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- Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 Feb 2017 10:51am EST) : Elgin - Nothing from either Zumwalt or Enterprise FPO - ship pictorial or the ships cancel just the Norfolk pictorial.
- esink (22 Feb 2017 7:56pm EST) : meaning ZUMWALT...
- esink (22 Feb 2017 7:20pm EST) : Thad and others concerned: Still have not received any covers directly from the ship for the Oct 15, 2016 Commissioning...how about anybody else?
- Neal Mills (22 Feb 2017 10:59am EST) : Thad - Haven't received my covers back for USS Enterprise LDPS and decommissioning either.
- John Young (22 Feb 2017 10:14am EST) : BMCM Jones: Boats, saw your email concern'g the N.S.C. #61 newsletters "Nukes" from Sept 1968 thru Aug 1971 & April 1974 thru Nov 1977 and will sent them to Art Cole for scanning
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (22 Feb 2017 9:47am EST) : Elgin - Thanks for the info on Anzio, very interesting. This is the first time a COPE has told me he did not have a postal cancel for the ship. His letter was very nice and polite about not having it. He took the time to use the cachet as a cancel. I wonder if it was just misplaced.
- Rich Hoffner (21 Feb 2017 10:10pm EST) : FARRAGUT arrived here today, dated 2-12-17. Type 9 on reverse. Filler cards repossessed by mail clerk.
- Rich Hoffner (21 Feb 2017 10:07pm EST) : Believe I saw that FRANK CABLE will be heading to Vigor Shipyard in Portland for four month multi-million dollar overhaul. Vigor tried and failed in their attempt to build the next class of USCG cutters. Used to be Todd Shipyards.
- Rich Hoffner (21 Feb 2017 10:01pm EST) : Question to chapters who maintain checking accounts. I have kept a chapter checking account, in my name for many years. It has gone through several mergers and currently Santandar is my banker. When originally opened, it was known as a "garden club account" by what was then a local bank around Philly. In the years following the original account, the banks who survived gave me free checking and now senior free checking. I have continued to deposit checks in the name of the chapter in that account but several months ago the bank questioned the checks and said they could not take "third party checks" and I would have to open a business account for the chapter. Last week they let me deposit several checks made to the chapter, but said they could no longer accept them due to bank policy. Has any other chapters had this problem? To open a business account has several negative problems, one could be tax liabilities, secondly it could bring about business privilege license issues, local sales tax issues and the big one, fees on the account. At this point I have had to return several checks and ask for replacement checks made to me. Would like to hear from other chapters.
- esink (21 Feb 2017 8:40pm EST) : Thad/I have received USS ANZIO FREE franks cancelled as recently as APR 12 2016 with UNIT cancel, corner card, and cachet. They may have been shown in a LOG shortly thereafter. Hopefully the ship post offices are still going to exist or their decline would greatly impact our hobby and society.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (21 Feb 2017 8:24pm EST) : Anyone get covers back from USS Enterprise CVN 65 decom (ships FPO)? I do know covers were cancelled using CVN 65's ship FPO cancel on February 2, 2016. How about the fancy cancel issued for the ship? The Norfolk pictorial cancels came through just fine.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (21 Feb 2017 7:43pm EST) : Covers received today from USS Anzio CG 68 - The COPE sent me a polite note saying that the Anzio does not have a postal cancel but used the ships cachet as a cancel. With email and cell phones I guess snail mail is dying out and no need for a regular postal cancel for letters.
BMCM JONES 3933 (20 Feb 2017 9:16pm EST) : I sent my files of the Nuclear Ships Chapter newsletters to be scanned to pdf format to Art Cole. He quickly scanned the 1962-1968 monthly newsletters and returned them and a cd with all the files in pdf.
Great fun reading them again. Art still needs issue number 1 and copies of the newsletter when the chapter was transferred to Chicago area. Contact Art Cole if you can help fill in the missing newsletters.
Once completed, the total disk will benefit nuke cover collectors and those interested in deep submergence vehicles.
I am proud to be a pack rat and had saved those newsletters for 50+ years.
- esink (19 Feb 2017 4:00pm EST) : Nicely processed FREE frank received today from USS MAHAN DDG-72 with hand-written corner card, no ship cachet and clear type ? cancel dtd JAN 24, 2017 and first one received in 2017...(this ship in Iranian standoff earlier in January). Noted that many of these cancels received recently do not have unit included.
John Young (18 Feb 2017 3:13pm EST) : Left out..... after Hall & Bartley
Then came World War II and many collectors went overseas.......
leaving their collections at home.
John Young (18 Feb 2017 3:10pm EST) : Boats,
I didn't take offense at your remark, as any organization with as many different personalities that has lasted
over 80 years is great.
We had over 1000 members by 1935,
then the ANCS came on the scene after a bitter election between Hall &
The came and many went overseas, leaving their collections at home. The only exception was Nalibow, who's collection went down with "Lady Lex"
By war's end- the USCS had less than 300 members, with many of the ships
going into mothballs.
The !950's saw the building of the DEWLINE and the introduction of the
nuclear submarines. The 1960's saw
collectors sending for space covers,
while the '70s they were looking for
covers from the North Pole
As one of our ASPP members from
New Zealand said once "... there is a very fine line between a collecting type hobby and mental illness, but
philately (naval covers or polar material) keeps us sane..."
Our Jersey Chapter psycho-therapist
"Doc" Rollins wrote recently that the naval collecting disease is incurable!
So let's suffer together.
Its my belief, membership will level out but we will have to work together
to try and get people interested in the
BMCM JONES 3933 (16 Feb 2017 8:04pm EST) : Re: my message 15 FEB.
I did not intend to imply that USCS was not great.
Poor attempt at humor!
- esink (15 Feb 2017 2:07pm EST) : ancient history...still waiting for fpo anniversary cancels for uss tr cvn71, uss stennis (pearl harbor anniv and oct commissioning for uss zumwalt...
Thad W. Kaczkowski (15 Feb 2017 10:43am EST) : Rich - Thanks for the great info.
Tom - Thanks for the reply.
- John Young (15 Feb 2017 9:16am EST) : Hey, Boats
BMCM JONES 3933 (15 Feb 2017 1:29am EST) : Just go home from 80 miles north of Toronto. Great winter weather and a Snow Moon with icy rain and foot of snow on the ground. Wife and daughter got to walk on lake ice out to the fish houses--great fun for Florida crackers.
March Log is finished and off to the printer.
Time for April columns and a change over to the new administration.
Still looking for volunteers for committees-- Have time? Special talents?
Let's make USCS Great Again!
- Rich Hoffner (14 Feb 2017 11:48pm EST) : USS Albuquerque SSN-706 date of 3-2-17 may be too early. Who has contacts at Bremerton?
- Rich Hoffner (14 Feb 2017 11:46pm EST) : USS Albuquerque SSN-706 Decommissioning 3-2-17 ??? Bremerton WA – good date? Not confirmed officially yet. She had deact in San Diego on 10-16-15.
- Rich Hoffner (14 Feb 2017 11:40pm EST) : On Brooklyn NY cancel for 100th Anniversary of USS ARIZONA. I returned the chapters 50 cancels in November after getting 50 crappy strikes. The customer Services person at Brooklyn promised to replace mine and the stamps that were ruined. Sent back, and included 50 of my envelopes. Nothing back yet. Returned in November. Sent a reminder yesterday, sort of hay, did you remember me? The person to contact if you want to ask about sloppy cancels contact is is Vadessa Hernandez.
- Rich Hoffner (14 Feb 2017 11:33pm EST) : There are indications (unconfirmed) that the Deactivation of the USS DALLAS SSN 700 will take place on Apr 9, 2017 in Galveston TX. Anyone else able to confirm this? We have a pictorial ready to deploy, but I can find nothing on the Internet to confirm the date. Perhaps a local NLUS Council is involved? Which one?
- Rich Hoffner (14 Feb 2017 11:32pm EST) : BLUE RIDGE unit cancel here today. No ships name.
- Tom Kean (Member) (14 Feb 2017 10:30pm EST) : Thad - I mailed it January 21 for the Feb 5 date requested. I typically mail 21 days in advance but am thinking about shortening that to see if I can up my return rate which fell off big time after the new address system went into place. Any thoughts about that? Or anyone else?
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (14 Feb 2017 5:29pm EST) : Thanks Neal - may be hope for mine too.
- Neal Mills (14 Feb 2017 4:51pm EST) : Thad - I'm guessing there is a new COPE on USS FRANK CABLE. My requests for Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's were all serviced and returned with nice cancels.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (14 Feb 2017 4:02pm EST) : Tom - Good news on the USS Frank Cable Unit Number cancel. Several other members and I have been trying to get covers from the Frank Cable for some time now. Hope our covers are found and serviced. How long ago did you send to the Frank Cable?
- Tom Kean (Member) (14 Feb 2017 3:38pm EST) : I received covers back yesterday from USS Gridley (very nice cancels) and USS Frank Cable - two excellent cancels, one is the first cancel I've seen yet with only a Unit Number in the dial to identify the ship; and the other was a 100th Anniversary Great While Fleet T-F cancel with a 2/5/2017 cancel. I posted scans of the Frank Cable cover on the Facebook/USCS page.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (13 Feb 2017 7:13pm EST) : Covers received today (Monday) 100th Anniversary - USS Arizona - Brooklyn - Horrible cancels, went into the trash. I will no longer send for pictorials from the off beat post offices servicing pictorials, not worth the frustration and cost. I'll stick to the Norfolk and Groton post offices and save my money.
guest_7584 (13 Feb 2017 2:23pm EST) : Since the NJ Chapter meeting last week week we've had some snowy days and gray weather but not as bad as Maine and New England.
A surprising good turnout considering the winter weather. Thanks John for the show and tell. Great photo cards.
When Stewart gets back for the summer we can have a board meeting at Chapter meetings. It will be interesting to see what we do the next two years for the 100th anniversary of WWI and the 75 th anniversary of WW II.
I am doing an article about the NJ built ships that fought in the pivotal naval battles of Guadalcanal 12-14 November 1942. To appear in the NJ Postal History Quarterly.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (10 Feb 2017 4:26pm EST) : 75th Anniversary PH "Dorie Miller" pictorials arrived today - excellent cancels.
- Dennis W. Gill (10 Feb 2017 3:25pm EST) : John Young: many thanks!
John Young (10 Feb 2017 2:16pm EST) : Dennis Gill: When my "Picketing Antarctica" exhibit is finished I'll scan the pages concerning CALCATERRA & send them to you.
According to my records- your DER made five patrols to Lat 60 South & were deployed from 24 SEP 1967-25 FEB 1968.
USS MILLS (DER 383) was the other radar picket ship during D.F. '68
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 Feb 2017 7:49pm EST) : Pictorial covers arrived today (Thursday) from Newport News, Va for the decommissioning of the USS Enterprise CVN 65 - very nicely done.
- Dennis W. Gill (09 Feb 2017 4:46pm EST) : John Young: I served on the USS Calcaterra (DER-390) on the Deep Freeze cruise of 1967-68, as an STG2. We made several voyages to "the ice" at the time, swapping out picket station duties with the USS Mills (DER-383). Alas, my philatelic interests as an 18-year-old at the time were non-existent, so I have no covers from my time on-board; I remember being much more interested then in chasing and falling in love with various Kiwi girls during our home port periods in Dunedin, NZ. Would like to see your DER exhibit, but I'm unable to attend RMSS.
- John Young (09 Feb 2017 9:41am EST) : Looks like first big snowfall of 2017 is hitting lower Hudson Valley. Good time to work on my exhibit for RMSS in May. Still have to remount two frames of DER covers that picketed the frozen continent until Deep Freeze '68
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (08 Feb 2017 2:58pm EST) : Covers received today (Wednesday) - USS Mason DDG 87 - very nicely cancelled cover with type 9 - February 6, 2017
- Steve Shay (08 Feb 2017 8:31am EST) : Thank you for the artist name John.
