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Sale 5135

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Stamps and Postal History
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Waterway and Naval Covers




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Lot 5078
Davis, Admiral Charles Henry (1807-1877), signature "C. H. Davis" on a partly-printed Transfer Order headed "South Atlantic Squadron, U. S. Flag Ship Guerriere (1st Rate)" and dated Rio de Janeiro, Sept. 23, 1868; the order detaches Midshipman J.T. Sullivan from the U.S.S. Quinnebaug and orders him to report to Capt. T. G. Corbin aboard the Guerriere; Corbin has written and signed "Reported Sept 26th 1868, Thos. G Corbin, Captain U S Navy"; the reverse is docketed and signed by Commodore Edward Barrett, "Delivered 23 Sept 1868 (signed) E. Barrett, Commander", F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $200
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Current Bid $100
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Lot 5079

[Mississippi River] BAYOU SARA & BAT. ROUGE AGT., clear c.d.s., Jun 12, 1884 on a 2¢ red entire (U231) to Greensburgh, La.; reduced slightly at left with light foxing, Fine and rare. Unlisted Mississippi River steamboat marking on an 1882 cover to Greensburgh, La.; some cover soiling and edge creases, Fine.
Suggested Bid $80
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Current Bid $40
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Lot 5080

U.S.S. Macedonian, Frigate, cover addressed to "Wm. L. Richmond, U.S. Ship Macedonian, New London, Con." franked with a neatly canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked with a clear Jul 31 Mattapoisett, Mass. c.d.s.; stamp with pre-use clipped perforations, cover reduced somewhat at the left, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $80


Macedonian, with a complement of 489, operated in the Gulf, West Indies and hunted Raiders during the war. From 1864 to 1870 she was a practice and training ship at the Naval Academy.
Current Bid $45
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Lot 5081

U.S.S. Shawmut, Kansas-Class Screw Gunboat, legal size "Post Office Department Returned Letter Office, Due __ Cents" with manuscript "6" addressed to Acting Assistant Paymaster, James C. Graves, Marblehead, Mass.; imprint crossed out and cover forwarded to "U.S.S. Shawmut, Navy Yard, New York" with a Jul 17 Marblehead c.d.s. and a pair of cork-canceled 3¢ rose (65); reduced somewhat at the left and stamps slightly damaged, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $80


Shawmut, with a complement of 35, was commissioned November 1864 and briefly searched for the CSS Tallahassee. Then transferred to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, she participated in taking Wilmington and later on the James River before being decommissioned in April.
Current Bid $45
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Lot 5082

U.S.S. Shawsheen, Side-Wheel Gunboat, cover addressed to "Henry A. Phelan, Actg. Master Commanding, U.S. Steamer Shawsheen, Plymouth North Carolina, Via Roanoke Island", franked with a grid-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked Norwich, Con., Mar 16, 1863; reduced slightly at the right cutting into the stamp, otherwise Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $80


Shawsheen (ex - Young American), with a complement of 40, served with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and was engaged at the Battle of Hampton Roads, Roanoke Island, and Elizabeth City. In July 1863 she took five schooners in one day. She was captured and sunk in May 1864 while anchored at Turkey Bend.
Current Bid $45
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Lot 5083

U.S.S. Union, Brig, 3¢ pink entire (U58) postmarked Philadelphia, Jan 3, 1863, and addressed to "Mr. John Fornance, 3rd Assistant Engineer, On Board U.S. Gunboat 'Tahoma', Gulf Squadron", then endorsed "Str Union, Feb 7th, Tampa Bay", Very Fine. This letter traveled to the Tahoma by way of the Union soon after the latter had been converted to a supply dispatch ship in the Gulf., .
Suggested Bid $80


Union was a brigantine rigged ship with a complement of 75. She served with the Atlantic Blockading Squadron and the Potomac Flotilla before conversion to a supply and dispatch ship.
Current Bid $45
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Lot 5084

U.S.S. Sebago, Side-Wheel Sloop, cover addressed to "Mr. T.M. Coan, U. S. Str. Sebago, Care Naval Lyceum, Brooklyn, N.Y.", franked with a grid-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked with a Dec 30 Homer, Mich. c.d.s., penciled year 1863 (docketing?), Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $80


Sebago was commissioned in 1862 and supported the Peninsula campaign. She served with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron before joining the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. She participated in the Battle of Mobile Bay.
Current Bid $40
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Lot 5085

U.S.S. Sebago, Side-Wheel Sloop, cover addressed to "Mr. T.M. Coan, U. S. Str. Sebago, Care Naval Lyceum, Brooklyn, N.Y.", franked with a grid-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked with a Jul 20 Homer, Mich. c.d.s., penciled year 1863 (docketing?), Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $80


Sebago was commissioned in 1862 and supported the Peninsula campaign. She served with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron before joining the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. She participated in the Battle of Mobile Bay.
Current Bid $40
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Lot 5086

U.S.S. Sebago, Side-Wheel Sloop, cover addressed to "T. Munson Coan, U. S. Str. Sebago, W. G. Blockading Squadron, franked with a grid-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked with a Mar 4 Homer, Mich. c.d.s., penciled year 1865 (docketing?), Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $80


Sebago was commissioned in 1862 and supported the Peninsula campaign. She served with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron before joining the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. She participated in the Battle of Mobile Bay.
Current Bid $40
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Lot 5087

U.S.S. Sebago, Side-Wheel Sloop, cover addressed to "T.M. Coan M.D., Surgeon U.S. Steamer 'Sebago', Mobile Bay", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a Albion, N.Y. target duplex, Mar 13, 1864 (year inverted); reduced somewhat at the right, slightly damaging the perforations, otherwise Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $75


