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Lot# 5534 - Auction 234-243

  • Lot# : 5534 Nicaragua

    1854 (May 20): Cover from New York addressed to Capt. Thos. Cupper of the Steamer 'Cortes' at San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, endorsed at top "p. Steamer Star of the West", struck with fine oval "NICARAGUA LINE / IN ADVANCE / OF THE MAIL" handstamp in black. Short original letter enclosed. Rare.rnrnNote: "Star of the West" was a 1,172-ton steamship built by Jeremiah Simonson, of New York City for Cornelius Vanderbilt, and launched on June 17, 1852. She started service between New York and San Juan de Nicaragua on October 20, 1852 and continued the service for Charles Morgan from July 1853 to March 1856. In January 1861, she was chartered to the War Department. On January 9, 1861, weeks after South Carolina declared that it had seceded from the United States, but before other states had done so to form the Confederacy, "Star of the West" arrived at Charleston Harbor to resupply Major Robert Anderson's garrison at Fort Sumter. The ship was fired upon by cadets from the Citadel Academy and was hit three times by what were effectively the first shots of the American Civil War.
    Starting bid : 500 CHF
    Hammer price : 800 CHF