It’s only Tuesday and I am exhausted.  I was up late last night writing a script for our school’s end of the year Open House production (“Harry Potter & the Deadly Virus”) and have spent most of tonight writing lesson plans and creating materials for upcoming classes.  That is just too many hours sitting at a computer and my back is crying out in protest.

So, this will be a very brief entry.  Fear not, however, as I have previously written quite extensively about the subject on my postcard blog. That subject is the M/V Doulos, a missionary ship that once carried the largest floating library around the world.  The ship was launched in 1914 and I had the opportunity to board her in 2006 when she visited Phuket (the above-linked blog has some photos from that occasion). Renamed Doulos Pho, the ship began a new life in June 2019 as a hotel sitting completely out of the water on Bintin Island in Indonesia.

Today’s cover markss a visit by M/V Doulos to Tampico, a city and port in the southeastern part of the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. It is located on the north bank of the Pánuco River, about 10 kilometers (6 miles) inland from the Gulf of Mexico, and directly north of the state of Veracruz. The cover is postmarked with a pictorial cancellation dated 6 November 1978 and the cachet states that this is the second in a series of M/V Doulos covers. I would love to find more.

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