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1913 Cobequid shipwreck - The Steam Ship ‘Cobequid’ was owned by the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, and ran on their Canadian - West Indies service. The ports of call were Halifax, Nova Scotia, St Johns, New Brunswick, Bermuda, and then into the West Indies, stopping at St Kitts and various islands down to Barbados, Trinidad and Georgetown, British Guiana. This service was opened by the ‘Cobequid’ which sailed from Halifax on 23rd November 1913. It was on her return trip from the West Indies that, in a gale and blizzard, she ran on to the Trinity Ledges in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, on the early morning of 13th January 1914. She began to sink immediately, but fortunately the super-structure remained above water, and the passengers and crew were able to stay there until rescued the following day. Nothing is known as to when the mail was recovered, but from the few known covers it appears as though the mail must have been under water for some time as all have had stamps floated off, and all show water damage. Mail from this wreck received a straight line cachet in black ink. FROM WRECK OF S. S. ‘COBEQUID’.  This cover to Canada, which ahas had one of the stamps floated off in the incident, is also missing parts of the back The remaining stamp can be seen as having been cancelled at CHRIST CHURCH 28 DE 13.  An uncommon shipwreck with few covers known.
1913 'Cobequid' shipwreck
The Steam Ship ‘Cobequid’ was owned by the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, and ran on their Canadian - West Indies service. The ports of call were Halifax, Nova Scotia, St Johns, New Brunswick, Bermuda, and then into the West Indies, stopping at St Kitts and various islands down to Barbados, Trinidad and Georgetown, British Guiana. This service was opened by the ‘Cobequid’ which sailed from Halifax on 23rd November 1913. It was on her return trip from the West Indies that, in a gale and blizzard, she ran on to the Trinity Ledges in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, on the early morning of 13th January 1914. She began to sink immediately, but fortunately the super-structure remained above water, and the passengers and crew were able to stay there until rescued the following day. Nothing is known as to when the mail was recovered, but from the few known covers it appears as though the mail must have been under water for some time as all have had stamps floated off, and all show water damage. Mail from this wreck received a straight line cachet in black ink. FROM WRECK OF S. S. ‘COBEQUID’. This cover to Canada, which ahas had one of the stamps floated off in the incident, is also missing parts of the back The remaining stamp can be seen as having been cancelled at CHRIST CHURCH 28 DE 13. An uncommon shipwreck with few covers known.
£495.00
Reference: K3213

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1869 - 1869 part letter sheet bearing a 1/- black, rough perf, cancelled by number 1 bootheel canceller. A London Paid 29 JU 69 c.d.s. is on the front and on the back is a Barbados c.d.s. 1 JU 9 69. There is a vertical crease through the cover well clear of any of the markings or stamp. R.P.S. Cert 90748.
1869
1869 part letter sheet bearing a 1/- black, rough perf, cancelled by 'number 1 bootheel' canceller. A London Paid 29 JU 69 c.d.s. is on the front and on the back is a Barbados c.d.s. '1' JU 9 69. There is a vertical crease through the cover well clear of any of the markings or stamp. R.P.S. Cert 90748.
£190.00
Reference: AA004

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1892 - 1892 internal envelope bearing a 1d cancelled ST. LUCY AU 18 92. The envelope has been addressed to CHURCH where it received an arrival c.d.s. on the same date. A scarce inter village item.
1892
1892 internal envelope bearing a 1d cancelled ST. LUCY AU 18 92. The envelope has been addressed to CHURCH where it received an arrival c.d.s. on the same date. A scarce inter village item.
£55.00
Reference: G2035

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1868 - 1868 outer wrapper to England franked with a 1/- tied by a 1 in Bootheel obliterator. A Barbados JA 24 68 c.d.s. is on the reverse as well as a Liverpool FE 17 68 arrival cancel. Fine.
1868
1868 outer wrapper to England franked with a 1/- tied by a '1' in 'Bootheel' obliterator. A Barbados JA 24 68 c.d.s. is on the reverse as well as a Liverpool FE 17 68 arrival cancel. Fine.
£225.00
Reference: G2048

