Maritime Disaster Covers brings to you selected shipwreck covers, and their fascinating stories from The Rudraksh Collection, as told by its curator, Yashovardhan Gupta.
This page is an endeavour to rejuvenate interest in the fine art of philately.
Everyone likes listening to stories, and it is my belief, that the stories of these wrecks are as interesting and fascinating than any other story, if not more. It is the power of these stories that will help bring people toward philately, and to achieve a better understanding of this art. It is not just some hobby of collecting postal items, but rather, it is the art of collecting important and valuable historical artefacts, that are crucial to keep these stories of our history and our past alive.
Click below to read about the only surviving postal cover from the sinking of the Titanic.
Click below to read about the legendary story of the S.S Aeon, and its brave crew. Also view one of the last surviving covers from its wreck.
Click below to read about the historic S.S Great Britiain, one of the most famous ships of its time. Also view the cover carried aboard the ship.
Click below to read about the wreck of The Hottinguer, and view the only surviving postal cover from its wreck.
Click below to read the about the tragedy of the S.S Empress of Ireland, whose sinking is arguably of the same magnitude as the Titanic. Also view one of the last surviving covers from this catastrophe.
Click below to read about the wartime story of The SS Hesperian, which played an integral role in US involvement in the First World War, and thus, the Allied Victory. View one of the last known surviving postal covers from its wreck
Read about the miraculous escape of Marcel Badez, from the explosion of the SS General Chanzy, and the astonishing "psychic" Edith Russell, who predicted the fate of the ship.
Read about the fascinating stories from the SS Pomona which got wrecked on Monterey Rock.
A Breach Of Duty:
Read about the cowardly Captain Webster who abandoned his duty as a Captain, in order to selfishly save his own life, leaving his crew and passengers aboard a sinking ship while escaping in a boat. This is a story of karma and nature exacting revenge
On this National Burger Day, read about the SS Germania, the ship responsible for the invention of hamburgers. Also view one of the only 5 surviving wreck covers from this ship.
Read about the SV Schomberg, the largest ship of the Gold Rush era, and it’s famous captain James “Bully” Forbes.
Read about the SS Milano, whose wreck site I was Fortunate enough to visit while in Croatia last year.
Read about the famous SS Jebba, whose wreck site is a popular attraction today, and the two braveheart fishermen, Jack Argent and Isaac Jarvis, who saved the day.
Read about the SS City of Rio de Janeiro,
whose story teaches us the skill of survival, and tells us a grim tale of death too, with most of its passengers dying when it sank in the San Francisco Bay Area, which earned it its infamous nickname.
Read about the SS Karnak, one of the many maritime disasters in the so called cursed year of 1862.
Read about the biggest peacetime tragedy of the Royal British Navy,
the only vertical shipwreck in the world.
Read about the RMS Tahiti,
the ship that made record
for long distance communication,
and was also a part of many important historical events.
Read about the famous SS Carnatic, this shipwreck is still a famous diving site, known as
'Father of Copper'.
It is also mentioned in
Jules Verne's classic,
'Around the world in 80 days'.
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