Cincinnati & Fireside Game Co. White Squadron No. 1108 Navy Ships Cards, Copyright 1896

From the Cincinnati Game Co. and the Fireside Game Co. comes this fascinating, antique 1896 card game called, White Squadron NO. 1108. Fifty-two (52) war vessels of the United States Navy are depicted on its cards. Browsing through the deck offers interesting details about these warships which protected our nation, during the Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War, and World War I. Some of them, like the USS Olympia, are museum ships today.

The backs of the cards are a chromolithographed with a battleship in its center and decorated with chain, sailor man's face, gun and fancy scroll designs in yellow, black, and white. The cards measure 2 7/16" x 3 7/16" inches. All cards are in excellent shape. Box in excellent shape, too!

The deck consists of 13 different sets of four for the making of ‘fleets’. Each of the game’s cards includes a Letter (A-M) with a number (1-4). Each of the 52 cards shows an image of the featured ship and a few brief details about the ship (tonnage, length, speed, # of men in crew, guns, etc.). This display is a wonderful snapshot into the US Navy. Really excellent conditon; in original box, with all cards and rules and 2 extra advertisement cards accounted for.

In this 1896 copyrighted game (different editions show various vessels), players strive to create sets from the following cards:

A fleet: Louisiana, Virginia, Mississippi, Ohio B fleet: Missouri, Maine, Alabama, Illinois C fleet: Wisconsin, Kentucky, Kearsarge, Iowa D fleet: Indiana, Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas E fleet: Tennessee, California, Pennsylvania, Brooklyn F fleet: New York, Minneapolis, Columbia, Olympia G fleet: Puritan, Chicago, Buffalo, Baltimore H fleet: Philadelphia, San Francisco, Monterey, Amphitrite I fleet: Terror, Cincinnati, Detroit, New Orleans J fleet: Marblehead, Montgomery, Bennington, Dolphin K fleet: Ericsson, Cushing, Porter, Du Pont L fleet: Mackenzie, Gwin, Winslow, Chauncey M fleet: Decatur, Bailey, Wilkes, Plunger

To play, five cards are dealt to each player, with the rest of the cards placed face down for the draw pile.

Starting to the left of the dealer, a player asks for a specific ship that would help complete a ‘fleet’ in his hand. He may choose to ask whoever he wants. If he asks for the ship, say I-2 the Cincinnati, and receives it, he may ask for another card. If the player he asks does not have the card asked for, he would then pick a card from the draw pile.

Play passes to the next player, and moves around the table as described. If at any time a player is successful in creating a complete fleet, he lays the four cards in front of him face up. If at any time a player runs out of cards, he is allowed to pick two cards from the draw pile.

When the draw pile is exhausted, players finish play by asking for cards from hands of players only. The player who has the most sets at the end of play wins the game!

Item ID: RL-4427

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