- John Young (08 Feb 2017 6:40am EST) : Steve Shay: Neat St. Valentine's Day cover, posted aboard USS RELIEF. The artist made be Relief sailor J.W. Uhl, who drew many of the mimeo-cachets for the 1934 east coast trip.
John Young (08 Feb 2017 6:30am EST) : Another New Jersey Chapter meeting went into the record books, with good friends, snacks & covers and a phone in from our Brooklyn "snow-bird" spending the winter in Arizona.
Our three "Quakers" from Pennsylvania brought more Decatur Chapter covers and cheese & crackers
while Bruno's wife sent nut-less brownies for Georg
Show & tell by yours truly of U.S. Revenue Cutter BEAR photo cards taken by the cutter's Master-at-Arms (1912-14) recently obtained from the late Dave Larson collection
THANKS DAVE for putting together a
great collection of BEAR material.
One post card will be featured in next "Goat Locker" column in March issue of USCS Log.
A special thanks to Phil Schreiber for hosting another great Jersey Chapter meeting.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (06 Feb 2017 7:15pm EST) : Covers received today (Monday) - USS Comstock LSD 45 - very good cancels. LSD 45 must have a new COPE because I received covers from mailings I made to the ship up to a year ago - four covers received. There is always hope for those long lost covers.
- esink (05 Feb 2017 3:55pm EST) : btw...was this the popular or electoral college vote? (-;
- esink (05 Feb 2017 11:24am EST) : Great choices and results!
Don Tjossem (04 Feb 2017 8:04pm EST) : 2017 - 2019 Election Results:
President: Richard Jones
Vice President: Richard Morain
Treasurer: Lloyd Ferrell
Secretary: Steve Shay
John P. Young
- lbbrennan (04 Feb 2017 3:36pm EST) : BMCM the start of a major increase in operations. I was cited in three articles about Iran, US and ROEs in Business Insider and they got nearly 100,000 hits in just over a day. Pete Leenhouts' proposal on the web needs to be implemented to help the chances of survival and growth for the USCS.
- Tom Kean (Member) (04 Feb 2017 12:20pm EST) : Elgin - I always provide a SASE for both pictorial and ship covers. About one out of 10 times, the SASE and covers are returned separately through the mail. Hate it when that happens, although sometimes they come out OK. Spray cancels are a curse not matter what - witness this last SEASON'S GREETINGS cancels which effectively usually obliterated the stamp.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (04 Feb 2017 10:49am EST) : Anyone have any info on the decommissioning of the USS Albuquerque SSN 706 in Bremerton, WA.?
- esink (03 Feb 2017 5:59pm EST) : Here's some interesting info on today's decommissioning of the "Big E": http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=98707
- esink (03 Feb 2017 1:51pm EST) : Brooklyn's cancel for USS ARIZONA BB-39 100th Anniversary finally received today with NYC sprayover dtd 1 FEB which is 4 months after the anniversary date of 16 OCT...at least they were received but will have to think about using a SASE from now on...
- Don Tjossem (03 Feb 2017 12:32pm EST) : Art Cole has agreed to take over the responsibilities of Publications Distribution for the USCS, a position Ray Younkins recently resigned from. Thank-you Art for volunteering to serve in this capacity. Everyone should look for the "Fire Sale" in the March LOG!
Joshua McGee (03 Feb 2017 12:11pm EST) : This is Joshua McGee from the collectpostmarks.com postmark site. The Stephen Decatur chapter recently sponsored a postmark for the USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658), and his widow posted on my site to say that funeral services for her husband Dick Erb, who served on the vessel, will be held tomorrow (Saturday, February 4). I don't know if anyone can use this information, but her comment is here:
- BMCM JONES 3933 (03 Feb 2017 11:54am EST) : USS COLE patrolling off Yemen-- covers out?
- Lbbrennan (02 Feb 2017 6:24pm EST) : Checking in.
- Tom Kean (Member) (02 Feb 2017 11:19am EST) : Thad - several times I have received covers from the caves in my SASE that were not mine; and never saw got my covers. I assume someone got SASE's mixed up. In two cases I got my covers back in my SASE along with covers that belonged to someone else. Maybe something liked that happened to you?
Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Feb 2017 6:08pm EST) : Elgin - I did not receive my USS Arizona - 100th Anniversary covers from Brooklyn.
I haven't received my 75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor pictorials but something really weird came though today. I received USS TR 30th Anniversary unaddressed serviced covers under separate cover from the mines in Kansas City. I already received my serviced covers from USS TR 30th anniversary from Norfolk. They cannot be for my PH cancels either since they are unaddressed and have different stamps than I use. No complaints since they are perfect.
- Tom Kean (Member) (01 Feb 2017 4:39pm EST) : Received both my Polar Star covers yesterday with large cachet and pretty good USAF McMurdo cancels. Also got my Honolulu 75th Ann. PH pictorial cancel covers and both were nice - good to get them after all the early confusion. Also got my Norfolk pictorials for the 5th anniversary of California SSN 781 - cancels were pretty good, just a tad underinked.
- esink (01 Feb 2017 3:39pm EST) : Did anybody ever get Brooklyn's cancel for USS ARIZONA BB-39 100th Anniversary?
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Feb 2017 10:00am EST) : Covers received yesterday (Tuesday) - USS Cole DDG 67 - Excellent cancel and type 9 but date in ships cancel of December 27, 2016 a little light.
- esink (01 Feb 2017 7:03am EST) : More current info on Deepfreeze in McMurdo: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=98641
- BMCM JONES 3933 (31 Jan 2017 11:51pm EST) : USS Washington commissioning is delayed again--NOT as listed in February LOG
- BMCM JONES 3933 (31 Jan 2017 11:49pm EST) : DDG 1003 keel laying was held at Bath Iron Works 30 January
- esink (31 Jan 2017 5:20pm EST) : Nothing received yet (nor expected)from USS STENNIS for Pearl Harbor Day...and have yet to receive the USS Roosevelt CVN 71 covers for 30th Anniversary of October 25, 2016 which I have heard are starting to trickle in. Mine must have been on the bottom of the pile.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (31 Jan 2017 10:05am EST) : John Y. - I sent one set to the PAO aboard Polar Star and one set to Chris Jasnoch because he said he would get covers aboard. I'm not sure how there were different sizes of the same cachet.
John Young (30 Jan 2017 6:55pm EST) : Thad, still waiting for the sister cover,
as I sent two SASE
- esink (30 Jan 2017 5:53pm EST) : My Pearl Harbor 75th covers were nicely processed and received today from Honolulu via Kansas City protected in cellophane and cardboard...
Thad W. Kaczkowski (30 Jan 2017 5:09pm EST) : John Y. -- Polar Star used two different cachets on two separate set of covers returned to me. One is the large cachet used in the past and the other set of covers had a small version of the same cachet.. two sets of covers...two different cachets.
Covers received today - a second set of covers arrived today from USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN 71 - this set had the October 25, 2016 cancel requested for the 30tth Anniversary... so guys looks like they are coming back... first Norfolk and now the ship for the 30th anniversary.
John Young (30 Jan 2017 5:01pm EST) : Ahoy Mates,
Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus as USCGC POLAR STAR cover for Deep
Freeze came back today, posted at
USAF McMurdo, Antarctica APO AP 96599 on 17 JAN 2017
Cover has large circular OSC of polar bear on ice floe, same as last year
Looks like a new cancel being used at
guest_1260 (29 Jan 2017 10:19am EST) : I am looking for any ship cancellations that used Sc # 703 or
Sc # 1937-8 (Battle of Yorktown stamps issued 10/19/31 and 10/16/81 respectively. I have the Comte de Grasse (dd-974) already. Thanks, Carl Flaum
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (29 Jan 2017 10:17am EST) : Rich H. - I was just looking at the German blog - US Navy schiffspost der blog for Sunday and it shows covers posted on USS Enterprise CVN 65 using ships FPO cancel (Jan 27, 2017), corner card and cachet along with a cover posted using Enterprise's own FPO cancel and cachet posted already for February 3, 2017. It looks like Enterprise does in fact still have a cancel device aboard. The cancel is different from what I have seen in the past from Enterprise but is in fact a cancel a issued cancel, also shows the large type 9. Hope my covers get the cancel that I sent for.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Jan 2017 2:54pm EST) : Covers received today (Saturday) - Deep Freeze covers from USCGC Polar Star WAGB 10 received today with APO McMurdo, Antarctica cancels January 17, 2017. Two different cachets from Polar Star both the same of Polar Bear from years past but one is the large cachet and the other is the same but much smaller. Covers were returned from USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN 71 - January 19, 2017 - Excellent cancel- Cancel is small wording of ships name and FPO. These were originally sent for the ships 30th Anniversary back in October but just serviced now.
- esink (28 Jan 2017 8:22am EST) : Just noted that those USS TEMPEST covers used JAN 2016 year in the cancel...NAVSUP BAHRAIN clerk forgot to change the device to 2017.
- esink (27 Jan 2017 9:14pm EST) : eLOG received and quickly read...another superb issue! Hope to receive hardcopy tomorrow for in-depth weekend reading (especially liked the POW-MIA cancel article which can be used for future reference).
John Young (27 Jan 2017 4:51pm EST) : As New Jersey Rec'd FEB eLOG & hard copy, so did this navo-philatelist living in lower Hudson Valley.
Remember USCS ballots have to be in by FEB 1st, so remember to vote often & early
- Phil Schreiber 9110 (27 Jan 2017 4:05pm EST) : eLOG and hard copy both received this afternoon in north New Jersey! My only regret is that the Pulitzer Prize people probably do not see it. It deserves a prize.
- esink (27 Jan 2017 2:15pm EST) : Nicely processed FREE franks received today from USS TEMPEST PC-2 with handwritten corner card (UNIT 100281 included); clear but light cancels dtd 16 JAN 2017 from NAVSUP FLC BAHRAIN (FPO AE 09834). These covers sent on August 27, 2016 represent the first patrol craft response ever.
BMCM JONES 3933 (27 Jan 2017 2:09pm EST) : 300+ eLOGS for February have been sent.
My paper copy arrived today in the mail.
- Phil Schreiber 9110 (27 Jan 2017 7:40am EST) : esink: I used Neal's address. I got it from their website and then phoned them to verify it.
- esink (26 Jan 2017 6:24pm EST) : Neal: Thanks for the info...will try that one and whatever Phil gives me if different; thought there would be FPO address if serving in Deepfreeze Antarctic.
Neal Mills (26 Jan 2017 6:12pm EST) : esink - I have the following address for Battalion One:
NAVY CARGO HANDLING BATTALION 1 NAVAL WEAPONS STATION YORKTOWN
290 4TH ST
WILLIAMSBURG VA 23185-5832
Hopefully Phil will confirm.
- esink (26 Jan 2017 2:29pm EST) : Phil: What mailing address did you use for Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One?
- Phil Schreiber 9110 (26 Jan 2017 9:38am EST) : esink; re op deep freeze and your link. I sent for covers from Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One. I'll let you know what happens. thanks for the info.
- esink (25 Jan 2017 9:56pm EST) : Just saw the March 2017 "Sea Classics" magazine including interesting article on USS DRAYTON DD 366 history with two illustrated naval covers.
- esink (25 Jan 2017 3:21pm EST) : More stimulating info and possible cover opportunities with current Operation Deep Freeze 2017: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=98551
- Dennis W. Gill (24 Jan 2017 9:40pm EST) : Dan Goodwin: thank you for your reply. No, the USS Frank Cable anniversary date did not cause me any problems. As a new USCS member--and being new to preparing cover cachets for submission to ships--I was double-checking the anniversary date and wondering if I was misunderstanding something. Thank you for preparing the anniversary list; I find it quite useful when preparing covers.
