Alexandria, 1935

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This registered letter from Bahamas was carried on the Imperial Airways Short S.8 Calcutta class flying boat CITY OF KHARTOUM, G-AASJ, that ran out of fuel while approaching a landing in the dark at Alexandria Harbour, on 31st December 1935.  All three engines stopped and the plane dived into the water, sinking almost immediately.   After recovery the mail was taken to Melbourne by ship and dried out in a local bakery and then forwarded with this explanatory note from the Melbourne Superintendent of Mails, dated 17 January 1936.  Virtually all of the mail was satisfactorily forwarded to its intended destination.

The photo provides an excellent view of the plane on the River Nile before its demise at Alexandria.