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LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
141   imageU.S.S. Louisville, City-Class Ironclad Gunboat, choice strike "STEAMER/VICKSBURG" blue boxed handstamp (Milgram 1413) on an exceptionally clean 3¢ pink entire (U58) to New Orleans, La., endorsed "Per Steamer 'Vicksburg' " at the upper left, Very Fine, Ex-Hugh Feldman,

The steamer
Vicksburg began life in 1861 as the U.S.S. Louisville. She was at Fort Donelson, Memphis, Vicksburg and the Red River. In July 1865 she was decommissioned and sold at public auction to Daniel T. Head, who renamed her Vicksburg and ran her between Vicksburg and New Orleans. She was destroyed by fire in July 1869. (Image)

Get Market Data for [United States Blockade]

Suggested Bid $500-750
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
142   imageU.S.S. Mayflower, Screw Tug, cover addressed to "Pay Master S. Rand U.S.N., U.S.S. 'Mayflower', Care American Consul, Vera Cruz, Mexico", franked with a cork-canceled 10¢ 1869 Pictorial (116), postmarked Portsmouth, N.H., Dec 27 (1870) and endorsed "Per Steamer from New York"; reduced slightly at the right, Fine to Very Fine. This letter was sent when Mayflower was surveying the isthmus at Tehuantepec, Mexico, for a possible inter-oceanic canal,

Mayflower was acquired by the U.S. Navy at the end of the American Civil War. She performed a variety of duties, including survey work along the New England and mid-Atlantic coasts of the United States and served as a dispatch ship. She led the expedition to Tehuantepec, Mexico, to survey the isthmus for a possible inter-oceanic canal. On completion of her official duties, she was recommissioned and issued to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis for use as a training ship from 1876 to 1892. (Image)

Get Market Data for [United States 116]

Suggested Bid $300-400
SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
143   imageU.S.S. Mohican, Screw Sloop of War, clear violet oval handstamped corner card "U.S.S., MOHICAN,/APR 30 1892" on a cover to Burlington, Vt., franked with a 2¢ carmine (220) tied by a very light May 1 Olympia, Wash. duplex with a May 6 Burlington backstamp, Fine to Very Fine. A rare handstamped ship's corner card,

Mohican was commissioned in 1885 and spent her entire term of service in the Pacific, at one point surveying Easter Island for the Smithsonian Institution. She made two voyages to Hawaii to protect American interests during the Spanish-American War. She ended her career as a station, receiving ship and sub tender in the Philippines until her decommissioning in 1921. (Image) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [United States 220]

Suggested Bid $200-300
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144   imageU.S.S. Monocacy, Side-Wheel Gunboat, 1869 cover addressed to "1st Asst. Engineer, E.J. Whitaker U.S.N., U. S. Steamer Monocacy, Care of Thos. Hunt & Co., Hong Kong, China", franked with a cork-canceled 10¢ green F. grill (96) and postmarked with a light Sep 10 Sackets Harbor, N.Y. c.d.s. and a red "San Francisco, Paid All, Oct 3" exchange office c.d.s.; reduced slightly at the left, Fine to Very Fine. This cover would have been carried from San Francisco on the Pacific Mail Steamship Company's China, departing Oct. 4, 1869, and arriving at Hong Kong on Nov. 8.,

Monocacy served in the Asiatic Squadron from 1867 until 1903. During her time with the squadron she surveyed the Inland Sea between Nagasaki and Osaka to locate appropriate sites for lighthouses; she patrolled off the coast of Japan; she charted the Yangtze River and was part of a five-ship survey expedition of the Salee River in Korea. In 1900 she became involved in the Boxer Rebellion and captured seven small craft off Tongku, China. She was sold to Japan in 1903. (Image) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [United States 96]

Suggested Bid $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction
145   imageU.S.S. Monongahela, Screw Sloop of War, blue double-circle datestamp "U.S.SHIP/MONONGAHELA, Jul 15, 1884" on a cover franked with a cork-canceled 2¢ red brown (210) and postmarked with a Jul 14 Vallejo, Cal. c.d.s. (the day slug had probably not been changed to "15"), to Burlington, Vt. and backstamped there on Jul 21., Very Fine,

Monongahela was with Farragut at New Orleans and Mobile Bay. After the war she was assigned to the West Indies Squadron, during which duty she was landed "high and dry" 100 yards inland by a tsunami that hit St. Croix in November 1867. After repairs she spent three years in the South Atlantic Squadron, followed by duty as a training ship and service with the Asiatic Squadron until decommissioned in 1879. In 1883 she was converted to a supply ship, her rig converted to a bark, and then served variously as a training ship and a Naval Academy practice ship until 1904, when she began serving as a storeship at Guantanamo Bay. She remained there until she was completely destroyed by fire in March 1908. (Image)

Get Market Data for [United States 210]

