SHIP MAIL FROM ST.THOMAS - CHRISTIANSTED - FREDERIKSTED AND ST.THOMAS - FREDERIKSTED - CHRISTIANSTED
Mourning cover canceled Christiansted February 28. The cover is a rare use of commercial nature and was sent during the time when the St. Croix Post Offices had depleted their stock of 1 cent stamps. There are only two known morning covers with a bisected stamp. Note “via Bassin” - the letter is sent from St.Thomas via mailbox and therefore not cancelled in St. Thomas. Cancelled upon arrival in Bassin (Christiansted).
This letter was sent March 30 from St. Thomas with the schooner "Vigilant" - to Christiansted. There - a transit postmark Christiansted April 1 was added on the back - before it continued by mule cart to Frederiksted. Here a second arrival cancel was struck. These postmarks clearly define the DWI post office routing. Note - "Agent R.M.S P C" - the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company. Also note the inverted frame.
St.Thomas February 10 sent to Bassin (Christiansted) via ship to Frederiksted - continued by mule cart to Christiansted.
Backstamped February 12 - first stamped Frederiksted and then Christiansted.