Lot 2590New York to Rotterdam 1835 via New York and London Forwarders and Scarce Dartmouth Ship Letter. Very fine forwarding agent's cachet of Hudson's News Room, New York on reverse, displays very nicely, Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 2591Pioneer Steamship "Great Western" Maiden Return Voyage, New York May 7th - Bristol May 22nd 1838. Entire dated "Office of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Company, Washington May 5.1838" and addressed to London. Paid the "37½" cents inland rate to New York and put onto the Great Western on day of sailing. At Bristol letter rated as a double at "3/-" being 2 x 8d. ship letter plus 2 x 10d inland Bristol to London with arrival stamp for May 23rd on reverse. Atlantic transit of 15 days; file fold, Very Fine.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
Lot 2592Pioneer Steamship "Sirius" Maiden Return Voyage, New York May 1st - Falmouth May 18th 1838. Entire dated "New York April 30 - 1836" and endorsed "P Steamer Sirius" and landed at Falmouth as a Ship Letter. Charged "3/4" being a double sheet rate of 2 x 8d. ship letter plus 2 x 1/- inland to London. Atlantic transit of 17 days, Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 2593Pioneer Steamship "British Queen" Maiden Voyage. Two covers; Maiden Outbound Voyage, Liverpool July 11th - New York July 28th 1839, Entire dated "Liverpool 9th July 1839" and bearing a faint "PAID AT LIVERPOOL". Endorsed "per British Queen Steamship" and sent to Portsmouth to be put onto the vessel. Addressed to Philadelphia and charged "12½" cents for the 82 miles New York to Philadelphia. Atlantic transit of 17 days
Maiden Return Voyage, New York August 1st - Portsmouth August 15th 1839, Wrapper posted at Philadelphia 31st July 1839 and endorsed "Per British Queen" and "Treble" addressed to London. Prepaid $1.12½ as a Freight Money Letter at Philadelphia being 3 x 12½ cents (37½ cents) for under 150 miles Philadelphia to New York plus 3 x 25 cents (75 cents) Freight Money by steamship. On arrival the "PORTSMOUTH / SHIP LETTER" was applied and a charge of "2/8" made up of 2 x 8d. ship letter plus 2 x 8d. to London, the British PO deciding it to be a double sheet letter. Atlantic transit of 14 days; slight toning on former entire, Very Fine.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Lot 2594Pioneer Atlantic Steamship "Royal William", Final Voyage. Entire dated "New York 15th Jany 1839" addressed to Sheffield, Yorkshire and endorsed "Single per Royal William". Reverse bears the "LIVERPOOL / SHIP LETTER" type S14 and carried in the By-Post directly to Sheffield without any further transit stamps. Charged 1 Shilling 5 Pence ("1/5") being 8 pence ship letter rate plus 9 pence for 65 to 95 mileage band inland., Very Fine.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
The letter was carried on the third and final Atlantic crossing leaving New York 16th January 1839 and arriving Liverpool 3rd February.
Lot 2595Pioneer Steamship "Great Western", New York - Bristol of 1839. Entire dated "Boston Jul 30 - 1839" carried privately to New York to be put on the Great Western" which left on the 31st July for Bristol. Arrived Bristol on 14th August to receive the "BRISTOL / SHIP LETTER" Reverse bears a London morning arrival stamp for 15th August. Charged "1/6" being 8d. ship letter fee plus 10d. inland. Atlantic transit of 16 days., Very Fine and choice.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 2596Pioneer Steamship "British Queen", Arrival During 4d. Post Period, New York December 9th - Gravesend December 25th 1839. Entire dated "New Orleans 20 Nobr 1839" endorsed "per British Queen" addressed to London and forwarded at New York by Collomb & Iselin. Charged 25 cents inland at New York, on arrival at Gravesend charged 1/- sea rate. Reverse bears forwarding agents cachet, "SHIP LETTER / GRAVESEND" (Tabeart S8) and London arrival of December 26th 1839. Atlantic transit of 14 days; file folds, Very Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 2597Pioneer Steamship "President" Maiden Voyage. Two covers; Maiden Voyage Westbound, London August 1st 1840 - New York August 18th, The entire headlined "London 30th July 1840" and addressed to Richmond, Virginia was carried as a ship letter to New York and charged 20? cents on arrival being 2 cents ship letter fee plus 18? cents single sheet inland for 150 to 400 miles.
Maiden Voyage Eastbound, New York - Liverpool September 17th 1840, Entire dated "Tampico July 12, 1840" (Mexico) and carried by the Packet Seagull to New Orleans and forwarded privately to New York. Reverse bears "Liverpool / Ship Letter "and London arrival stamp for September 18th. At Liverpool manuscript "8" applied being "8" pence ship letter including inland delivery, Very Fine.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
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.
Lot 2598S.S. Liverpool, New York - Liverpool - Glasgow 14th December 1839 - 12th January 1840. Entire headlined "New York, 14 Dec 1839" addressed to Glasgow arriving on the 13th January. The sender endorsed the letter "Liverpool" and on arrival at the port of Liverpool a charge of 1 Shilling 4 Pence was applied in manuscript. This charge was applied only 8 days after the introduction of the uniform 1d. postage rate and appears to be made up of the 1 Shilling ship letter rate plus a double weight unpaid charge of 4d., Extremely Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750.
The Transatlantic Steam Ship Company, a subsidiary of the City of Dublin Steam Ship Company was formed in 1838 and only owned one steamship, the Liverpool. Of 1150 gross tons and built by Humble & Milcrest of Liverpool in 1837 it was the first double stack ship on the Atlantic route. She completed only seven Liverpool to New York trips before the company failed.
Lot 2599Pioneer Steamship President, New York - Liverpool November 11 - 27, 1840. Folded letter to Paris carried on the second (and last completed) voyage of this ship which was lost without a trace on her third eastbound sailing. As only Cunard had a mail contract, the letter was privately carried to Liverpool where it was posted "Paid to the Frontier", routed via London and Calais to Paris, where it was rated "10" decimes to be collected, Extremely Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750.
The President was a vessel of the British & American Steam Navigation Company, which also owned the Sirius and the British Queen.