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Color Advertising Card "American Line United States Mail Twin Screw S.S. St. Louis U.S. Auxiliary Cruiser Cutting Cables Under Fire Off Santiago May 18, 1898."

American Line: Philadelphia 1898 Illustr by A. Coffin, oblong 3.5 x 6.25, advertisement for American Line ships on the reverse. Light wear and creasing, light toning on reverse else good/very good. The S. S. St. Louis was acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1898. Her job was to destroy undersea communication cables, one of the most important being the cable that ran between Santiago de Cuba and Holland's Bay, Jamaica. When that cable was cut the Spanish warships lost all communication with Spain eventually leading to the end of the war. On the S.S. St. Louis' return to the U.S. it carried many prisoners of war incl Admiral Pascual Cervera, head of the Spanish Caribbean Squadron. The ship later served in WWI.


Book Id: 98-9731

Price: $15.00

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