- Dan Goodwin (24 Jan 2017 8:08am EST) : Dennis Gill: The wrong date for Frank Cable is my error. When I put the list together I obviously read the wrong line. I am getting old and it may be a good time for another member to consider providing this information to the Log editor. Until that time I will try my best to submit error free information. My apology if this wrong info has caused problems for you or any other USCS member. - Dan Goodwin
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 Jan 2017 7:30pm EST) : Covers received today (Monday) - USS Philippine Sea CG 58 - December 28, 2016 - Excellent cancel - Ship name in upper part of cancel and U.S. Navy in the lower part of the cancel.
- esink (23 Jan 2017 6:20pm EST) : Interesting info for polar collectors about current Operation Deepfreeze operations: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=98511
- Dennis W. Gill (23 Jan 2017 2:55pm EST) : The last several issues of the "Log" have listed, under "Ship Anniversaries" on page 2, "35 Years - Frank Cable AS-40, 2/5." Every source I've checked has shown USS Frank Cable being commissioned on 29 Oct. '79. Am I missing something? Thanks!
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 Jan 2017 11:24am EST) : Rich H. - Thank you very much for all the great information !!!
- S.B.Milstein (22 Jan 2017 10:41pm EST) : I am selling covers on hipstamp.com that did not sell via the Sales Circuit. I sell as SBM Ship covers. USCS bebefits from the sale of the covers.
- esink (22 Jan 2017 9:45pm EST) : Rich: Thanks for keeping us updated with all that useful info.
Rich Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 8:41pm EST) : Following have been submitted for Norfolk:
JEFFERSON CITY SSN 759 Feb 28
CARL VINSON CVN 70 Mar 13
WASHINGTON SSN 787 Mar 25
Also submitted, to Groton:
ANNAPOLIS SSN 760 Apr 11
HAWAII SSN 776 May 5
MISSISSIPPI SSN 782 June 2
Submitted to Newport News:
ENTERPRISE CVN 65 Feb 3
INDIANA SSN 789 Chris Apr 29
The following do not have dates confirmed yet or are questionable:
ALBUQUERQUE SSN 706 (held a deact ceremony in Hawaii so date for "real" deact is questionable)
DALLAS SSN 700 Deact
PORTLAND LPD 27 FDC
- Rich Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 8:26pm EST) : As for PH covers from caves, we will just have to relax. Besides filling orders for every post office across the nation, they also fill philatelic orders and also our pictorials. I am sure that there are many cover collectors and dealers sending for the Inaugural postmark and that may delay all other cancels.
- Rich Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 8:23pm EST) : See notes of non-receipt of ARIZONA 100th Anniv. of Commissioning. Mine did come in, and I immediately contacted the contact at Brooklyn PO. The covers were all badly done. She gave me approval to return them for replacements. I did so. About two weeks ago I contacted her again and reminded her that I was still waiting. She replied that she had been busy and would get to them. Still waiting. Perhaps tomorrow will bring a surprise to my rural mail box.
- Rich Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 8:20pm EST) : BMCM Jones. Congrats on being at the helm for the Log as it reaches issue 1000. Thank you! "BZ".
- Rich Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 8:19pm EST) : Neal, you are our "on the spot cub reporter"! You might call the ship and ask the SUPPO. By now her civilian land line phone to the quarter deck is probably operational. Perhaps they will have an update on the Post Office.
Rich Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 8:14pm EST) : A translation with the T-F FPO CVN65 cancel that is in the 22 Jan 2017 Schiffspost blog:
Since the extra-service is already taking place in two weeks, documents should be sent to the carrier without delay (if not already done) (see address list). For a success I can not guarantee!
I really doubt collectors from Germany will get the covers to the ship on time or with a proper address.
- Rich Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 8:07pm EST) : I did notice that covers returned from Norfolk were (my Priority Mail package) hand cancelled at a different station then previous covers. Perhaps there has been a change there? No tracking was applied so I could not check further. These were the TR and CA covers.
Rich Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 8:03pm EST) : The Spanish message translates to: GOOD AFTERNOON HELPS ME TO TRY THE COMMITMENT, THE TRACKING NUMBER IS ... CC008602695ES
It appears to be a tracking number for the USPS, perhaps a customs label or Express Mail but it does not track in their system.
- Rich Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 7:57pm EST) : No ZUMWALT ship FDC covers here either. I'm thinking the ship has so many problems that the ships Supply Dept is not worrying about supplies or postal effects at this point. Last word I had was that no one ordered postal effects for the ship. I can't find out why, but I have an idea. Initially, during studies and costs to build the ship, it was to be built with a vary small crew, thus possibly too few to warrant a post office. As the project went along and costs rose, so did the crew needed to run the ship. The current crew size does rate a post office, and I was told that the postal effects were ordered and the ship would catch up with them when they arrived in San Diego. I was also advised that covers on hand would be done with the commissioning day date. Some would call this "gun-decking". Me, I'll call it a commissioning cover and file it away, IF IT COMES THROUGH!
Rich Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 7:48pm EST) : My covers for the last two events just came through from Norfolk VA post office. Somewhat late but all cancels perfectly applied.
Our contact at Newport News post office has advised that it is not her job to any longer submit pictorials for approval. I know the regs and it is the job of the Postmaster (local post office) to get the requests and forward them to the district for approval. I'm not going to quote regs to her, but the one she had on her desk and the next pictorial from Newport News have been submitted by me directly to the District in Richmond for approval.
- RIch Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 7:44pm EST) : Thad. According to officials on the ship, they do not have postmarks any longer. I am hopeful that what you saw on Schiffspost blog works out. I only got approval last week, and device is not yet done. When it is it will be sent to a Chief's home address in Norfolk (he is a "Legacy" PC) to avoid delays in U S Customs inspections for FPO addresses for packages. Hopefully he will do whatever covers are already on hand. I am not sure the FPO address is valid any longer. I will include members covers that have covers with me for the USCS Cover Service.
- Keith MacKay #12477 (22 Jan 2017 5:58am EST) : Thanks, Don. That's what I found on the USPS website for first class domestic letters. I've been led to understand that the 1 1/2 cent and 2 cent stamps represent the rates for unsealed envelopes and/or printed matter, but I haven't yet found a quotable reference source for that. And I have no guidance at all concerning the 4-cent rate, although I assume it applied to the foreign (i.e. Canadian) delivery destination. I think I need to join APS!
Don Tjossem (22 Jan 2017 3:19am EST) : Keith, This link may help answer you questions:
Keith MacKay #12477 (21 Jan 2017 10:11pm EST) : I'm new to naval cover collecting and US material in general and I don't fully understand what I'm looking at in the few covers that I've acquired so far. They're all cancelled in Canadian ports in the period 1932-1940; and most of them are addressed to US destinations and franked with 1 1/2, 2 and 3 cent stamps. The USPS website shows me that 3 cents was 1/2 ounce domestic letter rate from July 6, 1932 to December 31, 1951, but I haven't found anything on line that explains the 1 1/2 and 2 cent rates. I have a couple franked with 6 cents which I assume must have paid an airmail rate; and one addressed to a Canadian destination franked with a 4 cent stamp.
I'd appreciate guidance to a comprehensive source of US rate info for the 1930's.
- esink (21 Jan 2017 12:43pm EST) : Just returned from the York PA stamp show...some nice 50 cent naval covers bought from Baltimore-based "Geezer's Tweezers".
- esink (21 Jan 2017 12:39pm EST) : Here is interesting info about NAVSUP GLS mail delivery to Antarctica and other places: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=98484
- Neal Mills (21 Jan 2017 11:42am EST) : Great news Thad.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (20 Jan 2017 7:57pm EST) : Covers arrived today (Friday) for the pictorial from Norfolk - USS California SSN 781 - 5th Anniversary. Both covers had excellent cancels.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (20 Jan 2017 12:55pm EST) : I was just looking at the Feb 3, 2017 Decommissioning pictorial from Newport News for the USS Enterprise on - US Navy Schiffspost der blog - and it really is detailed. I hope it turns out to be a clear cancel, the detailed pictorials tend to fill with ink.... will wait and see. Hope the cancels (FPO) from the ship are okay also.
- guest_2884 (19 Jan 2017 12:46pm EST) : BUENAS TARDES ME AYUDA A RRASTREAR LA ENCOMIENDA, EL NUMERO DE SEGUIMIENTO ES... CC008602695ES
- esink (18 Jan 2017 8:53pm EST) : ...nor have I seen ZUMWALT (FPO) commissioning covers yet.
- Tom Kean (Member) (18 Jan 2017 8:44pm EST) : Neal - I haven't seen Zumwalt covers.
- Neal Mills (17 Jan 2017 10:23pm EST) : Thad - Thank you for the response. I'm missing the same covers plus some Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's covers from some of the CVNs.
Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Jan 2017 7:48pm EST) : Covers received from Norfolk for the USS TR 30th Anniversary today (Tuesday) but one was great and one was poorly struck. These go back to October 25, 2016. The USS California 5th Anniversary from October are still out for Norfolk. Sharon Gregory usually services covers perfectly ... wonder if someone else did these.
Neal -- nothing back from USS Zumwalt on this end.
- Neal Mills (17 Jan 2017 7:31pm EST) : Has anyone received commissioning covers from USS ZUMWALT? Supposedly, she was going to receive her cancellation device when she got to San Diego. ZUMWALT has been here about a month.
- Tom Kean (Member) (17 Jan 2017 6:03pm EST) : My TR 30th pictorial covers arrived today. Very, slightly underinked (better than over), but very nice looking anyway.
BMCM JONES 3933 (16 Jan 2017 1:18pm EST) : February Log is at the printers--short month for turn around.
Will need March's columns next week and any articles you all have been working on.
March issue is #1000 !!
- Tom Kean (Member) (13 Jan 2017 10:00pm EST) : Not sure why I suddenly became Guest_7502. Downloaded a Windows update - maybe that wiped out my name.
- guest_7502 (13 Jan 2017 9:58pm EST) : No 75th yet Elgin or 100th. Hope to see them soon....
- esink (12 Jan 2017 11:26pm EST) : Thanks Thad for the info...will not hold my breath awaiting these returns.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Jan 2017 9:49pm EST) : Elgin - I have Not received the 100th Anniversary - USS Arizona - Brooklyn and No to having received covers from USS TR (FPO) for the 30th Anniversary. The Pearl Harbor pictorials per Rich Hoffner will be applied at the "Caves" in Kansas City. Honolulu forwarded those that weren't cancelled at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base.
- esink (12 Jan 2017 5:40pm EST) : A repeat posting from (27 Dec 2016 5:09pm EST): Has anybody received the following: USS ARIZONA 100th from Brooklyn, PEARL HARBOR 75th (pictorial) and the FPO (USS TR 30th)? (I know some of you have received the FPO from USS STENNIS dtd on PEARL HARBOR 75th.)
Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Jan 2017 2:26pm EST) : Received a letter today (1/12/17) from Norfolk Post Office in regards to not receiving pictorials as far back as October. Sharon Gregory, Customer Service Coordinator wrote - This is in response to your letter of December 28, 2016. Thank you for your kind words. Unfortunately, the stamps were ordered late. However, I am working on the Theodore Roosevelt cancellations. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Thank you for your patience" signed Sharon Gregory.
Looks like they are still in process... USS California anniversary and TR anniversary from October.
Thad W. Kaczkowski (10 Jan 2017 10:54pm EST) : Tom...Ditto on the SSBN 658 from Vallejo, CA today. My two cancels were both perfect.
I have tried calling Norfolk PO and even sent a letter to Customer Relations, Sharon Gregory to see what is going on with the pictorials not being returned as far back as October. But no answer on the phone (left messages) or answer to my letter Hope it gets cleared up soon since there are three scheduled pictorials for February and March for Norfolk.
- Tom Kean [Member] (10 Jan 2017 6:22pm EST) : Received 50th anniversary covers back today with pictorials for USS Mariano G. Vallejo SSBN-558. The cancels are dated 16 Dec 2016 at Vallejo, CA. One of the covers has a perfect cancel, this other one is slightly underinked (or under pressed?), but legible and keepable.
- Lbbrennan (10 Jan 2017 9:18am EST) : Checking in
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 Jan 2017 7:08pm EST) : Covers received today from USS Mustin DDG 89 - Excellent cancels - December 9, 2016 - Unit cancel 100198, FPO AP 96672 - no ships name in cancel.
