1865 Overseas Mail. A pink envelope sent from Reading to Lieutenant J.M. Helsall, H.M.S. Phoebe, Mediterranean bearing a 6d Lilac (SG85, Pl.4 Hairlines) neatly tied by a Reading '635' duplex for MY.8.1865. Backstamped by a London transit datestamp for MY.9.1865 and a Malta arrival cds for MY.15.1865.
The launch of the HMS Phoebe in 1854. Up to 1860 she was a fifty gun wooden warship. By 1860 she was already outdated and was converted to a screw ship until her demise in 1875
Plate 3 9th September 1862 - 11th April 1864 Plate 4 11th April 1864 - ?