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CONSIGNEE ENTIRE landed GRAVESEND SHIP LETTER, British Guiana postal history
1827 entire headed "Demerary 22nd Nov 1827" marked "Letter per Consignee's of Produce per Brig Anastasia" to Sandbach Tinne & Co., Liverpool landed with framed SHIP LETTER/GRAVESEND and rated 1/2 changed 1/7, contents include copy of manifest of shipment for London showing bales of cotton, coffee, also mention of the arrival of the "Caesar" and small list of shipments.
£200


RYDE SHIP-LETTER (Isle of Wight), Jamaica postal history
1843 entire headed "Westmoreland Jamaica May 1st 1843" to London rated "8" landed with RYDE/SHIP-LETTER, top flap displays London L/31 AU 31/1843 arrival (123 days transit confirmed by clear docketing notes).
An ongoing current survey of about 1,400 private ship letters landed at UK ports show only 5 other entires landed at Ryde, Isle of Wight period 1818-1828 (from British Guiana (2), Jamaica, St. Vincent, Tobago), this currently being the only known from the BWI group, landed Ryde, with the all-inclusive 8d per half ounce ship letter rate to UK introduced JA 7 1840. Private ships do not sail home unless a full cargo was on board, and sometimes traditionally would call on the not far away eastern seaboard of North America on the homeward route. It is likely the vessel was a bark (barque) named STANDARD, owned by Booker & Co. (built in 1830 of 306 gross tons), which arrived in the Isle of Wight on August 30th 1843. Additionally ship letters can be delayed by days sometimes weeks waiting for cargo, and a letter posted in Westmorland to Kingston could wait several days before sailing, unlike a Packet letter.
£350

CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1839 lengthy cross-written entire headed "Bedford Wednesday Feb'y 6th 1839" and marked "Post paid March 8th" to Mrs Maclear, Royal Observatory, Cape Town with red ink PAID-SHIP LETTER/(crown) 9 MR 9 1839/LONDON and black SHIP LETTER/(crown)/CAPE OF GOOD HOPE.
£125





RECEIVED ON BOARD NEAR THE EQUATOR, Germany and Falmouth (Cornwall) postal history:
1882 stampless cover to Warin, Mecklenburg (Western Pomeramia), Germany marked along top "p. N. German Bark Alma Elisabeth/Received on bord near the Equator" landed with FALMOUTH SHIP LETTER cds dated AP 19 72 and rated "5" in blue crayon, side flap opens to display further FALMOUTH SHIP LETTER AP 19 72 cds overstruck red SHIP LETTER LONDON A/AP 20 72 as it travelled in the overnight sealed ship letter bag with turquoise VERVIERE (Belgium) 20 4 transit, a little sea water staining at left.
A lovely research item.
£500






DOMINICA postal history landed with MARGATE/SHIP-LRE
1837 entire headed "Dominica 26th July 1837" and docketted "D.S. Laidlaw, Dominica Dated 26 July Rec'd 12 Sept" marked "p. Orbut" addressed to the Hon. Wm Frazer, Alexander, Wilson & Co. in London landed with "MARGATE/SHIP LRE" and rated 1/8.
An ongoing current survey of 1,381 private ship letters landed at ports around the UK show only 14 entires landed at Margate with only two being from Dominica (the other written OC 17 1787). On this date, 26 July 1837, some 23 vessels were wrecked at Barbados during a hurricane, and 57 lives lost. The distance between Roseau and Bridgetown being only 193 miles. The Hon. Dugald Stewart Laidlaw, merchant of Roseau, served as Acting Governor of Dominica 1843-45.
£325


PORT LEWIS, Outer Hebrides to CAPE OF GOOD HOPE postal history
1813 outer wrapper docketted "Port Lewis 5th July 1813" to Richard Shepherd, Merchant, Cape of Good Hope rated 4/- unpaid and landed with oval d/ring SHIP LETTER/(crown)/CAPE OF GOOD HOPE.
£75


TOO LATE FOR PACKET and SENT AS A PRIVATE SHIP LETTER, JAMAICA postal history
1841 entire headed "Morant June 17th 1841" to Sir Henry Fitzherbert Bart, Savage Gardens, London with manuscript "too late for Packet" appended "Barque Rawlins" landed DEAL/SHIP LETTER and rated "8" unpaid. No previous examples seen as such.
Contents mention abundant rains so much as to flood the rivers preventing his visit to Blue Mountain and getting full shipments to the vessel at Morant Bay.
£240

BARBADOS postal history
1882 use QV 1d red-brown Post Card "per Zoe" to London with design pmk'd open bootheel duplex dated A/FE 1 82, landed with red SHIP-LETTER/A/PAID/FE 20 82/LONDON cds. Soiling and with pieces paper obscuring parts of reverse text.
Mail landed by private ship from Barbados to UK ports is rarely met for the later period. During period 1865 to 1886 only six entires are recorded as such, one landing Dover, five landing London.
£185

SIERRA LEONE postal history
1895 use of QV d Post Card marked per S.S. "Roquelle" to Hasselt, Belgium pmk'd "B31" with FREETOWN B/JY 13 95 plus handstruck "LATE", landed with red LIVERPOOL A/AU 5 95/SHIP cds (Private Ship as opposed to Liverpool Packet arrival) with HASSELT 7 AOUT 1895 arrival, lengthy reverse text in French.
£150


BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
1881 QV 1d Post Card pmk'd "O" with Belize JA 22 81 cds marked "per S.S. Glendale via England" to Helsingfors, Finland, Russia with red SHIP-LETTER LONDON B/MR 2 81 cds, b/stamped blue St. Petersburg 22 FEB 1881 transit.
£625
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