Civil War era steamship counterstamp

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by BRandM, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. BRandM

    BRandM Counterstamp Collector

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    I just picked up this rare steamship counterstamp on eBay a week or so ago and thought some of you would be interested in seeing it. These stamps have been known for years, but it was always thought to be a rare female issued stamp for obvious reasons. I decided to research it back in 2008 and found it was actually issued by the owners of a stern-wheel steamship christened the "Jennie Hubbs". She was built at the shipyard of David Gibson & Co. of Cincinnati in 1863 and was used to carry general freight and foodstuffs up and down the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers during the Civil War and for several years after. She was siezed soon after launch by Union forces suspected of trading with the Confederacy, but was released for lack of evidence. In Nov., 1866 she sank at the falls of the Ohio River near Clarksville, IN, but was raised and rebuilt at New Albany. Shortly after, she sank again on the Mississippi River below Cairo,IL. Again she was refurbished and put back in service but was renamed "Empire". Her short life finally ended when she was caught in a riverbank cave-in near Natchez, MS in December, 1868 and scrapped. She lost a cargo of sugar and molasses bound for Cincinnati.

    There are six examples of the counterstamp documented, including mine. All examples are on coins dated between 1862 and 1867 which fits perfectly with her history. This is a decent example of this historic counterstamp. Comments are welcomed and as always, thanks for looking.

    Bruce
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  3. coinman0456

    coinman0456 Coin Collector

    Great research and a fantastic find. Thanks for sharing.
  4. ldhair

    ldhair Coin Collector Supporter

    Great thread. Fun stuff.
  5. BRandM

    BRandM Counterstamp Collector

    Thanks for your comments guys.

    Bruce
  6. thecointrader

    thecointrader Lurking Since 2006

    This coin needs to be mounted in a shadow box with a photo of the ship and an explanation of the history of the ship.

    -thecointrader
  7. USMoneylover

    USMoneylover Active Member

    Bruce, That's a great story to go with that C/S. It's pretty interesting that it sank 3 different times...in your research did it mention what caused her to go down? I bet on the third go around when they changed the name they were hoping for a different fate! :D
  8. Dennis68

    Dennis68 Member

    Cool token,and great history. Thanks for sharing it.
  9. CheetahCats

    CheetahCats Colonial & Early American

    Awesome post! :)
  10. BRandM

    BRandM Counterstamp Collector

    It wasn't unusual for these ships to sink because of sand bars, submerged logs, overloading, poor maintenance, etc. Hunter. I felt the same way, they probably thought a name change would improve their luck. I don't know what caused her to sink the first two times, but the riverbank cave-in put her down for the last time.

    Bruce
  11. BRandM

    BRandM Counterstamp Collector

    Not a bad idea cointrader. I wouldn't mount the coin in the shadowbox though, just a nice clear enlarged picture with it's history.

    Bruce
  12. krispy

    krispy krispy

    Absolutely fantastic work Bruce. I always enjoy reading your threads and the history you bring to this forum. Thank you. :thumb:
  13. BRandM

    BRandM Counterstamp Collector

    Thank you Chris, it's always good to hear from you.

    Bruce

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