Lot 4393(Canada Cross-Border Steamboat Mail) 1870 (Jul. 27) Portland Me. to Acadia Mines, Nova Scotia, cover bearing 1869, 6¢ ultramarine tied by cork cancel duplexed with "Portland Me. Jul 27" cds, endorsed "pr Steam Mail via St. John N.B.", reverse with St. Johns (7.29.1870) and New Glasgow (7.30) transits; reduced slightly at right, minor filing holes, Very Fine.
Scott No. 115 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 4394(Canada Cross-Border Steamboat Mail) Steam-Boat Letter, Quebec, AU 5, 1852, crisp strike of rimless cds and matching "6d" circled rating handstamp on blue folded letter to New York City, red Montreal (8.6) transit backstamp, red "Canada" arc exchange handstamp, U.S. "10" cent due rating handstamp overstriking the 6d rating; light horizontal fold, choice and Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 4395(New England Coast) Steamer Katahdin, sharp strike of blue Apr. 19, 1867 cds ties 1861, 3¢ rose (65), small flaws, on orange cover to Bucksport Mass., Boston company corner card handstamp and endorsed "Freight"; reduced at right, F.-V.F.
Milgram No. 741 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 4396(Fall River, Mass.) Steam, clear strike of straightline handstamp on buff cover to Camden Me., bearing 1852, 3¢ dull red, position 9R3, margins to cutting, tied by "Fall River Ms. Jan 7" cds, Very Fine, ex-Wagshal; Chase notes on reverse.
Scott No. 11 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 4397(New York to Aspinwall Route) P.M.S.S. Henry Chauncey, blue circular handstamp on folded letter datelined "Bogota 7 Julio 1875" from the Lanman & Kemp correspondence to New York, black "New-York, Due 5 Cts., Oct 24" cds; two light vertical file folds, Very Fine, The listing example in Milgram on page 340.
Milgram No. 596A Estimate $500 - 750.
THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE "HENRY CHAUNCEY" SHIP CACHET.
The Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company operated fleets on both the west coast and east coast routes for their contracts for the San Francisco to New York mails. Although the contract ended in 1869, the PMSSC continued to use the steamships for the trans-Panama business with South America. The "Henry Chauncey" of 2,656 tons was built by William H. Webb's yard at New York in 1864 and entered service on the New York to Aspinwall route in November 1865.
Lot 4398(New York via Bermuda to Cuba) "Fah Kee", manuscript endorsement on folded letter datelined "Santiago de Cuba 19 May 1866" from the Lanman & Kemp correspondence to New York City, the Fah Kee arrived May 27th and "Steamship 10" cent due rating circular handstamp struck, fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 4399(New York via Bermuda to Cuba) U.S. Mail Steamship Fah Kee, shield handstamp struck on flap of 1866 folded letter datelined "St Jago de Cuba 24th July 1866" from the Lanman & Kemp correspondence to New York City, endorsed pr "Fah Kee", Brooks & Co. origin cachet, "N.Y. Steamship '10' Aug 3" arrival cds, Very Fine, Only eleven examples of this vessel cachet have been recorded, nine being struck on reverse.
Milgram No. 434 Estimate $300 - 400.
In 1865, Waydell & Co. were awarded the contract for the post road from New York via Bermuda to Santiago de Cuba. The single screw steamer "Fah Kee" of 699 tons built at Greenpoint N.Y. was employed on this service from October 1865 to mid 1868.
Lot 4400(New York via Bermuda to Cuba) U.S. Mail Steamship Fah Kee, bold strike of "Feb 17, 1866, St. Jago" shield handstamp on flap of folded letter datelined "Cuba y Feb. 16 1866" from the Lanman & Kemp correspondence to New York City, Fah Kee arrived in New York on Feb. 25th (N.Y. Times) and black "Steamship 10" cent due rating circular handstamp, fresh and Very Fine.
Milgram No. 434 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
On August 10th 1865 Capt. John Sterling purchased for $65,000 the wooden screw steamer "Fah Kee" from the U.S. Quartermasters. He contracted with New York's Waydell & Co. to run a regular mail packet from New York to St. Jago de Cuba. The contract with Waydell was run under the provisions of the Foreign Mails act of 1845 but only lasted three years as opposed to the normal ten years of the Act. The vessel was sold to the Bermuda authorities in 1868.
Lot 4401(Delaware, Lackawanna & Western R.R. Co., Cayuga Lake Route 1387) Cayuga Lake Nov 5, clear strike of cds on circa 1873 cover bearing 3¢ green (147) from Union Springs N.Y. to Ithaca N.Y., slight opening fault, fresh and Very Fine. Scott No. 147.
Towle No. F-9-a Estimate $200 - 300.
A route was first contracted with the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Rail Road as Route 1359 in February 1860 $3,128 a year for six trips a week. The route from Cayuga to Ithaca was by steamboat with a transfer to rail cars for Oswego. In 1865, the contract was renewed as Route 1387 with twelve trips a week at $975 a week.