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1913 (Nov) PPC PERSIAN GULF to GB. LONDON 173 p/m. 'HMS Swiftsure, East Indies'

1913 (Nov) PPC [Photo of Crew] from the PERSIAN GULF to GB with d/r. LONDON 173 p/m. From 'HMS Swiftsure, East Indies'. On 26 March 1913 to became flagship of the East Indies station until 1915. Captain Raymond A. Nugent served from 25 April, 1913 14 April, 1914. [New Cemetery, Eastern Cove, Khor Jabber, Oman. 'IN MEMORY OF CORP. P.E. SWINERD R.M.L.I. OF H.M.S. SWIFTSURE E. INDIES WHO DIED 17TH NOVEMBER 1913 AGED 29 YEARS ERECTED BY HIS SHIPMATES AS A TOKEN OF THEIR ESTEEM AND AFFECTION R.I.P.] Ref: 311-051.


Price: £85.00
1909 (July) PPC GERMANY to GB. 'HMS Cornwall' conducting intelligence missions

1909 (July) PPC from GERMANY to GB with d/r. LONDON 128 p/m. From 'Phillips, HMS Cornwall, Kiel, Germany'. Royal Navy Armoured Cruiser HMS Cornwall on Mediterranean and Baltic tours of duty (while Captain W. R. Hall was spying for Britain) - Observed a number of Naval installation, producing valuable reports on 'Brunsbuttel, Tonning and the Kaiser Wilhelm Canal' as well as on the 'Coast Defences at Kiel'. [Captain (later Admiral Sir) William Reginald Blinker Hall (1870-1943), future Director of Naval Intelligence] Ref: 312-138.


Price: £60.00
1908 cover + note SOUTH POLE to New Zealand. (HMS) "Nimrod"

1908 cover and note 'from the neighbourhood of the SOUTH POLE' to New Zealand with s/r. BRIT. ANTARCTIC EXPD. p/m. canc. 1d. adhesive with KING EDWARD VII LAND o/p. Note endorsed " 31 Dec. 1907 via South Pole per (HMS) "Nimrod". Also WELLINGTON receipt m/c. to rear [8th March 1908] Ref: 316-110.


Price: £150.00
1907 ps l/s. South AFRICA to Germany. 'SMS Sperber'. CAPE TOWN m/c.

1907 (May) ps l/s. from South AFRICA to Germany with CAPE TOWN / CGH m/c. From 'SMS Sperber' - ("His Majesty's Ship SperberSparrowhawk") was an unprotected cruiser built for the German Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial Navy), Sperber was reassigned to Southwest Africa, On 27 Jan. 1907, Sperber was present in Lom for the opening of the first railroad line in German Togoland] NB: Adhesive missing. Ref: 322-106.


Price: £15.00
1907 PPC [HMT "Plassy"] EGYPT to GB. Port Said p/m. Troopship 'Red Sea'

1907 (March) PPC [HMT "Plassy"] from EGYPT to GB with s/r. Port Said p/m. From Troopship in the 'Red Sea'. Ref: 320-087.


Price: £10.00
1904 Registered Letter MAURITIUS to 'HMS Duke of Wellington' redirected to 'HMS Russell'

1904 (Jan) Registered Letter from MAURITIUS to 'Staff Surgeon HA Hardey RN, HMS Duke of Wellington, Plymouth' and redirected to 'HMS Russell, Mediterranean'. NB: Light foxing. Ref: 320-029.


Price: £100.00
1904 PPC GB to 'HMS "Sphinx", Persian Gulf' redirected to 'Lapwing'

1904 (June) PPC from GB to 'Mr H Phillips SBA, HMS "Sphinx", Persian Gulf' and redirected to 'Lapwing, Karachai' with s/r. MUSCAT and KARACHI p/m's.

Gunboat diplomacy: At the turn of the century the Royal Navy maintained control of the Persian Gulf with three patrol ships, only one of which - HMS Lapwing [small gunboat]- was on permanent duty. 1904 was the year of the massive Persian oil strike in neighbouring Abadan. [SBA: Sick Berth Attendant, Royal Navy] Ref: 311-114.


