tramway was opened in 1868 to carry coal from the mines to the Taumarere wharf. In 1871 two steam locomotives were acquired and the tramway was upgraded to railway standard. In 1884 a railway line from Kawakawa to Opua was opened, and this replaced the line to Taumarere wharf. A railway line south to Whangarei was completed in 1911. Coal mining ceased at Kawakawa in the early 20th century.

SS Mariposa was a luxury ocean liner launched in 1931; one of four ships in the Matson Lines "White Fleet" which included SS Monterey, SS Malolo and SS Lurline. SS Mariposa was designed for service in the Pacific Ocean including regular stops in ports along the West Coast of the U.S., Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia. Her maiden voyage began 16 January 1932 in New York City, where she sailed to Havana, transited the Panama Canal and berthed in the port of Los Angeles before continuing on to tour ten more countries in the south and west Pacific.

Pictured is an aerial port bow view of SS Mariposa in March 1944, on a wartime trip from Los Angeles to Bombay, India. The SS Mariposa operated under the War Shipping Administration as a fast troop carrier, bringing supplies and support forces to distant shores as well as rescuing persons stranded in foreign countries by the outbreak of war. Mariposa, with Navy designated troop capacity of 4,165 and speed of 20.5 knots, was one of the very large, fast transports, the largest nicknamed "Monsters," usually sailing without escort.

Owner's ID: 2401
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No