1st Class Battle Ship
From Wikipedia “HMS Benbow was a Victorian era Admiral-class battleship of the British Royal Navy, named for Admiral John Benbow.was commissioned on 14 June 1888 for the Mediterranean Fleet, with which she served until October 1891. She was then held in the Reserve until March 1894, with two short commissions to take part in maneuvers. Until April 1904 she served as guardship at Greenock, and thereafter remained in the Reserve until sold in 1909.”
3rd Class Cruiser
This card is from a series published by the Toronto Lithographing Co. Ltd. that included the Benbow, Calliope, Nymphe & Terrible. They each feature a bulldog on a Union Jack with the text “What We Have We’ll Hold”. This card shows Calliope, a 3rd class cruiser.
From Wikipedia, “HMS Calliope was a Calypso class corvette or third class cruiser launched in 1884. She was used as a Royal Naval Reserve drill ship from 1907, was renamed HMS Helicon in 1915 and took back the name of HMS Calliope in 1931. She was sold in 1951.”
The card has been postally used June 4, 1900 from Sturgeon Falls, Ontario by Gordon L. Cockburn to Albert Rudler Jr. of 227 William Street in New York City, by way Hamilton, with a Hamilton transit postmark on the front to the card.
This card is from a series published by the Toronto Lithographing Co. Ltd. that included the Benbow, Calliope, Nymphe & Terrible. They each feature a bulldog on a Union Jack with the text “What We Have We’ll Hold”.
From Wikipedia, “HMS Nymphe was an Amazon-class sloop, of the Royal Navy, built at the Deptford Dockyard and launched on 24 November 1866. She served in the East Indies and Australia, and was sold in 1884.”
The TLG11-05 postcard has been overprinted with
A Merry Christmas
HAPPY NEW YEAR.
making a TLG11-06 variety. Each of the cards in this series is assumed to have a corresponding Xmas overprint. Toronto Litho Co. Ltd. had used this overprint on a number of different postcard designs for the Christmas of 1902, but, on some series, was also used in later years.
Below, the reverse of the card, postally used from Montreal to England with a 1¢ Jubilee and a 1¢ QV Numeral stamp, cancelled December 26, 1899.