Lot 4108(Route 6102) Steamer Gipsy, red oval handstamp on 1854 cover to New Orleans La., endorsed "Fm W.V. Babin Sheriff 30 Mar /54" who was Sheriff at St. Francisville La., entered mails with red "New Orleans La. Apr 1" cds and black "Steam 5" rating; minor tear at right, some tape on reverse, Very Fine, ex-Klein-Somdal, Clippert.
Milgram No. 510 Estimate $200 - 300.
The "Gipsy" of 298 tons was built at Louisville, Kentucky in 1848 and ran the New Orleans to Bayou Sara trade under Capt. James H. Ure. She was burnt and lost at Torras, Louisiana on 7th December 1854.
Lot 4109(Route 6102) Steamer St. Charles, red boxed handstamp with shaded St. Charles lettering, on blue folded letter datelined "New Orleans Decr. 6. 1851" and addressed to Plaquemine La. that was located 112 miles up river from New Orleans on the 165 route to St. Francisville, previously unrecorded Plaquemine red "Steam 5" rating; folds have been non-archivally taped, Very Fine and rare marking, ex-John A. Eggen, Clippert.
Milgram No. 1301 Estimate $600 - 800.
The "St. Charles" of 311 tons was built at Cincinnati in 1850 for Samuel Applegate and others for the Red River trade. From this cover it is probable that Applegate ran her to St. Francisville. Contracted by the trip, Route 6102 connected the port for St. Francisville (Bayou Sara) with New Orleans between 1849 and June 1858.
Lot 4110(Route 6164) From Steamer Capitol, colorless embossed oval on 3¢ red Nesbitt buff entire from Carroll Hoy correspondence to New Orleans La., entered mails with "New Orleans La Aug 13 1859" cds and matching "Steamboat" straightline; some cover creasing, accompanied by Steamer Capitol (Milgram 174) red oval handstamp on 3¢ red Nesbitt buff entire from Carroll Hoy correspondence to New Orleans La., some creasing and usual filing holes, Fine exhibit pair.
Milgram No. 173, 174 Estimate $300 - 400.
THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS EMBOSSED PACKET MARKING.
Only two embossed name-of-boat cachets are recorded by Milgram. One was used on the "Capitol" in 1859., the unique example offered here with an incomplete strike caused by an overlap.
Lot 4111(Route 7305) Bayou Sara Packet Laurel Hill, red oval handstamp on circa 1857 orange buff cover from the Carroll Hoy correspondence to New Orleans La., bearing 3¢ dull red (26) tied by "Way" handstamp, matching partial "New Orleans La. Nov 25" cds; usual filing hole, small top edge and flap tears, Very Fine.
Milgram No. 774 Estimate $300 - 400.
Bayou Sara was the Mississippi River port serving St. Francisville. In February 1855, John A. Cotton and Joseph G. Landry were awarded the contract for Route 7305 for a three times a week service between the port of Bayou Sara servicing St. Francisville and New Orleans for $25,000 per annum. The contract was renewed in 1858 at $33,400 per annum.
Lot 4112(Route 8003) N.O. & Bayou Sara Packet Welcome, blue oval handstamp on 3¢ pink entire (U58) from the Carroll Hoy correspondence to New Orleans La., endorsed "with 13 Bales cotton", pencil "Perdido" directs letter to Joseph Hoy's establishment at 38 Perdido St.; usual filing holes, Very Fine.
Milgram No. 1445 Estimate $100 - 150.
After the Civil War, the contact for New Orleans to St. Francisville was awarded as Route 8003 to Phoebe Ann Drury at $2,912 a year for two a week service.