- Tom Kean [Member] (09 Jan 2017 6:14pm EST) : Got my hard copy of the LOG on Friday. Haven't looked through it yet, but look forward to it.
- esink (08 Jan 2017 3:56pm EST) : Hard copy Jan Log received in central PA yesterday...great issue, especially the Alvin article!
- esink (07 Jan 2017 3:19pm EST) : Nice covers with ship cachets received from (not yet commissioned) carrier GERALD FORD CVN 78 clearly cancelled DEC 26, 2016 on tenth anniversary of the president’s passing.
- Tom Kean [Member] (05 Jan 2017 11:31am EST) : Great information Rich. Thanks!
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (04 Jan 2017 8:34pm EST) : Thanks Rich for all the info.
- esink (04 Jan 2017 5:35pm EST) : Thanks, Rich, for that concise explanation...answers my questions well for those three situations.
- Rich Hoffner (04 Jan 2017 5:08pm EST) : I posted my most recent TR cancels on our Facebook page. Nov 2015 was my latest.
- Rich Hoffner (04 Jan 2017 4:39pm EST) : I know someone will ask, what ship will have Directory Service for ENTERPRISE. That is above my pay-grade 🙂
- Rich Hoffner (04 Jan 2017 4:37pm EST) : Elgin, Deacts, LDPS, LDC and last use of cancels aboard large ships is very fluid. Depends on amount of crew still left behind. After Deact. Ceremony, a large amount of the crew are reassigned and depart for new ships or units. Smaller ships are predictable and Deact and LDPS usually are same date, but sometimes not so. Official documentation is spotty and sometimes can be determined in person at a shipyard or by phone. Some crews (what's left after Deact Ceremony) move into a building (some say "barge") and continue ships business and partial postal operations until last day when flag comes down and last entry is made into ships log. There is no norm with this process. I mention "partial" postal operations as usually such services as registry, money orders, certified mail are no longer available. A ship as large as ENTERPRISE will have their forwarding transferred to another ship which will preform "Directory Service". Sometimes this results in a unique postal cancel with wording Directory Service in the cancel, but usually it is just a boxed rubber stamp with lines to place dates of service in.
Rich Hoffner (04 Jan 2017 4:21pm EST) : A tip: When sending for pictorials, I find that including the following sentence with your polite request....
Cancellations should be applied in a clean clear manner with evenly applied pressure in black ink.
I found the sentence either in the DMM or possibly in USPS Publication 230. Can't hurt when sending covers to USPS post offices that are not familiar with philatelic postmarks.
- Rich Hoffner (04 Jan 2017 4:17pm EST) : Cancels on that site are submitted by Wolfgang Hechler as he designs them for me. US Navy Schiffspost der blog, is more timely then our Log at times. But beware, sometimes revisions are made to the pictorials at my request after being uploaded to that site. I am still pursuing a t-f for CVN65, but no permission yet. A design is ready if I get a go. I believe that the ships FPO address will be deleted from USPS computers after LDPS, so if you are sending, address your covers to Postal Officer at FPO address ASAP. Late sendings may be returned to you.
- Rich Hoffner (04 Jan 2017 4:10pm EST) : Replacement covers from Brooklyn NY for 100th Anniv. of commissioning of ARIZONA still not back, but retail person says she will take care of them, said she had a busy Christmas season as reason for delay.
- Rich Hoffner (04 Jan 2017 4:08pm EST) : Covers in yesterday from Camden NJ for GUARDFISH. All 50 covers had perfect postmarks. I had my fingers crossed and early reports were not good.
Rich Hoffner (04 Jan 2017 4:07pm EST) : "The Quakers" did indeed enjoy the NJ Chapter meeting and the 1,000 covers from a USCS circuit that awaited members. Brought some nice covers home, priced at, are you sitting down.... 3 for a dollar!
I think the new site that Stew is selling covers on for the USCS is called Hip Stamps.
On the rain, better then the white stuff.
guest_9870 (04 Jan 2017 12:39am EST) : Another great Jersey Chapter meeting, as the Quakers came bearing boxes of covers
Stewart Milstein called from sunny Arizona, as he was BBQ'ing hamburgers
and we were going through the circuits
that came via pony express.
He reports that he selling covers we've already seen on Bid-start.com
First meeting of the new year- had 11
not bad for a rainy evening
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (03 Jan 2017 4:39pm EST) : Today I received my replacement covers from Camden, NJ. (USS Guardfish SSN 612) There were four replacements and they were returned with perfect cancels and they did replace the stamps. Excellent.
- Rich Hoffner (02 Jan 2017 4:52pm EST) : "Gain more weight" well said by a "cook". Remember aboard most cutters mid-rats are "open galley" so enjoy and keep in mind that if the cutters budget is affected, the kitchen will be locked down until it balances. The mid-rats galley aboard ARBUTUS is where I learned to make fried banana sandwiches. Calories? Carbohydrates? Never thought of them in those years.
- Rich Hoffner (02 Jan 2017 4:47pm EST) : I return ALL badly applied postmarks. Many times it involves 50 covers that I had submitted for the chapter. I also send my own un-serviced envelopes (laser envelopes from Karl Zurn) as I don't want them done on what I call 5&10 store envelopes. I also enclose USPS Form 3533, signed. You can not download the most recent version (2003 and 2006 are on-line) but it is available at your local post office. It is bar-coded now.
- Rich Hoffner (02 Jan 2017 4:39pm EST) : Called Camden NJ and Bellmawr NJ (District Customer Services) to see who is cancelling covers and to ask that they do so in a manner that collectors can enjoy them. Left messages both places, hopefully someone is listening.
John Young (02 Jan 2017 11:30am EST) : My New Year's Resolution: Gain more weight or Buy more covers
Hope to keep one of them!
John Young (01 Jan 2017 4:37am EST) : A Happy New Year with good health to all my friends in the coming year
May you all find that missing cover during the year, whether Coast Guard,
polar or naval.
- Tom Kean [Member] (31 Dec 2016 10:32pm EST) : To the folks who occupy this chat area, a Happy New Year and great collecting in 2017. May there be many ship returns with clear cancels! And thanks to all of you who have responded to me pleas for help on this chat.
- Tom Kean [Member] (31 Dec 2016 10:30pm EST) : Elgin (and others) - someday it might be interesting/useful to share our respective processes for getting covers and timing, including how we word our requests. For example, I used to send for ship covers well in advance of the date requested and got great returns. Then as returns started dwindling over the last two years, I started sending them 21 days out which has helped my returns a bit in the last 6 months (or something has). And so on...
- Mike Meister (31 Dec 2016 8:04pm EST) : I hope everyone has a very happy, healthy and safe 2017!
- esink (31 Dec 2016 2:43pm EST) : Thad/Nice cancels on Schiffspost blog, but I haven't tried to read German since I took college German 50 years ago...wondering about an English version of the blog.
- esink (31 Dec 2016 2:35pm EST) : Tom Kean: My STENNIS covers must have been the first ones into the ship post office because I sent quite early; that means they are on the bottom of the stack...you know, first in and last out (-:
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (31 Dec 2016 11:48am EST) : Correction - USS Washington SSN 787 pictorial is Ma5 25, 2017 at Norfolk, VA and NOT Groton.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (31 Dec 2016 11:23am EST) : Take a look - Google this blog.... US Navy Schiffspost der blog. It has the Decommission pictorial for USS Enterprise CVN 65 - Newport News, VA Feb. 3, 2017; USS Carl Vinson CVN 35th Anniversary pictorial Norfolk, VA Mar 13, 2017; USS Washington SSN 787 Commission pictorial - Groton, CT - Mar 25, 2017 plus others. I look at this blog every day.
- esink (30 Dec 2016 8:38pm EST) : Thad/I send out every five years to the TR for anniversary postmarks and always have gotten a good return...but not this year, yet.
Thad W. Kaczkowski (30 Dec 2016 3:45pm EST) : Neal, no never did get the USS TR 30th anniversary from the ship. I haven't gotten any covers from TR even from my earlier mass mailing to the fleet over the summer. They went into shutdown... probably because of the work that was being done in the yard. they are just now getting it together. Haven't gotten anything from Nimitz or IKE from my mailing either. Usually carriers are pretty good.
Still waiting for the pictorial for 30th for TR from Norfolk.
- esink (30 Dec 2016 3:38pm EST) : Interesting summary for 2016 Navy events on this website: https://news.usni.org/2016/12/28/23030
- Neal Mills (30 Dec 2016 12:58pm EST) : Thad, did you get your covers back from USS TR or are those still in the wind also?
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (30 Dec 2016 10:15am EST) : Tried calling Norfolk PO multiple times about USS TR & California pictorials from October but no answer or voice mail that no one returns. Wrote a letter to Sharon Gregory, Customer Relations at Norfolk so lets see what happens.
- Rich Hoffner (29 Dec 2016 2:40pm EST) : I had a date of 17 Jan 2017 for LDC of ALBUQUERQUE. I am told it had slipped to at least 2 Mar 2017 (in Bremerton WA). No pictorial has been considered since the date is fluid and can't be confirmed yet. DALLAS hinted to be deactivated in March 2017 at Groton.
- esink (29 Dec 2016 2:14pm EST) : Nicely processed FREE frank received today from USS WASP LHD-1 with rubber-stamped (unit included) corner card, ship cachet and clear type ? (no unit included) cancel dtd NOV 15, 2016. (Never expected to get any returns from this ARG and especially this carrier now returned stateside).
Don Tjossem (29 Dec 2016 12:17pm EST) : Richard,
Thank-you again for producing a wonder LOG for our enjoyment. Fairwinds on your year-end cruise.
- Phil Schreiber 9110 (29 Dec 2016 11:59am EST) : ???
Phil Schreiber 9110 (29 Dec 2016 11:57am EST) : BMCM JONES: THIS IS A SPECIAL REQUEST. WOULD YOU PLEASE SEND ME A POST CARD FOR MY SUMMER CRUISES COLLECTION WHILE YOU ARE ON PRESENT CRUISE.
MAIL TO: PHIL SCHREIBER 123 SO.ADELAIDE-3B, HIGHLAND PARK NJ 08904
PLEASE HAVE SHIP'S POSTAL MARK/CACHET APPLIED. MANY THANKS & FAIR WINDS & FOLLOWING SEAS.
- Tom Kean [Member] (29 Dec 2016 8:56am EST) : Richard Jones - Happy New Year and have a great time on your cruise! Thanks for all your hard work as Editor!
- Tom Kean [Member] (29 Dec 2016 8:51am EST) : I am with you Rich. I am so busy since I retired, I wonder how I ever had time to work!
- Tom Kean [Member] (29 Dec 2016 8:50am EST) : Elgin - I got my Stennis covers back, but not anything from TR.
- esink (29 Dec 2016 6:55am EST) : Quickly scanned current JAN eLOG...much interesting history within; great issue, Richard.
BMCM JONES 3933 (29 Dec 2016 12:45am EST) : 380 copies of the first 2017 USCS eLOG have been sent tonight,
Heading for New Year's Cruise to Eastern Caribbean on Friday.
Still need articles for February (short) and for March and April to keep files full.
Happy New Year!
- esink (28 Dec 2016 11:56pm EST) : Rich, So which one happens first? (I thought the post office had quit with the DEACT.)
- Rich Hoffner (28 Dec 2016 11:12pm EST) : LDC and LDPS are not the same for CVN-65.
Rich Hoffner (28 Dec 2016 11:11pm EST) : Interesting note on USS Charles F Adams DDG-2 website. Notice mention of 12 OHP Class FFG's to Poland. News to me.
"SAVE THE ADAMS" project update - December 21, 2016
We now have a project update from the JHNSA. Following are excerpts from a message sent from JHNSA President Dan Bean to ACVA directors.