Sebago was commissioned in 1862 and supported the Peninsula campaign. She served with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron before joining the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. She participated in the Battle of Mobile Bay.
Current Bid $45
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Lot 5088

U.S.S. Seminole, Screw Sloop, cover addressed to "Mr. Luke Robbins, U.S.S. Seminole, W. G. B. Squadron, Off Mobile, or elsewhere.", franked with a cork-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked with a red Sep 17 Boston c.d.s.; cover with a colorless embossed Boston Rug & Paint Dealer's corner card; reduced somewhat at the left with some creasing at the right, Fine.
Suggested Bid $75


Seminole initially served with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. She participated in the reconnaissance and taking of Port Royal. After refit she was assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron where she took part in the Battle of Mobile Bay.
Current Bid $45
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Lot 5089

U.S.S. Southfield, Side-Wheel Gunboat, 3¢ pink entire (U59) addressed to "Acting Assistant Surgeon U.H.D. Nozes, U.S. Steamer Southfield, Hampton Roads, Va." canceled with a light Griggsville, Ill. c.d.s., Jul 8 (1862), F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $75


Southfield, with a complement of 61, was a converted ferry purchased in 1861. She operated in the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron until sunk by the CSS Albemarle.
Current Bid $45
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Lot 5090

U.S.S. Unadilla, Unadilla-Class Gunboat, cover addressed to "John F.B. Hatfield, U.S. Gun Boat Unadilla, Port Royal, S.C.", franked with a grid-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked with a partial New York c.d.s., May 25, 1862; reduced slightly at the left, slightly stained, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $75


Unadilla was a "90-day gunboat" operating with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. She participated in the closing of both Savannah and Charleston. Transferred to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron she participated in both Battles of Ft. Fisher.
Current Bid $45
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Lot 5091

U.S.S. Winona, Unadilla-Class Gunboat, cover with simple manuscript endorsement "Winona, franked with a 3¢ rose (65) with a Philadelphia c.d.s., Oct 29, 1864, and a straightline "U. S. SHIP" handstamp, to Canton, Mass.; reduced slightly at the right, just cutting into stamp, otherwise Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $75


Winona, with a complement of 114, was at New Orleans through the initial attempt to take Vicksburg. She was part of Farragut's fleet in steaming past the Vicksburg batteries, then repassed Vicksburg with the fleet and returned to New Orleans and the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. She accepted the surrender of Fort St. Philip.
Current Bid $45
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Lot 5092

U.S.S. Tahoma, Unadilla-Class Gunboat, cover addressed to "John Fornanue, U.S. Gun. Boat. Tahomah, Key. West, Fa.", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by an illegible c.d.s., the stamp affixed over an manuscript endorsement "" "Soldiers L(etter), Edwin Sch(…), Lt. Col. (…)"; cover and stamp soiled, about Fine.
Suggested Bid $65


Tahoma was commissioned in December 1861 and served the entire war with the East Gulf Blockading Squadron patrolling the Florida Coast. She captured eight vessels and destroyed two others. She was also active in destroying a number of important salt work operations.
Current Bid $45
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Lot 5093

U.S.S. Richmond, Steam Sloop of War, 3¢ pink entire (U58) addressed to "Rezeau B. Plotts, Third Asst. Engr. U.S.S. Richmond, Post Office New Orleans", canceled with a not-quite-complete Williamsport, Pa., Feb 7, 1863, c.d.s.; opened a bit roughly with a few small, lightly tone spots, Fine.
Suggested Bid $60


Richmond participated in every West Gulf Blockading Squadron undertaking - the blockade of the Mississippi; the taking of New Orleans, Port Hudson and Vicksburg; and the battle of Mobile Bay. During the war 33 crewmembers were awarded the Medal of Honor - more than any other ship.
Current Bid $60
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Lot 5094

U.S.S. Supply, Sailing Ship, cover with neatly lettered manuscript endorsement "U.S. Ship Supply, Mississippi River", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a blue May 9 Baltimore, Md. c.d.s., to Cohoes, N.Y.; opening tears at the top, contemporaneous ink stain at the lower left, stamp damaged, Fine, Supply was on the Mississippi in 1862 and 1863, .
Suggested Bid $50


Supply served as both a supply and stores ship. She participated in the Mexican-American War, the Dead Sea, Commodore Perry's Japanese and Paraguay Expeditions, and the Tripoli and Camel Corps Missions. During the Civil War she supported all of the blockading squadrons.
Current Bid $50
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Lot 5095

U.S.S. Victoria, Screw Steamer, cover addressed to "Henry A. Phelan, Act'g Master, U.S. Steamer Victoria, Norfolk, Virginia", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a very light Norwich, Con. c.d.s., F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $50


Victoria was converted to a gunboat serving the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron primarily along the North Carolina coast and inland waters. In spite of her slow speed and poor reliability, she was party to taking a number of prize ships.
Current Bid $26
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Lot 5096

U.S.S. Richmond, Steam Sloop of War, cover addressed to "Third Asst Engr, Mr. Rezeau B. Plotts, U.S.S. Richmond, West Gulf Blockading Squadron, Via New Orleans, La.", franked with a pen-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked with a manuscript "Hills Grove Pa., April 9/63"; stamp damage (apparently pre-use) and cover missing a small piece at the upper left with a tear at the upper right, otherwise Fine.
Suggested Bid $40


Richmond participated in every West Gulf Blockading Squadron undertaking - the blockade of the Mississippi; the taking of New Orleans, Port Hudson and Vicksburg; and the battle of Mobile Bay. During the war 33 crewmembers were awarded the Medal of Honor - more than any other ship.
Current Bid $40
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