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Sale 746

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


Ship Covers




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Lot 136

U.S.S. Alaska, Sloop of War, cover with a purple handstamped "U. S. S. ALASKA" corner card, to West Philadelphia, Pa. and franked with a 5¢ blue (185) tied by a neat New York Station "I" duplex, Oct 16, 1881; minor opening flaws at the bottom, otherwise Very Fine, Ex-Knapp.
Estimate $150 - 200

Alaska was commissioned in 1869 and sailed to the Far East where she joined the Asiatic Squadron in a visit to Korea to secure a treaty on opening the Kingdom to the West. She participated in the Battle of Ganghwa, helping to secure three Korean forts after they fired upon American vessels. She served in the European Squadron from 1873 to 1876 and the Pacific squadron from 1878 to 1883 and finally carried out hydrographic surveys and sounding of the Alaska Deep and Alaska Rise. She was decommissioned and sold in 1883.
Realized $250.
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Lot 137

U.S.S. Canandaigua, Screw Sloop, cover addressed to "Surgeon, Edward Shippen U.S.N., U.S. Ship 'Canandaigua'" in care of Jno. Munroe & Co. in Paris, France, franked with 2¢, 3¢ & 10c 1861-66 Issues (73, 65, 68) tied by target cancels and postmarked Belvidere, N.J., Aug 10, 1866; there is a faint Aug 11 New York exchange office c.d.s., an Aug 22 Calais entry c.d.s., and a boxed "PD", all in red, and a faint Aug 25 Paris backstamp; the onion skin envelope is remarkably well-preserved, missing just a tiny piece of the upper left corner on the front, Fine to Very Fine, and quite attractive.
Estimate $150 - 200

Canandaigua served with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the Civil War. She participated in the long series of attacks on positions in Charleston harbor during 1863 and 1864. From 1865 to 1869 she cruised with the European Station. She served in the West Indies and Gulf of Mexico with the North Atlantic Station from 1872 until 1875, when she was decommissioned.
Realized $250.
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Lot 138

U.S.S. Hartford, Screw Sloop of War, cover addressed to "Lieut. Fred G. Hyde, U.S. Navy, U. S. Flag Ship Hartford, Care U. S. Consul, Rio Janeiro, Brazil", franked with a pair of cork-canceled 5¢ blue (185) and postmarked Oakland, Cal., Feb 27 (1879) with a red Mar 4 "London/Paid" transit c.d.s. and an Apr 14 Rio backstamp, Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200

Hartford served admirably during the Civil War. In July 1865 she became the flagship of the Asiatic Squadron and served until 1868. She was recommissioned to join the Asiatic Squadron in 1872 and served there until 1875. In 1882 she became flagship of the North Atlantic Squadron, then cruised in the Pacific until decommissioning in 1887. She was rebuilt and recommissioned in October 1899, then transferred to the Atlantic coast to be used as a cruise ship for training midshipmen until October 1912 when she was transferred to Charleston, for use as a station ship. She was decommssion in 1926 and eventually towed to Norfolk Navy Yard where she sank at her berth.
Realized $120.
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Lot 139

U.S.S. Hartford, Screw Sloop of War, blue double-lined circle handstamped corner card "U.S.SHIP./HARTFORD", illustrated with a full-rigged three-masted ship on a small cover with manuscript endorsement "Ship's Letter" and postmarked with a clear New York "Due/5/Cents" binocular handstamp, Dec 20, 1878, to Washington D.C. (to the wife of Lt Cmdr. (later Rear Admiral) Purnell Frederick Harrington) and backstamped with a purple Dec 21 "Carrier" c.d.s. An exceedingly rare illustrated ship's handstamp.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

Hartford was the flagship of Farragut's West Gulf Blockading Squadron at New Orleans, Mobile Bay and on the Mississippi up to Vicksburg. Twelve of her crewmen were awarded the Medal of Honor. She was flagship of the Asiatic Squadron from 1872 until 1875, the North Atlantic Squadron until March 1884, and in the Pacific until decommissioned in 1887. She was later rebuilt and recommissioned, serving variously as a training and cruise ship for midshipmen, and a station ship at Charleston. She was decommissioned 1926 and eventually towed to Norfolk Navy Yard where she sank at her berth.
Realized $480.
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Lot 140

U.S.S. Lancaster, Screw Sloop of War, blue "rope"-framed oval handstamp "U.S. FLAG-SHIP/LANCASTER/JUN 25 1871" on a cover to New Haven, Ct. postmarked with a Jun 28 "N.Y. STEAMSHIP/10" c.d.s.; there is an additional, not-quite-complete strike of the blue oval on the reverse; most of top flap missing with a small sealed tear at the top, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400

