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Post by Anping on Jun 2, 2017 22:20:31 GMT
From a small number of related covers which I stumbled upon on eBay, here is what might loosely be categorised as an Egyptian serviced example. It was prepared on board Marine Vessel Atholl Forest, registered in Glasgow, Scotland. Posted in November 1978, it commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Recognition of Great Bitter Lake Association Postage from the Suez Canal, by the Universal Postal Union 1968 - 1978.
This features a hand drawn Egyptian trading vessel, built by Pharaoh Sneferu and a “Paquebot Mailed On Board” handstamp. It was 'posted at sea' in the Suez Canal's Great Bitter Lake.
In addition to the GB 10½ (Scottish regional) Machin and a German 70Pf stamp cancelled with a Port Said 'Paquebot' postmark, there are two facsimiles of Great Bitter Lake Association 'local ships postal labels' affixed. The background to these rather strange covers can be found in this thread: Hong Kong: Paquebot 'Local ship post'
Looking at the paquebot postmark, which was rather indistinct, I enhanced it a bit. At first I thought that the Egyptians were using a variation of its spelling:
But after consideration, I didn't think this would have been permissible under UPU regulations. So I can only think this is an example of a damaged 'Q
' type. Looking at other posts under the Egypt sub-board, that same letter Q
seems to have failed in other cancellators.