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Sale 746

The "Patrick" Collection
of Naval Militaria, History & Related


Ship Covers




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Lot 1

U.S.S. Albany, Sloop of War, folded letter addressed to "Commander Chas. T. Platt, U.S.N., Commanding The Albany, Pensacola, Florida", franked with a 3-margin 3¢ orange brown (10A) tied by a Lockport, N.Y. c.d.s., Nov 21 (1851); letter from Platt's son commiserating with his father about disciplinary problems aboard Albany, indicating the son's familiarity with the crew and the problems, Very Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350

Albany was built in the 1840s for the US Navy. She was among the last of the wooden sloops powered by sail and served prominently in the Mexican War. Before and after her war service, Albany conducted surveillance and observation missions throughout the Caribbean. She, along with her crew, was lost at sea in September 1854.
Realized $100.
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Lot 2

U.S.S. Albany, Sloop of War, folded letter addressed to "Commander Charles T. Platt U.S.N., Commanding U.S. Ship Albany, Pensacola, Fla.", franked with a 3¢ copper brown (10A) tied by a Lockport, N.Y. c.d.s., Oct 30 (1851); boldly docketed "Recd - 9th Nov"; letter is family news.
Estimate $150 - 200

Albany was built in the 1840s for the U.S. Navy. She was among the last of the sail-only wooden sloops and served prominently in the Mexican War. Before and after her war service, Albany conducted surveillance and observation missions throughout the Caribbean. She, along with her entire crew, was lost at sea in September 1854.
Realized $70.
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Lot 3

U.S.S. Boston, Sloop of War, folded letter to Cincinnati datelined "On Board U.S.S. Boston, Macao Roads [an anchorage east of Macao] July 9th, 1842"; originally addressed to New York and apparently hand-carried there where it was opened and read by the original addressee; then the original address was crossed out and a new address written (front & back) and the letter was placed in the mails and postmarked with a red Dec 21 New York c.d.s. and blue manuscript "25" on the reverse, along with a new - and still intact - yellow "TWK" wax seal, Very Fine. The letter tells of sailing the South Pacific with upcoming visits to the Sandwich Islands and the "friendly Feejees".
Estimate $300 - 400

Boston was launched on 15 October 1825 and served all around the world. She returned to the U.S. in 1846 and was ordered to join Commodore Conner's Home Squadron blockading the Mexican east coast. While en route to her new station, in November 1846, she was wrecked during a squall on Eleuthera Island, Bahamas. Although the sloop was a total loss, all hands were saved.
Realized $190.
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Lot 4

S.S. Caroline Tucker, Commercial Clipper, Congdon Correspondence cover addressed to "Captain John R. Congdon, Ship Caroline Tucker, Care American Consul, Callao, Peru" horizontal pairs of the 10¢ green, type II, and 12¢ black (14, 17), the 12¢ with a right sheet margin, canceled by faint red grids with a matching Providence c.d.s., Jan 31 (probably 1857) and straightline "PAID"; endorsed "with 3 papers" and marked with a manuscript "2" indicating double weight and a (New York) manuscript "24" (cents credit); reverse with an oval "Forwarded by Crosby & Co., Callao, Peru" forwarders handstamp and an indistinct blue arrival c.d.s.; top flap missing, small stamp and cover flaws including tear at left, Fine, Ex-D. Richardson. Prepaid at double the then-current 22¢ per ½ oz. rate for mail carried by American packet to Panama followed by British packet to Peru.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE EXAMPLE OF A DOUBLE WEIGHT USE OF THE 22¢ TREATY RATE TO PERU PREPAID WITH STAMPS OF THE 1851 ISSUE—THE RATE DIDN'T GO INTO EFFECT UNTIL DECEMBER 1, 1856.

Caroline Tucker was built in Stonington, Ct., and operated all over the world.
Realized $960.
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Lot 5

U.S.S. Constellation, Frigate, folded letter addressed to "Lieut. Francis B. White, U.S.F. Constellation, Mediterranean" in care of Capt. Isaac Hull in New York; postmarks with a red "PHIL/2/OCT" c.d.s. and matching "PAID" handstamp, with additional red manuscript "12½" rate, endorsed "to be sent per Ship Alert"; the three-page family letter is from Lt. White's brother, Edwin., Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400

The 38-gun
Constellation, built in 1797, served in many conflicts including the War of 1812 and with Commodore Stephen Decatur's Squadron in the Second Barbary War in the Mediterranean, when this letter was written.
Realized $700.
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Lot 6

U.S.S. Constellation, Frigate, folded letter datelined "U. S. Frigate Constellation, off Pensacola Sept 10 1826", postmarked manuscript "Pensacola, 8th September" with matching manuscript "25" to Warren, Pa.; the letter tells of the Florida landscape and of problems with shallow water in the harbor and the"Gulph", where "the moon has no influence on the tides", Very Fine. An excellent Florida Territory cover; the writer, one Charles Wayne who would, soon after this letter was written, become a Navy surgeon, was the nephew of "Mad" Anthony Wayne.
Estimate $250 - 350

