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General Category => Stampless and Postal Stationary => Stampless Mail from 1821 => Topic started by: Bob Watson on January 16, 2013, 01:06:10 PM

Title: Vera Cruz to New York 1865
Post by: Bob Watson on January 16, 2013, 01:06:10 PM
Can anyone help with the ships and routing for this cover? It was sent from Vera Cruz 6 May 1865 "per Avosetta" accordng to the dateline. (This ship had several variant spellings, "Avosetto", "Avocetta" etc.) I haven't been able to find the Avosetta arriving at New York on or before Jun 5 1865, the date on the New York Ship Letter postmark. A couple of possibilites occur to me:
Title: Re: Vera Cruz to New York 1865
Post by: Bubba Bland on February 01, 2013, 06:13:12 PM
In May of 1865 the Civil War had just come to a close. Many letter sent from Mexico found their way to New Orleans and placed on trains to places such as New York. However, with the ending of the Civil War, trains were no longer doing transport an the letter could have easily been placed on another outward bound ship to the East Coast of the US. If not docketed on the cover it would be difficult to determine just what inward bound ship brought this cover on to New York.
I would try to find another ship that arrived on June 5th or the day before, coming from New Orleans.
Bubba
Title: Re: Vera Cruz to New York 1865
Post by: Bob Watson on February 01, 2013, 06:28:21 PM
Apparently the Avosetta did arrive in NY on June 4, 1865. I missed the listing, but Stephen Tedesco was able to find it for me (see here (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030213/1865-06-05/ed-1/seq-7/) ). That Library of Congress site is quite useful, but I find it’s best to browse rather than search for a specific word.