The ship repair facility has 12 Perry Class Frigates they are preparing for Poland, hence we were moved to the back of the line. If there are delays with the Perry Class project, we will be delayed too. "We are letting the public know that March 7, 2017 is our dry dock date.
You can also share that we are moving forward on the pier preparations
More funds will be needed after her arrival for us to build her out the way we hope, so please keep asking. For now, we believe we can establish top-side tours within six weeks of her arrival. Then we focus on the berthing compartment and go from there.
- esink (28 Dec 2016 9:48pm EST) : More info on the IKE's return and the impact on the middle east: http://www.defensenews.com/articles/no-us-carrier-now-in-the-mideast
- esink (28 Dec 2016 3:25pm EST) : Is the Last Day Postal Service for the USS ENTERPRISE the same as the decommissioning date?
- esink (28 Dec 2016 2:20pm EST) : MORE Interesting info on the IKE CSG returning home: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=98300
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Dec 2016 8:54pm EST) : Got it Rich - USS Enterprise CVN 65, Unit 100350 Box 1, FPO AE 09543.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Dec 2016 8:38pm EST) : Rich or anyone... what is Unit # and zip for Enterprise???? Jan 17 is right around the corner.
Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Dec 2016 8:33pm EST) : Wow Rich H..... good info and thank you. Appreciate the sharing. I resent covers to Honolulu for the Dec 7 cancels hope they forwarded them to the "caves". I still never gotten the Brooklyn cancel for Arizona. Sharon Gregory has been pretty good in Norfolk but never took this long to prepare pictorials. The USS TR 30th and USS California 5th from October are still out. I hope she is still there. That was part of my phone call to Norfolk today. I might try again tomorrow.
Having spent 40 hectic years in IT has made retirement over the past four years a dream. Except the part of recovering from a broken back. It has helped slow me down over the past 18 months.
Keep us posted please Rich....
- Rich Hoffner (27 Dec 2016 5:37pm EST) : Two new forms have been sent to me by "the caves" to be filled out and submitted with pictorial cancels in the future. These are legal documents that pass any liability about intellectual property rights issues to the artist and submitter of the postmarks. I have used the new forms for the first three naval pictorials I have submitted for 2017, but I have signed as a member of the USCS. These should be reviewed by a lawyer on behalf of the Society, but at this point we no longer have a legal liaison. Any thoughts? I do have written permission from the Navy to use the ships crests in cancels now (that took nearly a year to get permission), but these forms go as far as demanding that the font used in the postmarks is not someone's intellectual property. It also states that the release is governed by US federal law and the laws of the State of New York. I sent a message about the fonts and the issue of following the laws of New York. I did not expect a speedy reply, and none has come yet.
- Rich Hoffner (27 Dec 2016 5:26pm EST) : For those asking about the pictorial for Dec 7 at Honolulu HI, I am told by the editor of a philatelic blog that that due to the Customer Services person at Honolulu expecting a deluge of collectors sending for the cancel, the postmark we presented them will be transferred to "the caves" with all covers received for cancelling in Kansas City.
- Rich Hoffner (27 Dec 2016 5:22pm EST) : Ever since Hervey Trimyer retired, my contact at Norfolk post office has been Mrs. Sharon Gregory. That has been a few years, so I am hopeful that she is still there.
- Rich Hoffner (27 Dec 2016 5:20pm EST) : I think you all know that I got 50 bad cancels from Brooklyn NY and returned them all for replacements. Nothing back and it has been several weeks since I sent them back.
- Rich Hoffner (27 Dec 2016 5:18pm EST) : A pictorial has been submitted to Newport News post office for Decommissioning date for CVN-65. The carrier has not responded about a T-F for Decommissioning.
- Rich Hoffner (27 Dec 2016 5:16pm EST) : Last Day Postal Service aboard CVN65 is reported as 1/17/17. Use the normal FPO address for her. This came from one of my sources, not the carrier.
- Rich Hoffner (27 Dec 2016 5:12pm EST) : Bad cancels from Camden NJ? Mine are not back yet. This has been a problem with Camden NJ for many years and each time we make contact with the customer services person asking them to have someone cancel them who knows what a pictorial cancel is.
- Rich Hoffner (27 Dec 2016 5:11pm EST) : Thad, I don't know where you get all this free time. I can't get everything done I want to each day.
- esink (27 Dec 2016 5:09pm EST) : 'Have yet to receive USS ARIZONA 100th from Brooklyn, PEARL HARBOR 75th (pictorial) and FPO from USS STENNIS; also the FPO (USS TR 30th)...anybody get any of these yet?
Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Dec 2016 4:28pm EST) : Tom -That's great. I packaged up all my bad cancels and sent new covers (minus stamps) back to Camden, NJ today for a replacement. Let's see what happens.
I also tried calling the post office at Norfolk, VA about not getting pictorials back from October (USS TR 30th and California 5th) wanted to speak to someone but just had to leave a message to have someone call..... no one has. Man after retiring I didn't realize how much time I have on my hands.
- Tom Kean [Member] (27 Dec 2016 3:58pm EST) : Thad - My Guardfish pictorials arrived today. Both have excellent cancels. Sorry yours were not, and hope you get a return with good ones. Tom
- esink (27 Dec 2016 1:46pm EST) : Interesting info and history on the IKE CSG leaving the Med and the 6th fleet: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=98291
- Tom Kean [Member] (26 Dec 2016 12:46am EST) : Thanks Steve. I give that a try. Hope your holiday was a great one. Tom
- Steve Shay (25 Dec 2016 4:52pm EST) : Tom, put all the Log files into one single folder then do a search on the folder, not a search on a single issue. I do it all the times and get hits in multiple issues. Or put all the Logs onto one flash drive if you don't store them on your hard drive and do the same, search on the flash drive
- Neal Mills (25 Dec 2016 3:16pm EST) : Hope Santa was good to all of you. I'm spending a few days with my not quite 2 yr old grandson. Life couldn't be better.
- esink (24 Dec 2016 1:21pm EST) : Best wishes for Happy Holidays to all USCS members and your families!!
- Neal Mills (24 Dec 2016 12:49pm EST) : Thad, Tom, All -- Merry Christmas!
- Tom Kean [Member] (24 Dec 2016 11:59am EST) : Question - I have been using the CD version of the LOG archives. I have not been able to get a single hit on a search of all LOG issues on a single volume as a group of LOGS. The search function works well one LOG issue at a time. Is that they way this is supposed to work? Thanks to anyone who might know! Merry Christmas.
- Tom Kean [Member] (24 Dec 2016 11:57am EST) : Merry Christmas to also Thad - and to anyone else who see this!
Thad W. Kaczkowski (24 Dec 2016 11:48am EST) : Tom... I'm going to send them back to Camden, NJ and see what happens...I'll let you guys know.
Where's Neal??? He's the only one that hasn't checked in on our chat page.
Merry Christmas everyone..
- Tom Kean [Member] (24 Dec 2016 11:18am EST) : I have had some success with returning them - c/o of the postmaster at that zip. In a number of cases, I have actually gotten new covers along with the bad ones with apology notes. Still haven't seen my 75th PH covers yet.
- esink (24 Dec 2016 9:27am EST) : Thad, It's probably worth the effort even though extra postage expense may be incurred...never know until attempted. Some of ill-trained clerks anywhere will most likely never get it right.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (24 Dec 2016 8:58am EST) : Can pictorials that are serviced poorly be returned for a free replacement at the post office were they applied or is that just wishful thinking. Results at the usual places, Norfolk and Groton are for the most part perfect, it's the odd ball places that seem to service them poorly.
- Tom Kean [Member] (23 Dec 2016 10:04pm EST) : Thad - sorry to hear about your Guardfish cancels - hope mine are better. It is interesting to me that we are getting so many poor cancels for ship events. I also get pictorial cancels for lots of other non-naval events for my grandkids - and the vast majority of the (say 95%) come back very nicely done or at least acceptable. Don't know what that tells me, but it is odd.
Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 Dec 2016 7:16pm EST) : Thanks Neal. I saw that too but was also looking at the pictorial in the November Log from Olympia, WA as January 7, 2017.
Covers received today for the USS Guardfish SSN 612 - 50th Anniversary from Camden, NJ. Two separate mailings of four covers (two each) and all junk. If these places have a pictorial cancellation why not have someone apply it that does it right or not at all... another waste of time and money.
- Neal Mills (23 Dec 2016 12:39pm EST) : Thad - the latest info I've seen is "The commissioning will be late March 2017 in Norfolk." This is from the commissioning committee's web page.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 Dec 2016 11:02am EST) : Is the commissioning of the USS Washington SSN 787 at Norfolk still scheduled for January 7, 2017 ??? Someone pleas confirm please. Thanks.
- esink (20 Dec 2016 1:24pm EST) : yup you got that right!
- Neal Mills (19 Dec 2016 10:11pm EST) : Someone has to keep chat alive 🙂
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (19 Dec 2016 6:34pm EST) : Thanks Neal, Tom and Elgin. It seems we always have our own chat going on here.
- Tom Kean [Member] (19 Dec 2016 4:59pm EST) : Thanks Elgin. Interesting and informative.
- esink (19 Dec 2016 2:31pm EST) : Interesting historical info and planned upgrades for the USS GW: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=98195
- esink (19 Dec 2016 2:02pm EST) : Thad/Answer is "NO" to all, except the USS CA and the USS TR (Norfolk)for which no covers were sent...
- Tom Kean [Member] (19 Dec 2016 12:44pm EST) : Haven't seen any of those Thad. I don't hold much hope out for sub covers, but every once in awhile I get a nice surprise. I keep trying though. Good luck!
- Neal Mills (19 Dec 2016 12:44pm EST) : Thad - Still waiting on all of them.
Thad W. Kaczkowski (19 Dec 2016 11:21am EST) : Has anyone received the following pictorials from Norfolk....USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN 71 - 30th anniversary, USS California SSN 781 - 5th anniversary.
From Brooklyn - 100th anniversary USS Arizona or the 30th anniversary from the ship - USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN 71???
Has anyone received the correct 75th anniversary pictorial from Honolulu? All cancels I know of have been forwarded to the Pearl Harbor Naval Station and cancelled there instead of the pictorial at Honolulu.
- Lbbrennan (18 Dec 2016 8:22am EST) : Good morning. Need to visit here's more often.
- Neal Mills (17 Dec 2016 7:15pm EST) : Tom - Glad you got a good cancel back from JCS. Gives me hope for my Christmas & New Years covers.
- esink (17 Dec 2016 7:11pm EST) : I wonder if the clerks could do better with some kind of quick-drying ink pad...
- Tom Kean [Member] (17 Dec 2016 6:00pm EST) : Neal - I got my 2 covers back from USS John C. Stennis this afternoon. The cancel on the SASE was good but overprinted with a San Diego spray cancel. One of the two covers in the SASE was a partial blob, the other was quite good. Both covers were signed by the Postal Clerk.
- Tom Kean [Member] (17 Dec 2016 3:52pm EST) : Yikes Neal. Haven't seen my covers from JCS for Dec 7 yet. I wonder what's with all the over-inking lately?
- Neal Mills (17 Dec 2016 12:35pm EST) : Covers received yesterday from USS John C. Stennis for Thanksgiving, Navy Day, and Dec 7th. All over-inked. A couple may be salvageable, the rest go into the trash.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Dec 2016 10:18am EST) : Covers that arrived yesterday - USS Milius DDG 69 - just a big ink blob as a cancel, only knew where it was from by the return address and USS New York LPD 21 - Very good cancel December 12, 2016. The cancel has ships name, FPO AA 34092 and Unit 100333 all in the circular cancel. Ice storm going on in western PA and with a driveway of over 550 feet, not sure if I'll even get to the mail box... mailman probably won't come anyway.
- Tom Kean [Member] (16 Dec 2016 7:07pm EST) : Received today two covers from USS Bulkeley cancelled on 12/8/16 - the 15th anniversary of the ship. Cancels are good except there is an over-inking issue just with the year part of the date plug - however it is legible.