Price: £275.00
1902 PPC PORTUGAL to Gunboat "Diu" Macau. HONG KONG transit

1902 PPC from PORTUGAL to Canhoeira (Gunboat) "Diu" Macau, Asia with d/r. HONG KONG transit p/m. and circ. MACAU receipt p/m. Ref: 311-125.


Price: £50.00
1901 PC BOXER Rebellion. CHINA to Germany. MARINE SCHIFFSPOST No. 35 p/m.

1901 (April) PC BOXER Rebellion from CHINA to Germany with s/r. KAIS. DEUTSCHE MARINE SCHIFFSPOST No. 35 p/m. - SMS Weissenburg [One of the first ocean-going battleships of the Imperial German Navy] From 'Wusung, China'. Ref: 321-073.


Price: £65.00
1901 (Feb) cover + letter CHINA to France. Marine Francaise h/s. BOXER Rebellion

1901 (Feb) cover and letter from CHINA to France endorsed 'Corps Expeditionnaire de Chine' with d/r. Marine Francaise / Service a la Mer h/s. From French Navy - 'Anchorage at Chefoo' - BOXER Rebellion: 2nd. Nov 1899 7th. Sep 1901. Refers to 'le paquebot le "Sydney" .. "Typhon" and "Brute". Ref: 320-001.


Price: £175.00
1900 (5th. Nov.) cover CHINA to Germany s/r. Marine Schiffspost No. 23 p/m.

1900 (5th. Nov.) cover from CHINA to Germany with s/r. Marine Schiffspost No. 23 p/m. - 'S.M.S. Worth' at WUSUNG. Boxer Rebellion: 2 Nov. 1899 7 Sep 1901. [German expeditionary force included Wrth and on 25th. Oct. 1900 returned to WUSUNG via Yantai. There she joined the blockade of the Yangtze River and then she was detached to cover the disembarkation of the German expeditionary corps outside the Taku Forts.] Ref: 315-048.


Price: £65.00
1885 (June) cover from 'HMS "PILOT" to Plymouth.

1885 (June) cover from 'HMS "PILOT" to 'Retd. Howard Hay, Plymouth' with s/r. WEYMOUTH p/m. [Captain (retired) Howard Fitzgerald Hay, Captain of H.M.S. Pilot from 17 Mar, 1885] Ref: 322-018.


Price: £15.00
1879 cover GB to 'Mr JC Rossells, 2nd Officer, s.s. "PEKING", Shanghai, China'

1879 (21st. Feb) cover from GB to 'Mr JC Rossells, 2nd Officer, s.s. "PEKING", c/o Messrs. Butterfield & Swire, Shanghai, China' [6d. RATE] endorsed "via French Packet" with HONG KONG transit p/m. [2nd. April] to rear. Franked by 1874 6d Grey (pl.16; SG146/J186) tied by a very fine BATH/53 Duplex. Rare routing and unusual address. NB: Central crease well clear of stamp & marks. Ref: 311-056.


Price: £75.00
1879 cover GB to 'Lieut. JH Henderson, HMS "OPAL", Portsmouth'. Await Arrival

1879 (12th. Dec) cover from GB to 'Lieut. JH Henderson RN, HMS "OPAL", Portsmouth' endorsed "To Await Arrival". Returning from Pitcairn Islands? [Lieut. John Hannan Henderson] HMS "Opal", visited the Pitcairn Islands as illustrated in The Graphic, 29 Nov. 1879. NB: Roughly opened and stuck down. Ref: 319-019.


Price: £50.00
1854 cover to 'Rear Admiral Hay' from 'Edward March 11th. about Peiping' CHINA

1854 (March) cover to 'Rear Admiral Hay' from 'Edward March 11th. about Peiping' - a former name of Beijing, CHINA. Also circ. LEAMINGTON receipt p/m. to rear. Edward Hay R.N. [Royal Navy] Youngest son of Rear Admiral James Hay. 30Aug.1852 made Lieutenant and on 22March1858 made Commander. [One of Shannon's Officers, Shannon's Naval Brigade: 2nd China War 1856-60] Ref: 322-128.


