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Three CDVs of Brown Water Navy Vessels, incl. Two

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Lot 0161 Details

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Three CDVs of Brown Water Navy Vessels, incl. Two Warships

Lot of 3 CDVs. Carte of civilian side-wheel steamboat bearing the name "Lady Gay" painted on the paddle covers. T.W. Bankes: Helena, AR, n.d. Lady Gay wasn't launched until 1865, too late to have participated in significant wartime service. It is mentioned that she "carried a dispatch for the US Navy in May '65." The steamboat is enormous with three levels of staterooms shown to good advantage at the stern. Just behind her towering twin funnels is an opulent open air belfry structure that must have afforded a magnificent view of the Mississippi. Painted on the paddle covers above Lady Gay is either a standing lady or champagne-like bottle that defies identification even under magnification.

CDV of unidentified side-wheel gunboat. T.W. Bankes: Helena, AR, n.d. She has twin funnels amidships and distinctive boxed over paddles. Near the bow on her roof is a navy boat howitzer with scattered crew gazing at the photographer, presumably on shore.

CDV of the tinclad stern wheeler USS Prairie Bird based on an identical photograph published online. Uncredited: n.d. The gunboat (No. 11) was taken up from the civilian trade, converted at Cairo and commissioned in January 1863. She spent the entire war with the Mississippi Squadron mostly engaged in patrolling and convey escort duties. In April 1864 she saw action at Yazoo City in support of army operations during the Red River Campaign. Later in the summer of 1864 she seized a steamer "for violation of revenue laws" and rescued several hundred 10th Missouri cavalrymen from the steamer B.M. Runyon that ran on to a snag and sank near Griffith's Landing, below Greenville, Mississippi. Prairie Bird was decommissioned at Mound City in July 1865 and sold out of service.

Provenance: The Richard B. Cohen Civil War Collection
Condition
Lady Gay with average clarity, some toning and clipped corners. Mounted over card stock with oval cutout for portrait that bled through the albumen, G+. CDV of unidentified vessel with above average clarity, uniform toning and moderate soiling on verso, clipped corners, G+. With several lines of cursive writing (illegible) on verso. Profile view of Prairie Bird clean with good clarity, dented corners, VG.
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Three CDVs of Brown Water Navy Vessels, incl. Two

Estimate $600 - $800Jun 26, 2020
Starting Price $300
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