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1868 - 1868 envelope to England, endorsed Officers Letter from W.W.W. Poole, Staff Surgn. Major and countersigned by his commanding officer at the lower left franked with a 6d tied by a 1 in boot-heel canceller. On the reverse are BARBADOS DE 10 68 and CHATHAM DE 28 68 datestamps. A few small repairs to the envelope at the top edge that do not detract from its fine appearance.
1868
1868 envelope to England, endorsed 'Officer's Letter from W.W.W. Poole, Staff Surgn. Major' and countersigned by his commanding officer at the lower left franked with a 6d tied by a '1' in 'boot-heel' canceller. On the reverse are BARBADOS DE 10 68 and CHATHAM DE 28 68 datestamps. A few small repairs to the envelope at the top edge that do not detract from its' fine appearance.
£1300.00
Reference: K0797

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1896 - 1896 envelope to England bearing a 2½d, paying the ½oz rate, and a pair of ½ds paying the 1d late fee. The stamps have been cancelled OC 3 96 and a good strike of the boxed LATE FEE is to their left. A Rotherhide OC 14 96 arrival c.d.s. is on the reverse.
1896
1896 envelope to England bearing a 2½d, paying the ½oz rate, and a pair of ½d's paying the 1d late fee. The stamps have been cancelled OC 3 96 and a good strike of the boxed 'LATE FEE' is to their left. A Rotherhide OC 14 96 arrival c.d.s. is on the reverse.
£70.00
Reference: K1033

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1964 - 1964 unfranked envelope from London that has a green circular tax mark and a T5d F.S. handstamp. On arrival a 6c and pair of 2c Postage Dues have been affixed and tied by G.P.O. BARBADOS 23 DE 64 cancels.
1964
1964 unfranked envelope from London that has a green circular tax mark and a 'T5d' F.S. handstamp. On arrival a 6c and pair of 2c Postage Dues have been affixed and tied by G.P.O. BARBADOS 23 DE 64 cancels.
£95.00
Reference: K1034

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1969 - 1964 unfranked envelope from CHRIST CHURCH, BARBADOS 2 JY 69 to St. Michael, with a circular tax mark and a red manuscript 8 Cents denoting the amount to be paid. A block of four 2c Postage Dues have been affixed and cancelled G.P.O. BARBADOS 3 JY 69. Fine.
1969
1964 unfranked envelope from CHRIST CHURCH, BARBADOS 2 JY 69 to St. Michael, with a circular tax mark and a red manuscript '8 Cents' denoting the amount to be paid. A block of four 2c Postage Dues have been affixed and cancelled G.P.O. BARBADOS 3 JY 69. Fine.
£80.00
Reference: K1035

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1935 - 1935 envelope to The Tax Commissioner, St. Michael bearing a 1/4d stamp cancelled BARBADOS G.P.O. 2 FEB 35. As this was underpaid, a bisected 1d Postage Due was bisected and affixed and a manuscript½d was written on the stamp in a blue-black ink. This was also cancelled by a Barbados c.d.s. of the same date. After the Postal Convention of March 1934 agreed to collect the actual deficiency in postage & not the double deficiency & in certain cases½d Postage Due stamps became necessary and were ordered, but in the interim, between March 1934 and 10 February 1935, bisected 1d Postage Dues were used. This commercial cover is a fine example of this usage. A fine and rare cover.
1935
1935 envelope to The Tax Commissioner, St. Michael bearing a 1/4d stamp cancelled BARBADOS G.P.O. 2 FEB 35. As this was underpaid, a bisected 1d Postage Due was bisected and affixed and a manuscript½d was written on the stamp in a blue-black ink. This was also cancelled by a Barbados c.d.s. of the same date. After the Postal Convention of March 1934 agreed to collect the actual deficiency in postage & not the double deficiency & in certain cases½d Postage Due stamps became necessary and were ordered, but in the interim, between March 1934 and 10 February 1935, bisected 1d Postage Dues were used. This commercial cover is a fine example of this usage. A fine and rare cover.
£1300.00
Reference: K1268

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