Price: £60.00
1846 entire MALTA to France. ''The Three Brothers' ship. 'Captain Lavagna' died

1846 (Sept.) entire from MALTA to France with circ. MALTA p/m. to rear regarding ''The Three Brothers' ship and that 'Captain Lavagna' had died. Excellent letter transcribed. mss .. 'nave "Tre Fratelli" Cap. Nicola Lavagna'. To Messrs. Rocca Brothers, Marseilles': Shipping agents. Ref: 309-008.


Price: £95.00
1838 entire Indian Navy Fund re: Death of Lt. Thomas Clendon, Indian Navy

1838 (May) entire from the Indian Navy Fund, London to 'Geo Clendon, Deal' regarding the Death of Lt. Thomas Clendon, Indian Navy. [Thomas was a Lieutenant, Bombay Marine Midshipman May 19 1819, 2nd Lieut Nov 10 1824. From Oct 1819 to Dec 1824 he served Died 1838.] Ref: 310-001.


Price: £35.00
1831 (July) entire to 'Lieut. Geo. Vaughan Hart. RN, HMS Victor, Portsmouth'

1831 (July) entire to 'Lieut. Geo. Vaughan Hart. RN, HMS Victor, Portsmouth' from his father. Mentions his meeting with 'Sir Thomas Hardy' [Nelson fame] and 'Admiral Dundas'. 1842 sailed from Vera Cruz for Halifax: all lost] Letter transcribed. Ref: 314-057.


Price: £60.00
1825 entire 'Duporth' to HMS EURYALUS. Postage Not Paid / to London h/s.

1825 (May) entire from 'Duporth' to HMS EURYALUS with boxed 'Postage Not Paid / to London' h/s. [HMS Euryalus was a Royal Navy 36-gun Apollo-class frigate, which saw service in the Battle of Trafalgar] Euryalis rendered assistance to the American brig Charles and Ellen at the island of Milos and stayed for a week, lending some 70 to 80 men to the brig to effect repairs, a kindness acknowledged her Captain, P.R.Bing and two Boston insurance companies, by posting a notice in the National Intelligencer of 23 March 1825. After her return to England Euryalus was converted to a prison hulk for boys. Soiled. Ref: 321-130.


Price: £120.00
1804 (Nov) entire [HMS] LEOPARD, off Dover. Lieut 'John Forbes' re: letter to Admiralty

1804 (Nov) entire [HMS] LEOPARD, off Dover. Lieut 'John Forbes' re: letter to Admiralty. [She served during the Napoleonic Wars: 1803 1815, and was notable for the actions of her captain in 1807.
1-3 Oct 1804 fire ships expended and the trial of a new form of fire boat known as a "catamaran," on the French flotillas anchored off Boulogne.
The Chesapeake-Leopard affair: 22 Jun 1807 the Leopard weighed per the Bellona's instructions and some five leagues from the land bore down to speak the US ship Chesapeake, to discuss the problem of British deserters onboard the Chesapeake. Her CO refused to discuss the subject, resulting in 3 broadsides being fired by the Leopard in order that the Captain could carry out his instructions.
[On 25 December 1803 HMS Suffisante was wrecked due to a poorly-chosen location and the officers had mishandled the situation. "Lieutenant John Forbes" should have taken the watch, but remained below, leaving a midshipman in charge. The master, John Coleman, had gone below for his dinner and left the pilot in charge of the positioning; Coleman stated that he was unaware that the pilot had gone ashore. Heathcote was below dining with his officers and unaware of the developing situation. The court martial found him partly to blame for the loss and reprimanded him but did not punish him. It also reprimanded Coleman, and sentenced "Forbes" to the loss of one year's seniority] Ref: 315-046.


Price: £120.00