In 1881 the railway from Cuxhaven to Harburg was completed. This improved links for Cuxhaven with Harburg, Hanover and Bremen. Harburg was already connected via a railway link to Hamburg. The steamer services then dropped mail off at Cuxhaven for onward delivery to Hamburg.
Mail that had not been cancelled on arrival at the railway junction of Cuxhaven was later cancelled at Harburg with either the straight-line boxed “HARBURG / * IN HANNOVER*” or the “HARBURG (ELBE)” circular date stamp.
This article is the fourth in a series of ten relating to the stamps and postal history of Helgoland. #4/10
This railway line is now known as the Lower Elbe Railway it runs for 104km between Hamburg and Cuxhaven close to the bank of the river Elbe.
Above: Examples of Harburg Cancellations known on Helgoland Mail
Above: Examples of Hamburg Schiffs Brieg-Post Cancellations known on Helgoland Mail
Above: Map of the Lower Elbe Railway (Hamburg and Cuxhaven).