Lot 1851840 (Jul. 28) Glasgow, Scotland to Salem, N.Y., datelined folded letter with red "Glasgow, Paid, Jy 28, 1840" boxed datestamp and red manuscript "8d" prepaid ship rating, reverse choice red strike of crowned "Ship Letter / 30 JY 1840 /Liverpool" handstamp, carried as endorsed by the British and American Steam Company's President departing Liverpool Aug. 1st to New York arriving Aug. 17th, red "New-York, Ship, Aug 13" cds and manuscript. "20½" cents due rating for 18½¢ inland plus 2¢ ship fee, Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750.
A SCARCE USE CARRIED ON THE MAIDEN VOYAGE OF THE PIONEER STEAMSHIP "PRESIDENT".
The "President" of 2,366 tons was built at Carling & Young's London yard in 1840 for The British and American Steam Navigation Company. Left from London on her maiden voyage to New York on the 1st August 1840 arriving on the 18th. On the "President"'s fourth return voyage from New York she was lost without trace on the 11th March 1841 with the loss of 136 lives. This would bankrupt the British and American Steam Navigation Co.
Lot 1861840 (Sep. 30) Liverpool, England to New York, N.Y., datelined folded letter with red orange crowned-oval "Ship Letter/Liverpool" rimless cds and matching "8" pence handstamp for prepaid 8d ship letter rate, carried by the British and American Steam Company's President departing Liverpool Oct. 1st to New York arriving Oct. 18th, New York manuscript "6" cents due for ship fee, Very Fine, ex-Needs.
Estimate $200 - 300.
The second of three voyages by "President", went missing on her third voyage homeward, and was presumed lost.
Lot 1871847 (Apr. 5) London, England to New York, N.Y., datelined folded letter with enclosure endorsed "per Sarah Sands", red "Paid, Ship Letter, 5 AP, London" crowned oval and matching Maltese cross datestamp with manuscript "8" pence rating, carried on the Red Cross Line Sarah Sands from Liverpool Apr. 6th to New York arriving Apr. 29th, New York manuscript "6" cents due rating for delivery at the port., fresh and Very Fine, An exception cover carried on this historical steamship.
Estimate $250 - 350.
"Sarah Sands" was the world's second large iron ship, and one of the world's earliest ocean-going screw steamers. She was chartered by the Red Cross Line from Australian service. This was her second transatlantic voyage.
Lot 1881839 (Dec. 12) Richmond, Va. to Liverpool, England, folded letter with red "Richmond Va. Dec. 12" cds and matching "Paid" h.s. with red manuscript "18¾" cent rating for postage to New York, reverse with matching red "Steam" and "Paid" h.s. with manuscript "25" rating for freight money fee, carried by Transatlantic S.S. Co. Liverpool from New York Dec. 15 to Liverpool arriving Jan. 11, "Liverpool/Ship Letter" backstamp with "8" pence due rating for ship fee, F.-V.F., Carried on the Final Return Voyage of the Transatlantic S.S. Co. "Liverpool" and the first sailing showing the uniform 8d rate.
Estimate $150 - 200.
"Liverpool" put into Fayal, Azores on Dec. 31st for coal. She departed there on Jan. 4th in the evening for Liverpool according to John Pollock, the Liverpool agent for the Line.
Lot 1891840 (Dec. 4) Baltimore, Md. to Rotterdam, Netherlands, folded letter showing red "Baltimore, Md. Dec 4" cds with manuscript "18¾" and "25" ratings for 18¾¢ inland postage and 25¢ steamship freight money fee, red "New York Dec 10" cds and matching "Too Late" handstamp, carried by Havre Line Formosa from New York Dec. 16 to Havre arriving Jan. 12, red Havre arrival cds, Rotterdam (1.16) arrival backstamp and manuscript "80" Dutch cents due rating, F.-V.F., A scarce freight money letter via France to Rotterdam, ex-Winter.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Letter endorsed for the steamship Great Western from New York, however it arrived at New York the day after the steamship sailed. It was marked with a red handstamp "TOO LATE" and placed on the next sailing packet for France. The New York postmaster normally returned unused freight money fees to the origin post office. Letter marked for 80 Dutch Cents postage due, 50 Cents French transit and 30 Cents for Dutch transit from Bergen to Rotterdam. Letter considered a freight money cover even though it was transported across the Atlantic on a vessel that did not charge the freight money fee.
Lot 1901844 (Oct. 14) New Orleans, Originating from Veracruz, Mexico to London, England via New Orleans and New York, folded cover with Vera-Cruz (10.14) backstamp, showing blue "New Orleans, La. Oct 26" cds with matching "Ship" handstamp with "6" cent due rating for ship fee, reverse with "Forwarded by Ambrose Lanfear, New Orleans" backstamp, agent reposted and shows "Paid" handstamp with "1.00" and "1.00" ratings for 4x 25¢ freight money fee and 4x 25¢ inland postage, carried by Great Western from New York Nov. 4th to Liverpool arriving Nov. 23rd, "Liverpool Ship, 23 NO 1844" and London (10.23) backstamps, London "1" rating corrected to "8" pence for single uniform 8d ship fee, Very Fine, ex-Winter.
Estimate $400 - 600.