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

Blockade Covers

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Lot 126

Confederate States, Blockade Mail - Outgoing, cover from the Locke Correspondence from Savannah to London and forwarded to Rome, Italy; sent under cover to Nassau, via the blockade-runner Hansa out of Wilmington, N.C., on Oct 19, then by British West Indies Line's Corsica to New York where it was posted unpaid on Nov 16 and sent on Cunard's Persia to Queenstown, arriving on Dec 11, and on to London (Dec 14); the cover was then redirected to Rome by way of Paris (Dec 15), arriving on Dec 21; multiple handstamped and manuscript rates; open on three sides, Fine to Very Fine. Walske/Trepel census number BO-Nas-48, Ex-Walske, signed Kimbrough.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $850.
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Lot 127

Confederate States, Blockade Mail - Incoming, small cover carried by the British blockade-runner Banshee, handstamped "SHIP" with a manuscript "12" (cents due), addressed to "Major Daniel E. Huger, Hendersonville, N. Carolina, C.S. America", postmarked with a partial May 29 Wilmington, N.C. c.d.s. and endorsed "favoured by Capt. Stiles"; top flap missing, repaired tear at the top, Fine. Capt. Stiles would have been a misidentification of Banshee's Capt. Steele, making the year 1863, signed Kimbrough.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

Banshee made seven successful blockade runs between the Caribbean and Wilmington before she was captured in November 1863. She was purchased by the Navy from the New York Prize Court, converted to a Gunboat and commissioned U.S.S. Banshee in June 1864. She served in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and the Potomac River Flotilla.
Realized $700.
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