- esink (15 Dec 2016 3:12pm EST) : Phil: That is why I like to collect and restrict my navals from actual floating moving vessels (FPO type cancels) instead of from some USPS building near where the ship may be docked. Perhaps, more recently than the MO situation, the FPO pictorial also requires USPS approval.
- Phil Schreiber 9110 (15 Dec 2016 10:51am EST) : Elgin: The questioners claimed that postal regulations require authorization by the USPS AND approval by USPS officials for pictorial postmarks. The Navy claims that the skipper of a navy ship has the authority to do what he sees fit to do on his ship. In philately there are questions as to what it is "legitimate" and otherwise. There are true believers on all subjects.
- esink (14 Dec 2016 4:15pm EST) : guest_1327: I have one of those covers with a terse handwritten statement about the cover's validity. If the pictorial cancel was actually authorized by the MO's skipper and the ship was still in commission at that time, how could the "legitimacy" be questioned?
guest_1327 (14 Dec 2016 10:50am EST) : I'VE HAD NO LUCK WITH THE DEC.7 PEARL HARBOR DAY POSTMARK EITHER.. SO THIS MORNING I TRIED TO MAKE A PHONE CALL TO THE USPS ON AOLELE ST.HONOLULU AND THE "411" INFORMATION PERSON SAID THEY HAD NO SUCH LISTING. 25 YEARS AGO THE USS NEW JERSEY CHAPTER DID A 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF DEC.7 ATTACK AND SPONSORED A PICTORIAL CANCEL AUTHORIZED BY THE SKIPPER OF USS MISSOURI AND ISSUED BY THE SHIP'S POST OFFICE. THE CANCEL GOT A NICE WRITEUP IN LINN'S STAMP NEWS AT THAT TIME AND SOME PEOPLE QUESTIONED THE LEGITIMACY
OF NAVY SHIPS ISSUING PICTORIAL CANCELS.
- Neal Mills (13 Dec 2016 10:30am EST) : Same issue with the Dec 7 pictorial. Sent covers to the Naval Station MOU and covers to Aolele St. Wanted both postmarks. Everything came back with the Naval Station postmark. Resent covers to Aolele St and will see what I get back this time.
- esink (12 Dec 2016 10:07pm EST) : Well, Thad, somewhere there is a communication problem; let's see what I get back...
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Dec 2016 9:51pm EST) : Elgin, I did send my covers to the address in the Postal Bulletin at 3600 Aolele Street, Honolulu, HI 96820-9998 and all my covers were forwarded from there to Pearl Harbor Naval Base... Honolulu did not apply the pictorial as in the bulletin.
- esink (12 Dec 2016 9:47pm EST) : Thad/I had sent to the NPS at WWII VALOR IN THE PACIFIC NATIONAL MONUMENT asking them to direct covers to the correct USPS address if they could not provide a special cancel. I just received the covers back with a nice letter that they had no knowledge of any special pictorial cancels for the event so I have re-sent them to the 3600 Aolele Street publicized in the USPS Bulletin.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Dec 2016 7:10pm EST) : The return address that sent the Pearl Harbor covers was Naval Station MOU No 1, US Postal Service. Pearl Harbor, HI 96860-6000, so someone had to forward my covers from 3600 Aolele Street, Honolulu, HI 96820-9998 to them.`
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Dec 2016 7:05pm EST) : Sent two separate mailings to 75th Anniversary Station - 3600 Aolele Street, Honolulu, HI for the special pictorial for Pearl Harbor and received today−-−- Covers (6) with a circular postmark from Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, December 7, 2016 WITHOUT THE PICTORIAL. Why even bother to send to the correct address for a pictorial when it goes somewhere else and you don't even get what you asked for. They even enclosed my original letter of request for the pictorial that included the correct address in the letter header. This gets so frustrating.... now to try and get the 75th Anniversary pictorial I wanted in the first place.. Anyone else experience this?
- Lbbrennan (11 Dec 2016 10:14am EST) : Checking in
- esink (09 Dec 2016 8:51pm EST) : Nicely done historic LOG for Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary, Richard...received my hard copy on Tuesday.
- john macco (09 Dec 2016 5:57pm EST) : I wanted to let all who had a part in the December Log that I read all articles and learned something about the events around Pearl Harbor that I did not know. Great job to all who contributed and had to do with the publication. Great job by all.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 Dec 2016 11:22am EST) : Was anyone able to get "Ballot" verification postmarks from ships not normally assigned a postmark? In years past I obtained numerous postmarks from the submarines and minesweeps but it proved to costly to do it this year.
- Neal Mills (08 Dec 2016 6:42pm EST) : Thad - Thank you for the heads up and I think you're correct. Have sent covers for the last 3 LCS commissioning and am 0 for 3 on returns. Guess its time to stop wasting money on them.
- Thad W. Kaczowski (08 Dec 2016 10:33am EST) : Neal - I'll bet you don't get anything back from USS Detroit. The LCS's do not return mail. I have NEVER received mail from any of them. Rich Hoffner explained in the Chat some time ago that the mail does not go to the ship but a shore facility and with the two different crews never ends up with someone on the ship. Hope you do get something back and if you do make sure you report it here. LCS's are a dead end for mail.
- Tom Kean [Member] (07 Dec 2016 9:07pm EST) : Thanks Elgin. Great Story. Gonna share it around.
- esink (07 Dec 2016 8:29pm EST) : interesting info for this special day...https://news.usni.org/2016/12/07/elvis-helped-save-uss-arizona-memorial
- Neal Mills (07 Dec 2016 7:25pm EST) : Thad - Your response made me go look again.... I did get the Detroit pictorial back. Its the ship covers that are still in the wind. The Baltimore cancels for Zumwalt were over-inked but I got two that were okay.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (06 Dec 2016 7:19pm EST) : Neal - Yes, my USS Detroit pictorials arrived a week or so after the event from Detroit and were very well done. I wish I could say the same about those done for the USS Zumwalt DDG 1000 from Baltimore, they were awful.
- Neal Mills (06 Dec 2016 12:50pm EST) : My Murtha pictorials also arrived yesterday and are well done. Has anyone received pictorial cancels from Detroit, MI for USS Detroit?
- Tom Kean [Member] (06 Dec 2016 12:01pm EST) : My USS John P. Murtha covers with pictorial cancels arrived yesterday also and were really well done.
- esink (05 Dec 2016 9:39pm EST) : Superb FREE frank received today from VFA-32 on USS EISENHOWER with handwritten corner card and clear type (unknown?) cancel (no unit) dtd NOV 21, 2016.
- Tom Kean [Member] (05 Dec 2016 8:34pm EST) : Paper LOG arrived in Colorado just in time for the storm that starts tomorrow. Great looking edition. Thanks for a great job Richard and all the PH article authors.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (05 Dec 2016 7:53pm EST) : The pictorial from Philadelphia for the commissioning of the USS John P. Murtha LPD 26 came through and were excellent.
John Young (05 Dec 2016 3:24pm EST) : Ahoy Mates,
Hard copy of December Log arrived in
lower Hudson Valley today, with the list
of candidates and ballot. Do forget to vote early before the Christmas card rush.
New Jersey Chapter meets tomorrow
evening at Phil Schreiber's apartment,
Tuesday, December 6th, 7:30PM
Wednesday in 12/7/16- Pearl Harbor Remembrace Day & fly the flag at half
Lbbrennan (04 Dec 2016 11:00am EST) : Great december log for special anniversary of PH Attack
Rich. Sorry about the fish. Wonder if the emperor has similar problems.
- Lbbrennan (04 Dec 2016 10:57am EST) : Nj postal history journal published my article about USS UTAH built in camden nj and sunk at pearl harbor.
- esink (03 Dec 2016 8:45pm EST) : Mail finally arrived 5:40 PM, but no paper LOG; new USPS (New Cumberland) record for late mail delivery...Thad, have not received my USS ARIZONA (Brooklyn) covers either. I also thought I would have gotten my USS THEO ROOSEVELT covers from the ship by now, but not so.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (03 Dec 2016 8:14pm EST) : Speaking of pictorials ... what's going on at Norfolk? Sharon Gregory in customer relations is usually pretty good about getting things out. Waiting for USS Theodore Roosevelt 30th Anniversary (both from Norfolk and ship) - 10/25/16, USS California SSN 781 - 5th Anniversary - 10/29/16. Never did get USS Arizona 100th Anniversary from Brooklyn - 10/16/16.
- Tom Kean [Member] (03 Dec 2016 6:36pm EST) : No joy today Rich. Maybe Monday. Mine are usually timely, so I am fine with it.
- esink (03 Dec 2016 4:45pm EST) : me too...waiting for today's delivery which is unusually late.
- Tom Kean [Member] (03 Dec 2016 3:35pm EST) : Hi Rich - no LOG yet in my mailbox, but still waiting for today's delivery.
Rich H (03 Dec 2016 2:49pm EST) : Did your covers for MURTHA cancel in Philly return?
Contacted Philadelphia retail yesterday and they were silent on the pictorial cancel for MURTHA. I suspect they dropped the ball, but pointed questions seemed to awaken them. I have a feeling they are just waking up to the fact that they need to order the device. We shall see. This has happened to several pictorials over the past few eyars, and when they finally ordered the device, it was produced from a degraded faxed copy, and didn't look so good.
- Rich H (03 Dec 2016 2:38pm EST) : Pondering. Navy PEO folks faced with so many problems with LCS vessels, the Navy considering changing them to FF's. Much has been said about them being under-gunned and with little serf-protection. Aluminum hulls are soft. Will a change to FF make them be more survivable? Will larger guns help? If these major changes are developed (how many years will be needed) and will the size of the crews increase? Will post office be necessary aboard the new class of FF's? Perhaps they will not have three or four crews per ship as the current LCS program has.
- Rich H (03 Dec 2016 2:32pm EST) : With a "defroster" in the pond, we decided to let the Koi winter-over. Won't matter now as a heron visited and had a very large lunch. 11 Koi KIA. Are heron a protected species?
- Rich H (03 Dec 2016 2:27pm EST) : Word is that if Honolulu HI post office is swamped with 75th Anniversary requests, they will forward overload to "the caves" to be done.
- Rich H (03 Dec 2016 2:23pm EST) : Any December Logs delivered yet? No periodical or First Class Log here yet in the Indian Valley of SE PA.
- esink (02 Dec 2016 5:50pm EST) : Future cover possibilities for ORION MISSIONS? http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=97545
- esink (01 Dec 2016 2:50pm EST) : USS MURTHA COMMISSIONING covers (2) finally received today with nice cancel and ship cancel...cancel completely missed one stamp on one cover and other just barely “tied”. ‘Glad I got the covers back at all.
- esink (01 Dec 2016 2:33pm EST) : Cover Possibilities: Navy Releases Official Logo for 75th Anniversary of WWII: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=97863
- esink (30 Nov 2016 6:51am EST) : Looks like a great issue, Richard...much history and will be thoroughly enjoyed when more time to read.
BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Nov 2016 12:08am EST) : 300+ eLOGs for December have been sent to members requesting the service.
For eLOG only members, Steve Shay has mailed your paper ballots for the election of officers.
For those who receive a paper copy of the LOG, the ballot is part of the outer cover.
Please vote and send your ballots to the Ballot Counting Committee.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Nov 2016 11:31am EST) : In the morning mail to you Richard.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Nov 2016 10:16pm EST) : Will do Richard... but cannot be a scan (problem) but will send a copy by snail mail.
BMCM JONES 3933 (27 Nov 2016 1:44pm EST) : Thad
Please send me a scan of the Bulkeley cover. I have an article for the January LOG that would be enhanced with this new cancel.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (26 Nov 2016 4:07pm EST) : Covers received today - USS Blue Ridge LCC 19 - November 8, 2016 - Excellent Cancel - Unit type - 100102 and zip 96628 in cancel - no ships name.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (26 Nov 2016 11:12am EST) : Covers that arrived yesterday - USS Sterett DDG 104 - November 1, 2016 - Excellent cancel - COPE must have cleaned out cabinet because I got covers I sent long ago also. USS Bulkeley DDG 84 - Excellent cancel but no year - November 14 - cancel has ships name but no designation (DDG 84) - This is the first cover received from this ship in over four years and I have sent to her many times.