Lancaster was the flagship of the Pacific Squadron during the Civil War. After the war she served in the North Atlantic, then was flagship of the European Squadron from 1881 until 1889. In 1891 she served in the Far East on the Asiatic Squadron and in 1895 she was moved to the South Atlantic Squadron. In 1898, at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, she was recommissioned to serve as a station ship at Key West. Later she served as a gunnery training ship, then as a receiving ship in Philadelphia and finally as a quarantine detention ship for U.S. Public Health.
Realized $129.
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Lot 141

U.S.S. Louisville, City-Class Ironclad Gunboat, choice strike "STEAMER/VICKSBURG" blue boxed handstamp (Milgram 1413) on an exceptionally clean 3¢ pink entire (U58) to New Orleans, La., endorsed "Per Steamer 'Vicksburg' " at the upper left, Very Fine, Ex-Hugh Feldman.
Estimate $500 - 750

The steamer
Vicksburg began life in 1861 as the U.S.S. Louisville. She was at Fort Donelson, Memphis, Vicksburg and the Red River. In July 1865 she was decommissioned and sold at public auction to Daniel T. Head, who renamed her Vicksburg and ran her between Vicksburg and New Orleans. She was destroyed by fire in July 1869.
Realized $240.
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Lot 142

U.S.S. Mayflower, Screw Tug, cover addressed to "Pay Master S. Rand U.S.N., U.S.S. 'Mayflower', Care American Consul, Vera Cruz, Mexico", franked with a cork-canceled 10¢ 1869 Pictorial (116), postmarked Portsmouth, N.H., Dec 27 (1870) and endorsed "Per Steamer from New York"; reduced slightly at the right, Fine to Very Fine. This letter was sent when Mayflower was surveying the isthmus at Tehuantepec, Mexico, for a possible inter-oceanic canal.
Estimate $300 - 400

Mayflower was acquired by the U.S. Navy at the end of the American Civil War. She performed a variety of duties, including survey work along the New England and mid-Atlantic coasts of the United States and served as a dispatch ship. She led the expedition to Tehuantepec, Mexico, to survey the isthmus for a possible inter-oceanic canal. On completion of her official duties, she was recommissioned and issued to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis for use as a training ship from 1876 to 1892.
Realized $550.
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Lot 143

U.S.S. Mohican, Screw Sloop of War, clear violet oval handstamped corner card "U.S.S., MOHICAN,/APR 30 1892" on a cover to Burlington, Vt., franked with a 2¢ carmine (220) tied by a very light May 1 Olympia, Wash. duplex with a May 6 Burlington backstamp, Fine to Very Fine. A rare handstamped ship's corner card.
Estimate $200 - 300

Mohican was commissioned in 1885 and spent her entire term of service in the Pacific, at one point surveying Easter Island for the Smithsonian Institution. She made two voyages to Hawaii to protect American interests during the Spanish-American War. She ended her career as a station, receiving ship and sub tender in the Philippines until her decommissioning in 1921.
Realized $96.
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Lot 144

U.S.S. Monocacy, Side-Wheel Gunboat, 1869 cover addressed to "1st Asst. Engineer, E.J. Whitaker U.S.N., U. S. Steamer Monocacy, Care of Thos. Hunt & Co., Hong Kong, China", franked with a cork-canceled 10¢ green F. grill (96) and postmarked with a light Sep 10 Sackets Harbor, N.Y. c.d.s. and a red "San Francisco, Paid All, Oct 3" exchange office c.d.s.; reduced slightly at the left, Fine to Very Fine. This cover would have been carried from San Francisco on the Pacific Mail Steamship Company's China, departing Oct. 4, 1869, and arriving at Hong Kong on Nov. 8.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

Monocacy served in the Asiatic Squadron from 1867 until 1903. During her time with the squadron she surveyed the Inland Sea between Nagasaki and Osaka to locate appropriate sites for lighthouses; she patrolled off the coast of Japan; she charted the Yangtze River and was part of a five-ship survey expedition of the Salee River in Korea. In 1900 she became involved in the Boxer Rebellion and captured seven small craft off Tongku, China. She was sold to Japan in 1903.
Realized $650.
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Lot 145

U.S.S. Monongahela, Screw Sloop of War, blue double-circle datestamp "U.S.SHIP/MONONGAHELA, Jul 15, 1884" on a cover franked with a cork-canceled 2¢ red brown (210) and postmarked with a Jul 14 Vallejo, Cal. c.d.s. (the day slug had probably not been changed to "15"), to Burlington, Vt. and backstamped there on Jul 21., Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300

