From 1930 to 1935 both SS EUropa (and sister ship Bremen) had a seaplane onboard the ship to launch while approaching the ship’s final port destination. The aircraft was launched carrying some of the ship mail, thus shortening the mail delivery on average by 1 day. The seaplane facility were remove from both ship in the mid 1930’s as they were to difficult to operate.
Launching the seaplane was an exciting part of the trip for the passengers. Different aircrafts were use in the 5 years of operation of the seaplanes.
Cover show a catapult cover posted onboard SS Europa on 29th of July 1934 when the ship was bound for Germany (with Southampton and Berlin postmarks)