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NASSAU via PHILADELPHIA to LONDON, Bahamas postal history
1852 outer wrapper docketted "Nassau 13 Oct 1852" landed blue PHILADELPHIA OCT 30 showing "24" surface charge to New York (where it caught the Cunard steamer “Europa” to Liverpool) and black circled "5" for ship to The Rev. George Osborn, Wesleyan Mission House, London rated 1/- with 17 NO arrival backstamp.
In late September 1852 there was an outbreak of cholera in the Bahamas in which over a 1,000 persons died within a period of five months. The Daily Atlas described “Vessels in the harbour being crowded with people fleeing the scourge”. Also on NO 17 1852 the RMSP "La Plata" arrived Southampton “under melancholy circumstances” – nine dead on board and 21 taken ill during the voyage from the West Indies (Pratique 6/02)
£175

BURNT GROUND, Bahamas postal history
1932 reg. cover to Tacoma, Washington with KGV 3d (SG.120) pmk'd BURNT GROUND (T.5, D2) */AU 22 32 cds, a rare office.
£90


BAHAMAS postal history
1866 cover (with two conflicting dated cancels) to Charleston, South Carolina b/stamped BAHAMAS MR 9 1866/A dbl-arc with QV 4d Chalon pmk'd "A05" rated red "4" and landed N. YORK BR. PKT 5/MAR 17 with boxed "ADV/MAR 30/1865" and "UNCLAIMED" between horiz. bars with CHARLESTON N.C. APR 30 cds on reverse, surface hole in frontal paper stock adjacent to adhesive.
(On April 2 1865 the victory of Grant over Lee concluded the American Civil War).
£280

ROCK SOUND Bahamas to Guatemala postal history
1923 underpaid cover from Wemyss Bight, Eleuthera to Guatemala with KGV 1d pmk'd purplish ROCK SOUND cds with indecipherable date with blue crayon tax mark and handstruck local charge "300" due, reverse Nassau 9 NOV 23 and NOV 30 receiver.
£100


MAIL FROM THE TINY ISLAND OF WATER CAY, Bahamas postal history
1927 reg. letter from Water Cay, Eight Mile Rock to Montgomery Ward, Chicago with 3 x KGV 1d pmk'd GRAND BAHAMA (T.3) dated 12 FEB 27.
In 1926 a local mail service by small boat started from the island of Eight Mile Rock to Water Cay, 40 miles north with 150 inhabitants (Proud handbook Page 173).
£225

BAHAMAS postal history
1935 cover to Willemstad, Curacao with KGV 2˝d tied mauve circular "S.S. EVANGELINE/MAR 26 1935/MAILED AT SEA" cachet, no backstamps.
£25

BAHAMAS postal history
1971 use of QE2 8c orange-red PSRE to Washington DC, USA with added QE2 12c, 15c pmk'd Mackey Street 2 MAR 71 with large black EXPRESS/AIR MAIL handstamp alongside, transit and arrival backstamps.
£28


EIGHT MILE ROCK, Bahamas postal history
1931 reg. A.C. Sheldrake cover to Lanarkshire with 3d Staircase pmk'd purplish-black EIGHT MILE ROCK (T.5) cds dated */30 MR 31, overall tone-spotting.
£30

BHAMAS to TURKS ISLANDS postal history
1895 use of QV 2˝d blue PSE with added QV 1d carmine pmk'd Nassau 1 OC 95 routed via New York (OC 7 backstamp) to Cockburn Harbour, Turks Islands showing no code/OC 21 95 alongside address panel.
£150

BAHAMAS to Bermuda postal history
1952 (AP 4) Bahamas Supply House foolscap cover to Bailey's Bay with KG6 6d pmk'd Nassau, taxed with POSTAGE/8d/DUE handstamp added on arrival.
£48

GREAT GUANA CAY ABACO, Bahamas postal history
1978 cover to Nassau with QE2 5c fish pmk'd GREAT GUANA CAY, ABACO purple TRD dated MAY 26 1978.
£12

TARPUM-BAY, Bahamas postal history
1924 use of KGV 2d PSRE to Wall Street, New York City with added KGV 1d, 2d pmk'd TARPUM-BAY (T 7 1) dated 25 AUG 24, opened most of two sides.
£85


THE BIGHT, Bahamas postal history
(T.1) arrival dated reversed C/AP 7 91 (year error for 01) on TRANSVAAL 1d V.R.I. Briefkaart pmk'd BOKSBURG 31 JAN 01 from affectionate brother to Rev. R.K. Bennett, Cat Island, Bahamas.
During his tenure as Rector (1912) of St. Mary's Church New Providence Reverend Bennett documented changes that met resistance in the church - altar curtains looked at with disapproval, altar lights seen as an unpardonable offence, wafer bread thought of as an insult to the Blessed Sacrement etc.
£250



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

LATE RE-INTRODUCTION OF THE QV 1d CARMINE, Bahamas postal history
1911 cover to Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada with 1890 QV 1d (SG.49) pmk'd TARPUM-BAY (T.1) dated C/OC 20 11, this currently a unique cover with re-introduced use of the QV 1d during the KGV reign (KE7 having been monarch period JA 22 1901 - MY 6 1910).
The late uses of the QV 1d are currently confined to the period MY 20 11 to JA 28 12. Examples are far from common but are recorded for Bimini, Clarence Town L.I., Deadman's Cay, Fresh Creek, George Town (LRD), Green Turtle Cay, Inagua, Mangrove Cay, Mastic Point, Nicholls-Town, Rock Sound, Rum Cay, Spanish Wells (ERD), Tarpum-Bay, "The Bight", Watlings
£425

ARRIVING IN THE U.S.A. ON DAY LINCOLN ASSASSINATED, BAHAMAS postal history
1865 stampless cover "p. Corsica" to Miss Benjie Henderson, Newark, Delaware with red NASSAU/B/AP 10 65/PAID cds rated red "4" showing 5/APR 14 N. YORK BR. PKT cds (day Abraham Lincoln assassinated) and manuscript "Due 5 cts at Newark". Some soiling, no backstamps.
On AP 2 1865 victory of Grant over Lee concluded the Civil War, on AP 14 1865 Abraham Lincoln assassinated in Washington DC and died the following day. During the Civil War Delaware was a slave state which remained in the Union
£425

RUM CAY, Bahamas postal history
(T.1) B/FE 6 24 on horiz. strip of three KGV 1d (SG.116) reg. cover to Battle Creek, Michigan.
£95


NASSAU, Bahamas postal history
Express Delivery cover with KGV 6d, 8d pmk'd 3 FE 36 to Meriden, Connecticut, reverse with tied "COME TO NASSAU" advertising label.
Sheet format unknown. No broken sunshades or red spots adjacent woman as seen on 8 OCT 37 cover with pair of labels
£60

BAHAMAS postal history:
1867 cover with QV 4d dull rose CC wmk P.12˝ to New York, b/stamped BAHAMAS OC 21 1867/C broken dbl-arc, slightly reduced at right on opening. Ex STAIRCASE.
Southbound the St. Thomas harbour devasted by severe hurricane October 29 1867
£185













DEPARTMENTAL CACHETS etc, Bahamas postal history
group of mainly 10 stampless foolscap OHMS etc covers to Nassau.
£45
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