FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM CHARLESTON TO NEW YORK CITY VIA NASSAU WITH THE "NEW-YORK SHIP LETTER" DATESTAMP.
Carried on blockade-runner Scotia, dep. Charleston Sep. 26, 1862, arr. Nassau Sep. 30; missed the Sep. 29 sailing to New York and forwarder held it until Oct. 26; then Cunarder British Queen, dep. Nassau Oct. 27, arr. New York Nov. 1. The Scotia was active Jul. to Oct. 1862, 2 for 3 in successful trips; captured by the U.S.S. Restless on Oct. 24, 1862, while heading into Charleston.
VERY FINE. AN UNUSUAL ARRAY OF MARKINGS FOR AN OUTBOUND BLOCKADE-RUN COVER.
Carried on blockade-runner Leopard, dep. Charleston Jan. 14, 1863, arr. Nassau Jan. 19; forwarder paid 8p double rate in cash and sent on Cunarder British Queen, dep. Nassau Jan. 20, arr. New York Jan. 25. The Leopard was owned by Fraser Trenholm & Co.; active Jun. 1862 to Apr. 1863, 8 for 9 in successful trips; it was renamed the Stonewall Jackson, ran aground and burned entering Charleston harbor on Apr. 12, 1863.
Illustrated in Confederate Philatelist (Jul-Aug. 1989, No. 250). Ex Antrim and Everett
FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF A SHIP-NAME ENDORSEMENT ON OUTBOUND BLOCKADE-RUNNING MAIL.
This cover had to have arrived after Apr. 1, 1863, based on the use of the "5" in circle due marking for British Packet mail. Ship-name endorsements on outgoing mail are very rare. The Wild Pigeon is not recorded anywhere as a blockade-running steamer. There was a schooner Wild Pigeon that was rammed and sunk on a blockade-running trip between Havana and Florida on Mar. 21, 1864, by the U.S.S. Hendrick Hudson (formerly the famed Confederate blockade-runner Florida).
Illustrated in Confederate Philatelist (Jul-Aug. 1989, No. 250). Ex Everett and Myerson.