24c Purple (153).
Tied by cork cancel and "New Bedford Mass. Nov. 19" (1874) circular datestamp on light green "polite size" cover to Captain David E. Allen aboard the Bark Sea Queen
in care of the U.S. consul on Mahe Island in the Seychelles,
red "New York Nov. 21" and London "Paid" transit datestamps, red crayon "20" credit, red crayon "1" British Colonial credit, Seychelles receiving backstamp (Jan. 11, 1875), Very Fine, a rare single franking to pay the 24c British Mail rate to the Seychelles, the Sea Queen
sailed on a whaling trip from Westport in 1875 and returned in 1879 (source: http://history.vineyard.net/dukes/sailors5.htm
), ex "Andromeda", with 2011 P.F. certificate
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