SHIP MAIL FROM ST.THOMAS - CHRISTIANSTED -FREDERIKSTED AND ST.THOMAS - FREDERIKSTED -CHRISTIANSTED

Mourning cover canceled Christiansted February 28. The cover is a rare uses of commercial nature and was sent during the time The St. Croix Post Offices had depleted its stock of 1 cent stamps. There are only two morning cover know with a bisected stamp. Note “via Bassin” - the letter is send from St.Thomas via mailbox....

This letter likely sent with the mail schooner “Vigilant” on an overnight trip to Christiansted. There a transit postmark Christiansted 1 April, was added on the back before it continued by mule car to Frederiksted where a second rival cancel was struck. The letter is sent from St.Thomas Marts 30.
These postmarks clearly define the DWI post office routing.

St.Thomas February 10 sent to Bassin (Christiansted) via ship to Frederiksted - continued by mule car to Christiansted.

Backstamped February 12 - first Frederiksted and then Christiansted.