The 38-gun
Constellation, built in 1797, served in many conflicts including the War of 1812 and with Commodore Stephen Decatur's Squadron in the Second Barbary War in the Mediterranean. She also served in the Pacific and the Caribbean as part of the West Indies Squadron.
Realized $500.
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Lot 7

U.S.S. Cyane, Sloop of War, small cover addressed to "Lieut. Leonard H. Lyne, U.S.N., U. S. Sloop of War 'Cyane', Aspinwall" and endorsed "Per Steamer 'Illinois' Via Nw. York", franked with a pretty four-margin horizontal pair of 10¢ green type I (13), tied by a light 1857 Petersburg, Va. c.d.s. (month & day not struck up), long docketing notation as received Feb 15, 1857, Very Fine.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

A RARE EXAMPLE OF A NICE PAIR PAIR OF TEN-CENT TYPE I ON COVER.

Cyane operated with the Pacific Squadron protecting commerce along the western coast of the Americas. In 1863 she prevented the sloop J. M. Chapman from being used as a Confederate privateer when boarding parties from Cyane took control of the ship as it was preparing to leave San Francisco.
Realized $1,600.
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Lot 8

U.S.S. Falmouth, Sloop of War, folded letter to Philadelphia with manuscript endorsement "U.S.S. Falmouth" (in pencil) and datelined the same at Paita, Peru, May 2, 1833; on the reverse it is docketed "Paita May 4 1833, Forwd by Garcia & Girdon, Recd. at the Navy Depot 15th Sept."; once received at Washington Navy Yard, the letter was endorsed "Navy Department", franked with the signature of Secretary of the Navy, Levi Woodbury and entered the mails postmarked with a light Sep 15 City of Washington c.d.s. and matching "FREE", Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $350 - 500

Falmouth launched in 1827. She was removed from ordinary at the start of the war and moved to Aspinwall (Colon) as a stationary stores ship. She served there resupplying ships in the Caribbean that were protecting commerce until 1863 when she was sold.
Realized $200.
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Lot 9

U.S.S. Guerriere, Frigate, folded letter datelined "U. S. Frigate Guerriere, Gibraltar, November 10. 1819" and postmarked with a red Jan 29 New-Bedford, Ms. c.d.s. and a matching straightline "SHIP" with a manuscript "14½" rate, to Hartford, Vermont; letter is quite fragile and missing a small piece of the back and content, about Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300

Guerriere was launched on June 20, 1814, and attached to the Delaware Flotilla. She was transferred to serve as the flagship for Captain Stephen Decatur's squadron to serve in the United States Navy during the Second Barbary War protecting American merchant commerce from piracy from Algiers and other Barbary States. A treaty with Algiers was negotiated on board and she then led the squadron in a show of force, resulting in peace treaties with Tunis and Tripoli in the summer of 1815. She served for seven years as a schoolship at the Norfolk Naval Yard, training midshipmen before the permanent Naval Academy was established. In 1828 she was ordered out to serve as flagship for the US Navy squadron headed for duties in the Pacific. She was decommissioned in 1831 and remained in ordinary in the Naval Yard until broken up in 1841.
Realized $140.
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Lot 10

U.S.S. Independence, Ship of the Line, folded letter datelined "U. S. Frigate Independence, July 10th [1839], Rio de Janeiro", sent as an enclosure to Washington D.C., the address leaf postmarked with a straightline "SHIP", a Sep 7 Boston c.d.s. and a manuscript "27", all in red; the letter, in which the writer tells of having been in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, and address leaf are brittle and split along folds, the letter partially repaired, otherwise Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200

Independence was a ship of the line, but unlike her sister ships, she was cut down and refitted as a large frigate. She served as flagship for the Brazilian, Mediterranean and Pacific Squadrons. In 1857 she became the receiving ship for Mare Island, serving there until 1912.
Realized $100.
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Lot 11

U.S.S. John Adams, Frigate, folded letter datelined "U S Ship John Adams, Fernandina, Amelia Island, Jany. 5th 1818", sent free to the Postmaster at Batavia, N.Y. with manuscript "Free" and illegible franking signature dated Jan 10; entered the mails at Washington D.C. with a brown Jan 21 "WASHN. CITY" and matching handstamped "FREE". The writer, one Ben Follett, provides interesting contradictory Slavery content, joking about perhaps "falling in love" at an upcoming social event, "…if I can find a marriageable Plantation with 100 or 150 Negroes on it, and a pretty girl at the head of the whole concern." And later, when relating the capture of a "patriot Privateer" with her "prize", a Spanish Slave Schooner, and after observing the terrible physical condition of the captive slaves, he writes, "If there is any such place as Hell, Slave traders, in my opinion, will occupy a warm corner in it.", Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200

