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Southport Times Adds Rare German Steamship Postcard To Collection

German Steamship Postcard

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September 21, 2012 Southport, NC The Southport Times is pleased to announce the addition of a rare real photograph postcard of a German steamship anchored in the Cape Fear River near Southport, NC to its collection of Southport area postcards.

The card is not dated, but based on the ship, postcard style and other indicators, the card likely dates from the 1910s, possibly during World War I. The card has a hand written note that reads "A German Boat in for Portection." This can be interpreted as either the ship came into the Southport harbor for protection from a storm, or possibly protection from war action, if in fact this photograph was taken during WWI.

The word "Kiel" appears on the hull, towards the bow of the ship. Kiel is a town in Northern Germany. The smoke stacks also appear to be painted with the colors of the German flag.

As previously announced in April, The Southport Times' postcard collection will be published in print format in a book entitled "Postcard History Series: Southport, Oak Island and Bald Head Island" by Arcadia Press in South Carolina. The book will be written by Kris Friend, current blog writer for The Southport Times, and will be available in the spring of 2013. Read Full Article>>>

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