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LEEWARD ISLAND/F (applied Falmouth), BARBADOS postal history
1840 lengthy cross-written entire headed "H.M.S. Cleopatra, Barbadoes Dec 10th 1840" from Alex Milne to his father Vice Admiral Sir David Milne. G.C.B. in Musselburgh, Scotland rated 1/- unpaid and carried "loose" by the packet as landed with green LEEWARD ISLAND/F as country of origin not obvious, upper flap with red FEB 16 1841 arrival. Contents open with "My dear Father, I wrote Lady Milne from Antigua and now write this before sailing tomorrow on cruise for some weeks in the vicinity of Porto Rico and St. Thomas's..."
HMS Cleopatra (2nd of this name) was a 26-gun Vestal-class 6th rate frigate. In 1839 command was given to Captain Stephen Lushington to take up duties on the North America & West Indies Station. In January 1840 she intercepted and detained the Portuguese slave vessel 'Louisa' which had 283 slaves on board, in February she intercepted, boarded, and inspected the papers of the Spanish vessel 'Iberia' sparking an international incident, & having left Jamaica for Bermuda and Newfoundland, and while in port at Quebec, a Cleopatra seaman, Robert Collins, killed the ship's Sergeant of Marines. Collins was tried and executed by hanging from the fore yardarm, being the first shipboard execution at Quebec and the third navy execution since 1812. Lushington had fallen very ill in early 1840 and after 9 months of prolonged illness was invalidated in November & replaced by Captain Alexander Milne. The 1st Cleopatra capsized mid-Atlantic AU 22 1827, crew rescued, voyage Barbados to Windsor, N.S.
£425

BERMUDA postal history
1949 Mid-Oceans News unfranked within town cover to the Leamington Plantation Company pmk'd Hamilton machine 25 NOV 1949 with boxed green ink "Returned for (1d) Postage" and KG6 1d added for postage due pmk'd Hamilton 28 NOV 49.
£90

INVALID STAMPS USED, Rhodesia postal history
1965 used of Air Letter to Totnes, Devon with QE2 2/6d Independence issue tied bot SALISBURY 22 DEC 1965 and large green boxed "INVALID STAMPS USED/POSTAGE DUE" appended manuscript 2/6d, sender address on reverse with lengthy printed internal text.
£75

BERMUDA postal history
Green "8" (CM21) with red/white PC 22 label (earlier by 7 days than handbook) on KG6 1d cover pmk'd Hamilton 11 SEP 1939 to Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
The Peter C. Burrows B.W.I. "British Empire Civil Censorship Devices" handbook (pub. 2010) records the use of this CL1 label as SP 18 1939 to AU 16 1940 and says "mostly seen used with CM21 No.2 and No.9"
£135
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