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tbeberger
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[*] posted on 12/25/2010 at 06:43
Bessarabian ship mail company?


Dear all
With a lot I have bought this unusual picture postcard:
It was sent in 1903 from Ismail at the Northern bank of the Northern arm of the Danube estuary, then Russian Bessarabia, nowadays Ukraine to Tulcea, situated at about the place, where the three main arms of the Danube separate, then and nowadays in Romania. This is a nice piece of mail within the estuary, but what fascinated me was the black cachet on the top left, saying Bessarbian steam ship.
I have never seen this and also do not know it from the literature. Is there anybody who may give me some additional information?
I appreciate any help.
With all the best wishes for 2011
Thomas Berger


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[*] posted on 12/27/2010 at 14:59


From a fellow philatelist I have got the timetable of this ship line running from Ismail via Tulcea to Galatz. Also the steamer mentioned in the cachet on the postcard ("Bessarabez' ") is mentioned there.
As the timetable is in pdf format I just can give a link:
http://tbberger.redio.de/Bessarabia.pdf
Does anybody have additional information especially about the company running this service (abbreviated GUTMiP in the cachet) or knows other examples of these cachets?
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[*] posted on 12/31/2010 at 18:16


In the cachet under GUTMiP is Rus. Dun. Par. which is the name of the company: Russian Danube Steamshipping. GUTMiP probably stands for Chief Administration for Trade, Sailing and Steamshipping. The 1913 railway and steamer timetable says the Russian Danube Steamshipping Co. had routes Reni-Kladovo, Odessa-Sistovo, Izmail-Galats, and Nikolaev-Odessa-Galats.
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[*] posted on 1/1/2011 at 05:01


Dear Howard
Thank you very much for the information.
Ciao Thomas
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