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The Papeete- San Francisco trading schooner link
The World Philatelic Exhibit ´PACIFIC´97´in San Francisco



Permanently unavailable   The «tropic Bird»

From the Feb. 12, 1897 edition of the «Messager de Tahiti» (a local publication of the epoch):
...«The American sailboat «Tropic Bird», which carries mail and passengers, will leave for San Francisco on Monday, Feb. 15. Mail sacks will be closed the same day at 10 o'clock in the morning» ...
This large three masted, 368-ton trading schooner operated a regularly service between San Francisco and Tahiti via Taiohae in the Marquesas Islands dating back to 1893. The voyage lasted 28-34 days and involved a 10-day stopover at each port of call.

Although less regularly, there were four other American ships that made similar trips during the year 1897: the «City of Papeete», the «Norma», the «Falcon» and the «Galilée». They all left San Francisco loaded with variety of products and returned from Tahiti loaded with such Polynesian goods as fruit, coconuts, mother-of-pearl shells and vanilla.

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