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City of Vera Cruz - 1880

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1985-02-24

This envelope was an ambulance cover carrying the water damaged mail addressed to Havanna, Cuba, salvaged from the wreck of the City of Vera Cruz which foundered on 29 August 1880 off the Florida Coast during a hurricane.  The ship was on route from New York to Cuba with 29 passengers and a crew of 50, of whom 25 were saved. Two bags of mail were washed up on the Florida coast at St Augustine. This printed label was affixed to the recovered mail or their ambulance covers by the US Post Office before forwarding the items to addressees.  No other covers from this wreck are known to exist.