Suggested Bid $200-300
SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
146   imageU.S.S. Narragansett, Screw Sloop, 1871 cover to New York City with manuscript endorsement "Ship's Letter, U.S.S. Narragansett, at Callao, Peru, S.A. July 22nd", franked with a 3¢ green (147) tied by an Aug 13 "N. YORK/STEAMSHIP" c.d.s. with an manuscript "Due 7"; stamp with perforation faults due to edge placement, cover open on three sides, Fine. Includes the original, quite easily read 11-page letter, a fascinating account of the ship's voyage, which began in New York on March 21 and, according to the writer, is expected to finish in San Francisco on September 1, after having "sailed from 18,000 to 20,000 miles.",

Narragansett, commissioned in 1859, left Norfolk in March 1860 and spent the entire Civil War in the Pacific, protecting U.S. mail ships from Confederate raiders. In and out of service from 1865 until 1871, she again sailed the Pacific until 1874. She was decommissioned in 1875 and finally, in 1883, sold. (Image) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [United States 147]

Suggested Bid $200-300
SOLD for $170.00
Will close during Public Auction
147   imageU.S.S. Olympia, multicolor Spanish-American War Patriotic postcard featuring Admiral Dewey and his Flagship Olympia, franked with a 2¢ pink (267a) tied by a week "Mil. Sta. No. 1, Philippine Isls., San Francisco" target duplex, Jan 10, 1899 and mailed to Singapore with a clear Jan 16 receiving c.d.s., Very Fine. A very scarce usage. (Image) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [United States 267a]

Suggested Bid $200-300
SOLD for $275.00
Will close during Public Auction
148   imageU.S.S. Quinnebaug, Screw Corvette, 1885 cover addressed to "Lieutenant C.S. Sperry U.S.N., U.S.S. Quinnebaug" in care of U.S. Despatch Agent, B.F. Stevens in London, franked with a cork-canceled 5¢ brown (205) with an illegible "…RIV RT." c.d.s. alongside, backstamped New York, Jan 5(?), with three different Jan 19 London markings and B.F. Stevens "UNITED STATES/DESPATCH AGENT" oval of the same date; forwarded by Stevens to Villefranche sur Mer, France with a Jan 20 "Calais à Paris" entry c.d.s. and an illegible Villefranche backstamp, Fine to Very Fine,

Quinnebaug was commissioned in October 1878 and set sail for Gibraltar in January of 1879 after fitting out at Norfolk. She served a decade in the European Station operating mostly in the Mediterranean. She returned to the New York Navy Yard in June of 1889 where she was decommissioned and then sold in March of 1891. (Image) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [United States 205]

Suggested Bid $150-200
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149   imageU.S.S. Shenandoah, Screw Sloop, 1866 cover addressed to "John F. Kingsley, Act. 3d Ast. Engr., USS Shenandoah, Bahia, Brazil", franked with cork-canceled 10¢ green & three 12¢ black (68, 69) and postmarked with a light Feb 17 Tioga, Pa. c.d.s., a red Feb 21 "N. York Br. Pkt., …Paid" and a red Mar 5 London/Paid c.d.s. with a red handstamped "40" credit; reduced somewhat at the left, one 12¢ with a straight edge, Fine,

Shenandoah was commissioned in June 1865 and cruised from the Carolinas to Key West searching for blockade-runners. She played an important role in both Battles of Fort Fisher. She was decommissioned and recommissioned four times between 1865 and 1883, spending time in South American and Asian waters in 1865–69, then the European Station (1870–74) and the South Atlantic Squadron (1879–82) before being decommissioned for the final time in 1886. (Image)

Get Market Data for [United States 68, 69]

Suggested Bid $500-750
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150   imageU.S.S. Yorktown, Gunboat, cover from Dagupan, Philippines to Ithaca, N.Y. with a magenta handstamped "U. S. S. Yorktown" corner card, franked with a pair of 2¢ red (214) tied by a Dagupan duplex c.d.s. Jan 4 (1901), backstamped Ithaca on Feb 11, Fine to Very Fine, Ex-Rawlins,

Yorktown was launched in April of 1888 and joined the Squadron of Evolution. She detached from that squadron at Valparaíso, Chile, during the 1891 Baltimore Crisis and relieved Baltimore at that port. She then took part in the joint British–American sealing patrol in Alaskan waters and served on the Asiatic Station before returning to the United States in 1898. Between 1899 and 1902, she took part in the Philippine–American War and the Boxer Rebellion. She was decommissioned in 1919 and sold in 1921. (Image) (Image2)

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Get Market Data for [United States 214]

Suggested Bid $200-300
SOLD for $170.00
Will close during Public Auction

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"Patrick" Balance
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
151   image"Patrick" Balance of 19th Century U.S. Naval Ship Mail, Group of 21 covers, two picture postcards and four letters (some of the covers also with letters), all to, from or about Naval ships; eight are pre-Civil War, 15 are post-Civil War and the remaining four were posted during the War; all are 19th century. A most interesting lot. Shipping charges apply - weight 2.2 lbs.
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Get Market Data for [United States Collection]

Suggested Bid $300-400
SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction

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