- Lbbrennan (25 Nov 2016 5:52pm EST) : Belatedly happy thanksgiving
- esink (24 Nov 2016 11:41am EST) : Thanks, Tom...saw it already yesterday; will wait to see what I get back from other address and then take advantage of 30 day grace period for this address.
Tom Kean [Member] (24 Nov 2016 11:31am EST) : Elgin - today's 11/24) Postal Bulletin (#22455) lists this address for the 75th anniversary pictorial cancel as follows:
75th Anniversary Station
3600 Aolele Street - #106
Honolulu, HI 96820-9998
That's where I am sending mine.
- esink (24 Nov 2016 10:38am EST) : Have a GREAT Thanksgiving holiday to all USCS friends and families!
- BMCM JONES 3933 (24 Nov 2016 10:07am EST) : Happy Thanksgiving to all. Enjoy family and friends. Drive safely to your destinations--there are crazies on the road!
- Tom Kean [Member] (22 Nov 2016 8:31pm EST) : Hi Dennis! For convenience, the USCS LOG also puts out a current list of ship addresses in its January edition. Periodic updates are also provided during the year. I used the website also, but with my cluttered desk, have found it easier to keep the January issue of the LOG handy (which I update when address changes come out). Welcome to the USCS! Great group of people and really helpful.
- Dennis Gill (22 Nov 2016 2:04pm EST) : Neal Mills: thank you very much! Exactly what I was looking for.
Neal Mills (22 Nov 2016 10:42am EST) : Let me try that link again --
Neal Mills (22 Nov 2016 10:40am EST) : Dennis Gill - Addresses for Navy commands are in an instruction called the Standard Navy Distribution List (SNDL). A copy can be found at http://www.navy.mil/sndl/table.html
Enter the name of the ship and the address should pop up.
- Dennis Gill (22 Nov 2016 1:40am EST) : Tom Kean, could you tell me the address where you mailed the USS Milius 20th anniversary covers? I'm a new USCS member and I'm still sorting things out, especially mailing addresses for covers to be cancelled. Is there a place that lists all addresses? Thanks very much.
esink (21 Nov 2016 10:21pm EST) : After some research, I am trying this address as a last attempt for Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary cancels (unless anybody knows of a better place):
National Park Service
WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument
1845 Wasp Blvd. Bldg. 176
Honolulu, HI 96818
- Tom Kean [Member] (21 Nov 2016 7:04pm EST) : Received today - USS Milius 20th anniversary covers. Over inked cancels, but the ship's name can at least be made out. Interesting the cancel is upright and the date plug is vertical. That's a new one for me. The handstamp of the ship's crest was inked perfectly. 11/20 was the anniversary date and is in the cancel - SASE was postmarked San Diego on the 16th.
- esink (21 Nov 2016 5:52pm EST) : FYI.....If you haven’t sent to the PEARL HARBOR MEMORIAL address reported (chat: 09 Nov 2016 7:18pm EST)yet, DON’T!...Just received my covers sent NOV 12 back yellow stickered as “not deliverable as addressed-unable to forward”...Let me know if you get a better address.
- Rich Hoffner (20 Nov 2016 2:20pm EST) : John Zaranek. Small world! Any chance you knew the late George Benz? An avid U S Coast Guard collector and a columnist in the USCS publication, the LOG.
- Rich Hoffner (20 Nov 2016 2:18pm EST) : Well, winter not expected here until mid December. But, mother nature gave us sleet and snow last night. No accumulation, but it did cover autos and sidewalks. Very cold today with high winds. Koi in the pond are puzzled. We had two warm days and now near freezing temps. They like cold water, but like it to come a little slower so they can adjust. Me, no, I am not adjusting well.
guest_7617 (19 Nov 2016 2:14pm EST) : Hello Rich Hoffner,
Thank you about the information to contact John Lesak, I do know John, but I was not aware that he was a former member of the group.
John C Zaranek
- Rich Hoffner (18 Nov 2016 7:00pm EST) : From your Webmaster: Every once in a while I check and verify dealer listings on the USCS Website to see if there are any updates, corrections or additions needed. If you are a member/dealer and want to be listed, send me your information and I will have it added to the site. The site can be seen at http://www.uscs.org/shop/dealers/
Rich Hoffner (18 Nov 2016 5:54pm EST) : Replacement, well actually original covers never returned, so these are not replacement covers, but Kansas City MO Cancellations Division has procured the Apr 1, 2016 100th Anniversary of Coast Guard Aviation for Corpus Christi TX. Some covers did return to some collectors, others never returned. The covers I sent to Kansas City returned, with superb cancels. Actually, is is not the original cancel used by Corpus Christi. It is a bit smaller then those that did return from Corpus Christi. I sent a nice thank you note to Kansas City and received a reply today that they will keep the cancel for another month for anyone who wants replacements or wants to send covers.
Address to send is:
Stamp Fulfillment Services, USPS
Attn: Cynthia Weigel
100th Anniv. Coast Guard Aviation Sta. Corpus Christi
8300 Underground Dr., Pillar 210
Kansas City, MO 64144-0001
- Rich Hoffner (18 Nov 2016 5:41pm EST) : John C. Zaranek. You might try to contact John A. Lesak, a cover dealer and former member of the USS Buffalo Chapter. He lives in Buffalo. You can google him and White Pages and you will find a phone number.
- Steve Shay (18 Nov 2016 8:34am EST) : John C Zaranek, please e mail me at email@example.com regarding the Buffalo Chapter
- Lbbrennan (18 Nov 2016 8:14am EST) : checking in. Good day all
- Tom Kean [Member] (17 Nov 2016 8:35pm EST) : Elgin - I sent mine to Theodore Roosevelt on 9/8 and haven't received anything back to date.
- Neal Mills (17 Nov 2016 2:39pm EST) : Elgin, mine also haven't come back yet.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Nov 2016 8:46am EST) : Elgin - I have covers out to Theodore Roosevelt for 30th Anniversary both to the ship and Norfolk and neither have been returned as of yet.
- esink (16 Nov 2016 8:23pm EST) : Did anybody that may have sent covers for Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) 30th Anniversary (OCT 25) get them back yet?
guest_9434 (16 Nov 2016 3:04pm EST) : Hello Steve Shay,
Thank you for the information. Do you or anyone happen to know any board members.
John C Zaranek, Retired Member Buffalo Fire Department
- Tom Kean [Member] (16 Nov 2016 2:51pm EST) : Thanks so much Steve and Elgin! Very helpful. Many years ago I belonged to the MPHS but drifted off for some reason I don't recall. May have to rejoin! I am an APS member and will go look at that article now.
- esink (16 Nov 2016 1:46pm EST) : Superb FREE frank received today from USS SAN JACINTO CG-56 with rubber stamp corner card, nicely applied ship cachet and clear cancel (no unit number) dtd OCT 28 2016.
- Steve Shay (16 Nov 2016 12:57pm EST) : John, the Buffalo Chapter is long defunct I'm sorry to say.
guest_7596 (16 Nov 2016 10:43am EST) : Dear Sir,
I am looking for some information regarding a cover I have in my fire collection. It was cancelled in Buffalo, NY on March 17, 1985 with a Fireboat Station 'Edward M Cotter' 1910-1985.
It was issued by the USS Buffalo Chapter 89 U.S.C.S.. It is my understanding this chapter was serving Buffalo, NY & Southern Ontario Region. I beleive it was organized in 1984. What I am looking for who were the board members of this group. Are the still a viable chapter.
I thank you for your time and co-operation.
John C Zaranek, Retired Member Buffalo Fire Department
- Steve Shay (16 Nov 2016 8:41am EST) : This Military Postal History Society publishes reference books with the Navy, Marine, Army and Air Force numbers. Marine 300 was at the Savaii, West Somoa Detachment in May 42.
- esink (15 Nov 2016 3:50pm EST) : Tom, the March 2016 "APS Journal' has an extensive article on Wake Island postal history (including a cancel like the one you referenced in Figure 20)...perhaps that article might prove useful.
- Tom Kean [Member] (14 Nov 2016 9:46pm EST) : Question - Having sorted through all my ship covers, I am left with a handful of covers with US Navy postmarks and return addresses I am having trouble getting info on. For example, I have one cover dated 16 May 1942 with and U.S, Navy generic cancel that has REMEMBER/WAKE ISLAND in the killer bars and a return address for Unit #300 USMC. Any ideas for sourcing this kind of thing? I have tried Google, multiple USMC related history sites, etc. and can't seem to get down to the level of 'unit'. Any help appreciated. Thanks.
- Tom Kean [Member] (14 Nov 2016 9:27pm EST) : More pictorials - 100th anniversary of USS Arizona (Brooklyn NY cancel 11/16/16). Under-inked and over-struck but legible all around.
- Tom Kean [Member] (12 Nov 2016 5:15pm EST) : Not sure how that happy face got into the post just sent - replaced the '8'. Technology that escapes me...........
- Tom Kean [Member] (12 Nov 2016 5:14pm EST) : Related to the quality of pictorial cancels - I received today both covers back with the USS Asheville (SSN 758) 25th anniversary cancels (Norfolk, VA) - bother were very clean and just 'kissed' the stamps. Well done on those.
- esink (12 Nov 2016 2:14pm EST) : My USS GONZALES 20th Anniversary covers previously reported on (20 Oct 2016 1:32pm EDT) chat were returned for re-processing and received today with great cancels this time including ship cachet, and original commissioning day cancel from 1996. 'Will send a thank you note for this great processing job...
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 Nov 2016 9:39pm EST) : The zip code in the Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary that shows Dorie Miller shooting Japanese planes has the zip code of 96818 in it but I wonder if they will be serviced at 3600 Aolele Street, Honoulu HI 96820-9661. Hope someone can clear it up.
esink (09 Nov 2016 7:18pm EST) : Neal, unless I can get a better USPS address, I will be sending covers to: PEARL HARBOR MEMORIAL,
1 ARIZONA MEMORIAL PLACE, HONOLULU, HI 96818 in hopes that it can be directed to the right place...
- Neal Mills (09 Nov 2016 4:33pm EST) : Which post officer is servicing covers with the pictorial cancellation for the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor?
- Tom Kean [Member] (08 Nov 2016 5:55pm EST) : Thad - my 2nd Zumwalt/Baltimore cover arrived today. This was had the ship's name and hull designation over-inked and illegible. I guess I should be thankful I got a very nice one of the two I sent - or rather my youngest grandson got a very nice one, and my great-granddaughter did not. Sorry about yours.
- Tom Kean [Member] (07 Nov 2016 5:54pm EST) : Sorry to hear that Thad. I will let you know about the cancel if the other Zumwalt cover shows up. Elgin - thanks for the heads up on the John C. Stennis and the 75th anniversary event at PH.
- esink (06 Nov 2016 5:14pm EST) : Too nice a day in most places to be on the chat page, I guess...
- lbbrennan (06 Nov 2016 4:13pm EST) : Checking in
- esink (05 Nov 2016 11:24pm EDT) : Cover possibilities: USS JOHN C STENNIS will participate at 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Pacific Command event.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (05 Nov 2016 7:41pm EDT) : Tom, you are lucky. I got two more Baltimore (Zumwalt) today and were again over inked and trashed. I must have had the guy that thought the more ink the better. I also have been short changed on my covers from them I had three separate mailings of two covers each total of six and have four - all bad and two MIA. That's a loss of $5.64 - nothing to show for it.
- Tom Kean [Member] (05 Nov 2016 6:07pm EDT) : Thad - I got a Baltimore pictorial back yesterday with a very clean cancel. Only problem is I sent two covers and only got one back in the SASE. The other is probably in someone else's SASE - which on occasion I have received someone else's and send them along to the owner. Interestingly, only one time has that person ever dropped me a thank you line.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (04 Nov 2016 8:11pm EDT) : Cover received today - Another USS Zumwalt DDG 1000 pictorial from Baltimore - over inked and smeared - another for the trash. Anyone get Murtha pictorial from Philadelphia? This is another post office that I haven't had luck with so not expecting much here either.