John Adams was commissioned in 1799. She had a long and storied career including obtaining the surrender of Amelia Island from French Privateer Commodore Louis-Michel Aury just before this letter was written. During the Civil War she served in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. She was the flagship for the inner blockade at Charleston until the city was evacuated and she entered the harbor.
Realized $250.
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Lot 12

U.S.S. Missouri, Side-Wheel Frigate, folded address leaf docketed "Wm B Tremain to D. Green, Crew of U.S.S. Missouri, Ansd 3 Feb 1842", postmarked with a red Jan 28 "New-York Ship/7 cts" c.d.s., to General Duff Green in Washington D.C., Very Fine. Correspondence from the first U.S.S. Missouri is very rare, given its less than two years of service time.
Estimate $150 - 200

Missouri, commissioned early in 1841, crossed the Atlantic on a diplomatic voyage in August 1843 - the first transatlantic crossing by an American steam-powered warship. While anchored at Gibraltar, a crewman accidentally caused a fire in the storeroom. The flames spread rapidly, making it necessary to abandon ship and, after burning for more than four hours, causing the forward powder magazine to explode, completely destroying the ship.
Realized $100.
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Lot 13

U.S.S. Raritan, Frigate, cover with manuscript endorsement "Raritan, Rio de Janeiro, Sept 6th 1845", postmarked with a nice strike of a red Oct 27 "New-York Ship/7 cts" c.d.s., to Kingston, R.I., Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200

Raritan was built in 1820 but not launched until 1843. She served in the South Atlantic as flagship for Commodore Daniel Turner until returning to the United States in November 1845. She operated with the Home Squadron as it blockaded the east coast of Mexico and supported Army forces during the war with Mexico. She joined Potomac in landing 500 men at Point Isabel to reinforce that military depot in May 1846. In 1849 she served as flagship of the West Indies Squadron, then as flagship for the Home Squadron. She was then transferred to the Pacific to cruise between Panama and Cape Horn. In 1852 she was placed in ordinary at Norfolk, where she remained until she was destroyed by Union forces April 20, 1861, as they evacuated the Navy Yard.
Realized $72.
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Lot 14

U.S.S. Raritan, Frigate, folded letter addressed to "Passd. Midshipn. Robert Townsend, Frigate Raritan, Rio de Janeiro, South America, Care of Naval Lyceum, Brooklyn, N.Y., the letter is from Townsend's mother and is datelined Albany, N.Y., August 17, 1844; it is marked with a penciled "Paid" but no Albany postmark; handstamped with a partial "U S NAVAL LYCEUM" Full-Rigged Ship oval; in the meantime, Midshipman Townsend had transferred from the Raritan to the Porpoise so the cover was returned to New York via Annapolis with all the original routing crossed off, including the penciled "Paid", with a red Mar 13 (1844) Annapolis c.d.s., a matching straightline "SHIP" and a manuscript "20¾" with another light, but virtually complete strike of the "U S NAVAL LYCEUM" oval on the reverse (along with some some contemporaneous pencil notes; bit of ink erosion where the "Care of…" endorsement is crossed out, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750

Raritan was built in 1820 but not launched until 1843. She served in the South Atlantic as flagship for Commodore Daniel Turner until returning to the United States in November 1845. She operated with the Home Squadron, then as flagship of the West Indies Squadron, and again with the Home Squadron, this time as flag ship. She was then transferred to the Pacific for a year, then, in 1852 retired at Norfolk, where she remained until she was destroyed by Union forces as they evacuated the Navy Yard.

Robert Townsend, the addressee, eventually rose to the rank of Captain and had a highly successful career with the Union Navy during the Civil War.

Realized $300.
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Lot 15

U.S.S. Shark, Schooner, folded letter datelined "U. S. Schooner Shark, Corfu [Ionian Islands] July 30th 1836" with a red "PHILa/ 6/ OCT" octagon and matching, lightly struck "SHIP" with a red manuscript "23¾" rate; sent care of the U.S. Consul to Newport, R.I.; letter is 3½ partly cross-written pages from a sailor to his wife telling of the voyage, cholera in Trieste, etc; bit of wax seal damage, Fine to Very Fine. A rare point of origin; the rate was 18¾¢ to Newport plus the 2¢ ship fee.
Estimate $250 - 350

Shark was built in the Washington Navy Yard and launched on May 17, 1821. She sailed August 7 to make her first cruise for the suppression of the slave trade and piracy, arriving in Sierra Leone in October and then returned to New York January 1, 1822. In February of the same year she joined Commodore James Biddle's squadron and continued her work on the suppression of slave trading and piracy from the West Indies to Africa. In 1832 she was assigned to the Pacific Squadron and set sail from Hampton Roads. She was the first United States man-of-war to pass through the Straits of Magellan from east to west, December 13, 1839, en route to Callao, Peru. During the next five years, she spent much of her time along the coast of Peru to protect American citizens and property during civil disturbances in that country. She sank after hitting a shoal near the mouth of the Columbia River in September 1846.
Realized $140.
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