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URUGUAY envelope used BRITISH HONDURAS
1931 cover to Manchester, England with KGV 4c, 5c, 10c pmk'd Belize 21 SP 31 with 3-line purplish "AIR FEE/prepaid to/New York only" and Air Mail sticker deleted by mauve jusqu'a bars, part recipients name blacked out.
Stated to have been posted by one of H.M. Cruisers from Belize when the ship was sent to assist the inhabitants after the disastrous hurricane which struck on the afternoon of 10 September 1931.
£75







HERO of the H.M.S. "BIRKENHEAD" SHIPWRECK DISASTER, Sierra Leone postal history
1852 letter from Lt-Colonel Alexander Seton written at Sierra Leone 29th January posted in GB QV 1d pink PSE to Edinburgh with MR 15 and MR 15 transit and arrival backstamps. This is the only letter he wrote from Sierra Leone and the penultimate letter before the tragic disaster in Simon's Bay in the early hours of 26th February 1852 which took about 445 lives.
A 4 page account of the disaster accompanies as prepared for the December 2018 British West Indies Study Circle journal.
£1200

GREAT BRITAIN to Trinidad re-directed Tobago postal history
1954 Air Letter with handwritten text dated 22.12.54 to Pointe-A-Pierre, Trinidad re-directed Scarborough, Tobago with purple boxed "SALVAGED MAIL/AIRCRAFT CRASH/PRESTWICK 25-12-54", backstamped POS 14 JA and 15 JA 55 plus Scarborough 17 JAN 55. Some water staining at left.
£120



BAHAMAS postal history
1909 destruction by earthquake of Myrtle Bank Hotel, Jamaica Post Card to Irvington, N.J. with KE7 1d tied purple Hamburg-American Line/Atlas Service PRINZ AUGUST WILHELM d/ring oval dated APR 15 1909, Pitch Lake, Trinidad sticker added by sender.
£200


ANTIGUA postal history
1879 QV 1d red-brown UPU Post Card written "St. John's Dec 12th 1879" sent most unusually without killer or despatch cds to London showing 29 DE 79 arrival, worn reverse text mentions "the fever seems to be leaving us", the doctor having "adopted the Carbolic Acid treatment so successfully" and "a severe shock of earthquake". Some soiling etc.
£36

EARTHQUAKE and TIDAL WAVE aftermath at ST. THOMAS, Jamaica postal history
1867 stampless cover to London pmk'd SPANISH-TOWN A/NO 25 67 cds rated 2/- with side flap opened to display Kingston C/NO 25 67 and London DE 18 67 arrival. Carried by R.M.S. La Plata but unable to enter St. Thomas harbour as scheduled due earthquake and further shocks with presumed fear of further tsunami.
St. Thomas harbour devastated by hurricane on OC 29 1867 with loss of Royal Mail steamers Derwent, Rhone, and Wye. The following month on the afternoon of NO 18 1867 an earthquake magnitude 7.5 occured in the Anegada trough, located between the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix, and St. Thomas. The earthquake consisted of two shocks, ten minutes apart, which generated two tsunami waves which struck the harbour at St. Thomas
£250
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