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Sale 92: The Summer Sale

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Steamship Mail

Lot 917    

1896 Wreck of the S.S. "Ailsa", illustrated Opticians ad cover from New York N.Y. to Kingston, Jamaica, reverse with label "This article of Mail matter has been recovered from the wreck of the S.S. "Ailsa" which sunk in New York Harbor on 29th February, 1896. GEO. H. PEARCE, P.M. Jamaica, P.O. Jamaica, 17th April, 1896.", original matching illustrated Optician enclosure; edge wear and missing two stamps, Very Fine.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

The Atlas steamer "Ailsa" of Glasgow was due to leave New York on 29th February for Jamaica and Port Limon. She was anchored in the harbor when the steamer La Bourgogne came into collision with her in a dense fog, cutting her almost halfway through. The mails were subsequently salvaged.

Realized: $350

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