On September 30, 1996, Mauritius issued a 60 cent stamp depicting the SS Zambezia.

Built by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. Ltd., Middlesborough in 1903, The Zambezia was constructed a as a cargo ship for the National Steam Navigation Company (Empresa Nacional de Nav. A Vapor) of Portugal.

Outfitted with a single boiler with 3 furnaces and powering by a single 3-cylinder triple expansion steam engine which provided 133 NHP for a speed of 9 knots. As a fall back the Zambezia was also schooner rigged. She was delivered to her owners in September 1903.

On May 13, 1917, while loading cased petrol at Lourenço Marques she caught fire and was declared a total loss.

She was subsequently salvaged and returned to service. She had several owners and was finally sold to the breakers in 1951.