Lot 2701Vanderbilt Line Steamship "Ariel". 3¢ Nesbitt entire uprated with 1851, 3¢ dull red, pair + 17¢ black, posted at Henderson, Kentucky 30th July prepaid 29 cents of which 21 cents was the rate via France to Bavaria, Schwarzburg Sondershausen being in Thuringia which was subject to Bavarian rates. Put onto the Ariel on 8th August 1857 with rare U.S. Pkt. straight line handstamp and transferred at Southampton on 20th. Routed via Aachen (back stamped 22nd August). The cover being under ¼ ounce seems to have overpaid postage by 5 cents; slight cover soiling and reduction at left, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 11+17+U10 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Lot 2702Vanderbilt Line "North Star", New York - Southampton - Le Havre - Bremen 31st October - 15th November 1857. Entire from New Orleans dated "24th October 1857" addressed to Paris and landed at Le Havre on 14th November. Prepaid the 30 Cents treaty rate using 1857, 10¢ green, type II-III-II, vertical strip of 3 (clipped perfs at top & rounded corner at bottom left), Atlantic transit of 13, Very Fine.
Scott No. 32-33 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 2703Ocean Line?s "Hermann" Final Round Trip. Two covers; Final Outbound Voyage, Entire dated "San Francisco 19 avril 1857" addressed to Bordeaux and prepaid the newly introduced (1st April) rate of 15 cents. Routed on the Golden Age on 20th April arriving Panama 4th May, Carried by the Granada from Aspinwall arriving New York 15th May to be put onto the Hermann on the following day. Dropped at Southampton on 30th May for transfer to France. Reverse bears Paris - Bordeaux transfer for 2nd June with arrival Bordeaux the next day.
Final Homebound Voyage, 1857 Envelope originating in Marseille and routed via Lyon and Paris to Calais. Transferred to Southampton. Franked with France 1860, 80c rose, strip of four (nick in left stamp) with red New York, Paid, Jun 30 exchange and Am. Service in box postmarks; light cover wear, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 2704Galway Line?s "Propeller" Only Voyage, Galway August 21st - Boston September 3rd 1858. Entire dated "St. Johns Newfoundland 30th August 1858" addressed Boston and therefore carried on the final leg of the Propeller?s voyage to Boston. Prepaid the 4d Sterling rate and on arrival at Boston received the "BOSTON BR PKT / 5 Cts / 3 / SEP" stamp. This cover is illustrated in Hubbard & Winters "North Atlantic Mail Sailings", Atlantic Transit of 10 days, Very Fine and choice.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
The Galway Line commenced operations in June 1858 providing a service between Galway, Ireland and New York via Halifax or St. Johns.
The Company was negotiating a contract to carry the Newfoundland mails monthly and to test their capability made a trial run from Galway via St. Johns to Boston. The steamship Propeller was chartered but on the vessels return it was found to be in a "sinking condition" and the Boston service was abandoned until July 1860.
Lot 2705Vanderbilt Line "North Star", Bremen - Southampton - Le Havre - New York 19th May - 2nd June 1858. Entire dated "Hong Kong 28th March 1858" endorsed "Via Marseilles". Reverse bears Hong Kong departure of 28th March and London transit of 15th May. Carried by P & O via Aden and Alexandria to Marseilles, Rated 84 cents at New York with "42" manuscript credit to Briton being a double letter rate, Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Apportionment of rates:-
Hong Kong - Marseilles 24 cents
French transit 18 cents
American Packet 32 cents
US Inland 10 cents
Atlantic transit of 10 days.
Lot 2706Singapore to United States via England, 1858. Neat envelope with Singapore 13 May 1858 cds on reverse and on address panel, manuscript notation "From the U.S. Ship "Portsmouth" Singapore E.I." Debited "18" cents for 12 cent British rate and 6 cent French transit (via Marseilles route). Postmarked New York exactly two months after mailing, handstamped "39" cents to be collected, including 21 cents retained by the U.S. for transatlantic sea postage and U.S. internal carriage. 39 cents was the treaty rate for under ¼ ounce; tone spot in bottom left corner, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 2707Vanderbilt Line Steamship "Ocean Queen". Wrapper file noted "Paris 22 Novbe 1859" and put onto the Ocean Queen at Havre on 23rd November arriving New York 8th December to receive the "NEW 45 YORK/ DEC / 8" Forwarded by De Rham & Co. of New York who paid the 3 x 15 cent rate of April 1857 and forwarded the letter to New Orleans with 1857, 3¢ dull red; file fold affecting stamp, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 26 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 2708NGL Line "Bremen", New York - Bremen 9th - 23rd July 1859. Envelope posted unpaid at St. Louis 6th July 1859 addressed to Württemberg and receiving the "N. YORK BREM PK / 3 / JUL / 9" on day of sailing giving 3 cents credit to the US, at Bremen struck with the "AMERICA über Bremen" 22 being the 22 Kreuzer treaty rate of August 1853. Atlantic transit to Southampton of 13 days, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 2709Detroit to Prussia 1859 by Hamburg Packet, Prepaid 15 cents, including 10 cents Credit for Sea Postage. Carried on the Teutonia of the HAPAG Line. All markings nicely struck and legible, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 2710North Atlantic Steamship Company, "Adriatic", New York - Southampton - Havre 2nd - 12th June 1860. Entire dated "Boston June 1. 1860" addressed to Calcutta and transferred at Southampton to a P & O service. Prepaid 42 cents being the January 1857 rate for American Packets via Britain. Exceptional mixed franking of 2 x 1c Scott 20, 2 x 3c Scott 26, 2 x 5c Scott 30A and 2 x 12c Scott 36. Arrived 10th July 1860 at Bombay where the 14 Anna charge for sea post and 1 Rupee inland charge to Calcutta were applied. Arrival at Calcutta on 20th July. Atlantic transit of 10 days.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Formed in 1859 for the New York to San Francisco route the North Atlantic Steamship Company purchased three of the steamships of the defunct Collins Line. Unable to gain the San Francisco contract, they used the best of the vessels, the "Adriatic" to run the Atlantic to Havre via Southampton.
The Post Office agreed to contract the company for the value of the sea and inland revenue of mails carried. The line however only operated six round trip contract voyages in 1860 and ceased at the outbreak of the Civil War.