Monongahela was with Farragut at New Orleans and Mobile Bay. After the war she was assigned to the West Indies Squadron, during which duty she was landed "high and dry" 100 yards inland by a tsunami that hit St. Croix in November 1867. After repairs she spent three years in the South Atlantic Squadron, followed by duty as a training ship and service with the Asiatic Squadron until decommissioned in 1879. In 1883 she was converted to a supply ship, her rig converted to a bark, and then served variously as a training ship and a Naval Academy practice ship until 1904, when she began serving as a storeship at Guantanamo Bay. She remained there until she was completely destroyed by fire in March 1908.
Realized $250.
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Lot 146

U.S.S. Narragansett, Screw Sloop, 1871 cover to New York City with manuscript endorsement "Ship's Letter, U.S.S. Narragansett, at Callao, Peru, S.A. July 22nd", franked with a 3¢ green (147) tied by an Aug 13 "N. YORK/STEAMSHIP" c.d.s. with an manuscript "Due 7"; stamp with perforation faults due to edge placement, cover open on three sides, Fine. Includes the original, quite easily read 11-page letter, a fascinating account of the ship's voyage, which began in New York on March 21 and, according to the writer, is expected to finish in San Francisco on September 1, after having "sailed from 18,000 to 20,000 miles.".
Estimate $200 - 300

Narragansett, commissioned in 1859, left Norfolk in March 1860 and spent the entire Civil War in the Pacific, protecting U.S. mail ships from Confederate raiders. In and out of service from 1865 until 1871, she again sailed the Pacific until 1874. She was decommissioned in 1875 and finally, in 1883, sold.
Realized $170.
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Lot 147

U.S.S. Olympia, multicolor Spanish-American War Patriotic postcard featuring Admiral Dewey and his Flagship Olympia, franked with a 2¢ pink (267a) tied by a week "Mil. Sta. No. 1, Philippine Isls., San Francisco" target duplex, Jan 10, 1899 and mailed to Singapore with a clear Jan 16 receiving c.d.s., Very Fine. A very scarce usage.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $275.
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Lot 148

U.S.S. Quinnebaug, Screw Corvette, 1885 cover addressed to "Lieutenant C.S. Sperry U.S.N., U.S.S. Quinnebaug" in care of U.S. Despatch Agent, B.F. Stevens in London, franked with a cork-canceled 5¢ brown (205) with an illegible "…RIV RT." c.d.s. alongside, backstamped New York, Jan 5(?), with three different Jan 19 London markings and B.F. Stevens "UNITED STATES/DESPATCH AGENT" oval of the same date; forwarded by Stevens to Villefranche sur Mer, France with a Jan 20 "Calais à Paris" entry c.d.s. and an illegible Villefranche backstamp, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200

Quinnebaug was commissioned in October 1878 and set sail for Gibraltar in January of 1879 after fitting out at Norfolk. She served a decade in the European Station operating mostly in the Mediterranean. She returned to the New York Navy Yard in June of 1889 where she was decommissioned and then sold in March of 1891.
Realized $72.
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Lot 149

U.S.S. Shenandoah, Screw Sloop, 1866 cover addressed to "John F. Kingsley, Act. 3d Ast. Engr., USS Shenandoah, Bahia, Brazil", franked with cork-canceled 10¢ green & three 12¢ black (68, 69) and postmarked with a light Feb 17 Tioga, Pa. c.d.s., a red Feb 21 "N. York Br. Pkt., …Paid" and a red Mar 5 London/Paid c.d.s. with a red handstamped "40" credit; reduced somewhat at the left, one 12¢ with a straight edge, Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750

Shenandoah was commissioned in June 1865 and cruised from the Carolinas to Key West searching for blockade-runners. She played an important role in both Battles of Fort Fisher. She was decommissioned and recommissioned four times between 1865 and 1883, spending time in South American and Asian waters in 186569, then the European Station (187074) and the South Atlantic Squadron (187982) before being decommissioned for the final time in 1886.
Realized $200.
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Lot 150

U.S.S. Yorktown, Gunboat, cover from Dagupan, Philippines to Ithaca, N.Y. with a magenta handstamped "U. S. S. Yorktown" corner card, franked with a pair of 2¢ red (214) tied by a Dagupan duplex c.d.s. Jan 4 (1901), backstamped Ithaca on Feb 11, Fine to Very Fine, Ex-Rawlins.
Estimate $200 - 300

Yorktown was launched in April of 1888 and joined the Squadron of Evolution. She detached from that squadron at Valparaíso, Chile, during the 1891 Baltimore Crisis and relieved Baltimore at that port. She then took part in the joint BritishAmerican sealing patrol in Alaskan waters and served on the Asiatic Station before returning to the United States in 1898. Between 1899 and 1902, she took part in the PhilippineAmerican War and the Boxer Rebellion. She was decommissioned in 1919 and sold in 1921.
Realized $170.
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