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S.S. Great Britain - Trooping for the Indian Mutiny

On 24 September 1857 the S.S. Great Britain had left Cork for Bombay with troops for the Indian Mutiny. On 20th January 1858 she left Bombay for Liverpool and called in to Cape Town for coal on 25/26 February 1858 and collected mail for the United Kingdom. This was the only journey to be around the Cape of Good Hope rather than the Australian route via Cape Horn. Mail from this single Cape Town calling is therefore very scarce. Arrival at Liverpool was on 10 April 1858. This is an entire letter, franked with 2 x Cape of Good Hope 1d and single 4d, showing red "PAID/ LIVERPOOL/ SHIP" tombstone datestamp alongside. Price 4500