- esink (04 Nov 2016 2:56pm EDT) : NZ Royal Navy is celebrating 75th Anniversary with USS SAMPSON DDG-102 participating and first American navy ship to visit NZ in 30 years. International Naval Review in Auckland Harbour between 17 and 22 November...details: http://nznavy75.co.nz/
- esink (03 Nov 2016 9:16pm EDT) : I wonder how long it will take for the ZUMWALT to send out commissioning day covers from the ship. It is my understand that these will be backdated to the commissioning date of 15 OCT when the ship's post office is set up on the west coast.
- Tom Kean [Member] (03 Nov 2016 8:49pm EDT) : Thad - doesn't hurt to try. I got some back that way, but maybe its a local decision (I don't know). Interestingly, on a bunch of occasions I didn't even have to send them back - the local folks sent me my crummy one back with an apology note and franked replacement envelope (or postcard) with a clean cancel. I always send a note thanking them when that happens. Never tracked how often that happened though. I collect pictorials for my grandkids and probably send out 20+ a month. Good luck.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (03 Nov 2016 4:20pm EDT) : Question - If pictorial cancellation is terrible can you send it back to the issuing post office for a replacement without having to a fix another stamp?
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (03 Nov 2016 4:18pm EDT) : Covers back today - USS Zumwalt DDG 1000 - Commissioning pictorial Baltimore - terrible cancellation (scrap) and not all were returned in SASE. Covers for USS Illinois SSN commissioning at Groton and USS LaJolla SSN 701 35th Anniversary from Groton all were excellent.
- Tom Kean [Member] (02 Nov 2016 12:00am EDT) : Received hard copy of the LOG today.
- Rich Hoffner (01 Nov 2016 11:27am EDT) : And in case you have not noticed, "Chicken Little, the sky is falling" ! Don't forget to vote!
- ex-PMR from Earlington PA (01 Nov 2016 11:25am EDT) : I will ask again if Corpus CHristi TX was asked about the covers that did not return. Rich Hoffner
Your friendly ex-PMR from Earl (01 Nov 2016 11:24am EDT) : News about the 4-1-16 Corpus Christi TX 100th Anniv. U S Coast Guard Aviation pictorial cancels:
Weigel, Cynthia M - Kansas City, MO
8:40 AM (2 hours ago)
Good Morning Mr. Hoffner,
I received the stamp device from Corpus Christi today for the 100th Anniversary of the US Coast Guard Aviation Station. If you would like to send in all the covers that has bad cancels we will exchange them. You may also send any covers that did not receive a cancel and we will take care of everything here at SFS. If possible could you let me know when all covers have been sent to SFS. I apologize for the inconvenience this issue has caused.
Please mail all covers to:
Stamp Fulfillment Services
Cancellation Services Attention: Cynthia Weigel
8300 NE Underground Drive, Pillar 210
Kansas City, MO 64144-9998
Unfortunately, the message did not address missing covers that were sent and never returned. Rich Hoffner
- esink (31 Oct 2016 6:22pm EDT) : Great NOV hardcopy LOG issue received in central PA Susquehanna River area...
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (31 Oct 2016 5:23pm EDT) : Covers received today - USS Makin Island LHD 8 - October 19, 2016 - Both covers were over inked and not collectible.
- BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Oct 2016 4:56pm EDT) : 300 eLOGs have been sent.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (30 Oct 2016 4:54pm EDT) : eLog received... Great issue Richard.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Oct 2016 9:12pm EDT) : Following covers arrived today - USS Chicago SSN 721 - 30th Anniversary - Norfolk, VA pictorial Sep 27, 2016 and USS Paul Hamilton DDG 60 - Excellent cancel - September 20, 2016. The covers coming back have been excellent cancels.
Rich Hoffner (28 Oct 2016 1:57pm EDT) : I had several questions about ILLINOIS commissioning date recently.
Sorry to say I advised several members that the date had slipped into December.
My Bad! It did not slip. The Commissioning is tomorrow. There is a pictorial in place for the event.
- Keith MacKay (28 Oct 2016 12:19pm EDT) : I'm looking for US naval covers cancelled in my hometown, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, during the 1930s. Hoping to hear from someone who has some and willing to part with same. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Neal Mills (28 Oct 2016 10:53am EDT) : Received Murtha covers from the ship but nothing yet from Philadelphia.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Oct 2016 10:22am EDT) : Covers from commissioning of USS Detroit came yesterday from Detroit, nicely done. Hope the Murtha from Philadelphia arrive.
- esink (27 Oct 2016 8:53pm EDT) : My MURTHA commissioning day (FPO)covers from the ship have not arrived yet...has anybody else besides Rich and Thad received theirs yet?
- Rich Hoffner (27 Oct 2016 5:13pm EDT) : My CHEYENNE (9-13-16) came in today. Not the design as we submitted! The outer line was the shape of Wyoming. Someone "squared" it off, guess they thought they were being helpful!
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Oct 2016 3:44pm EDT) : Rich - Texas SSN 775 - 10th Anniv, Cheyenne SSN 773 20th Anniv are the last received from Norfolk. Have Asheville SSN 758 25th Anniv, Theodore Roosevelt CVN 71 30th Anniv., California SSN 781 5th Anniv still out. The Asheville is from 9/28.
- Rich Hoffner (27 Oct 2016 2:59pm EDT) : Does anyone know when MURTHA had FDPS?
- Rich Hoffner (27 Oct 2016 2:58pm EDT) : Also have cover from MURTHA dated Oct 3, the date she arrived at Philadelphia's Penns' Landing.
- Rich Hoffner (27 Oct 2016 2:57pm EDT) : JOHN P MURTHA covers have an error on both cancels. This is a catalog variance. I would think that in a year or so we will see new cancels aboard with a "P" in the postmarks.
- Rich Hoffner (27 Oct 2016 2:53pm EDT) : Navy tells world to expect more missile attacks on ships. Seems they are not prepared to stomp out the threats, just warm sailors to expect the attacks to be the norm.
- Rich Hoffner (27 Oct 2016 2:52pm EDT) : I have left several updates about ZUMWALT hot having a post office aboard and she is reporting she will catch up to her postal equipment in San Diego and service covers on Commissioning Day. I now read she is staying on the east coast for further updates and crew training. So much for catching up with her postal equipment. Perhaps her SUPPO will simply ask for whatever is waiting for her in San Diego to be shipped east? Makes sense to me! Then again, with her being undermanned (can they admit that?), perhaps they did not even plan to have a post office. Undermanned, well, the LCS community did admit that the LCS ships are undermanned and changes are on the way to that community.
- Rich Hoffner (27 Oct 2016 2:45pm EDT) : I will probably be going to the USS New Jersey Chapter meeting next week with George Marcincin and Ron Finger. We have room for one more. Are you game? You won't get home until approx. 1 AM. I have a USCS circuit here and will take it to the meeting.
- Rich Hoffner (27 Oct 2016 2:41pm EDT) : Several event covers are languishing in Norfolk VA. Has anyone had their covers returned? I think I have four anniversary dates sitting there.
- Rich Hoffner (27 Oct 2016 2:41pm EDT) : I have had several questions about a pictorial for USS ILLINOIS Commissioning. Date is 12-20-16 and there is a pictorial in place for Groton CT
- Steve Shay (26 Oct 2016 8:32am EDT) : Frank, your cards were shipped yesterrday
guest_3262 (25 Oct 2016 11:45am EDT) : I have not received my order of USS Ranger and USS Constellation cancellation/post card.
I have been billed by PayPal
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (24 Oct 2016 7:16pm EDT) : Covers received today - USS Essex LHD 2 - Excellent cancel - October 18, 2016. Cancel USS Essex LHD 2 FPO AP 96643 in cancel with black ink and date of Oct 18, 2016 in red ink.
- s. milstein (23 Oct 2016 10:20am EDT) : Sales Circuits will start going out again after Nov 1st. I am in transit to Tucson from Brooklyn.
- s. milstein (23 Oct 2016 10:19am EDT) : A winter World Series - Cleveland and Chicago.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (22 Oct 2016 5:20pm EDT) : While filing away the Carney covers I now see the why the COPE used April 13th - it's the Carney's anniversary of commissioning.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (22 Oct 2016 5:10pm EDT) : Covers arrived today - USS Carney DDG 64 - April 13. 2016 (yes, April) - Excellent cancels - Returned all covers I had sent to them over the past year and with a note "sorry for the delay". There is still hope for those covers out there.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (20 Oct 2016 7:50pm EDT) : Elgin - Unit type from Gonzales must be real new since mine were with the old ships name from the mass mailing this summer. I too am going to send for the new unit cancel.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (20 Oct 2016 7:48pm EDT) : Elgin - the covers I mentioned below were FDC from the ship - USS John P. Murtha LPD 26 - they were serviced perfectly. Yours are probably still on the way.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (20 Oct 2016 7:47pm EDT) : Covers received today - USS John P Murtha LPD 26 - FDC - October 8, 2016 - Excellent cancel - Rich Hoffner cover service; USS Curtis Wilbur DDG 54 - Unit/FPO type cancel no ships name - August 23, 2016 - Excellent cancel.
- esink (20 Oct 2016 1:32pm EDT) : Received OCT 12 USS GONZALES 20th Anniversary covers (with the original "First Day in Commission" cancel included)with the cancel used for the anniversary (which was new unit type ? cancel too light to be appreciated)...May send them back to see if they can be re-done.
- esink (19 Oct 2016 6:56pm EDT) : Thad-...nor have I received my USS John P. Murtha LPD 26 commissioning day covers from the ship.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (18 Oct 2016 2:20pm EDT) : Elgin - Hope to get my Nitze covers as part of the mass mailing but so far nothing from her.
- esink (17 Oct 2016 10:43pm EDT) : Nice FREE franks received today from USS NITZE DDG 94 with rubber stamp (unit) corner card, no ship cachet, and clear (no) unit (included) type ? cancel dtd SEP 12, 2016. USS NITZE was the ship that struck three radar sites last week on Yemen's Red Sea coast because of recent missile launches threatening USS Mason and other vessels.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Oct 2016 8:21pm EDT) : I just noticed on the covers from the USS John P. Murtha LPD 26 that the cancel or the giant type 9 does not have the "P". The cachet has USS John P. Murtha.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Oct 2016 2:31pm EDT) : USS John P. Murtha LPD 26 FDC covers arrived today - October 8, 2016 - Excellent cancel
- esink (16 Oct 2016 10:10pm EDT) : Just bought the DECEMBER "Sea Classics" magazine which is a great special Pearl Harbor 75TH Anniversary issue...also included in the same issue is an interesting article on the Panay Sinking with two illustrated navy covers from that Yangtze gunboat era.
- esink (15 Oct 2016 11:10pm EDT) : Just returned home from Baltimore for USS ZUMWALT commissioning ceremonies...very impressive ceremony with many dignitaries, navy (military and civilian) including SECNAV who delivered keynote speech. USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) as Fleet Week participants are docked next to the ZUMWALT...Blue Angels made several passes during the air show before the ceremony began. USS ZUMWALT is an unbelievable ship and quite a sight to behold!
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (14 Oct 2016 5:29pm EDT) : Covers received today - USS Laboon DDG 58 - Excellent cancel - August 18, 2016; USS Chafee DDG 90 - Excellent cancel - September 16, 2016.
- BMCM JONES 3933 (13 Oct 2016 7:37pm EDT) : Happy Navy Birthday
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Oct 2016 8:39pm EDT) : Covers received today from USS Ross DDG 71 - Excellent cancel - August 27, 2016. Covers have been slow in coming back from my mass mailing but the covers that have been returned for the most part have been excellent cancels.
- Tom Kean [Member] (12 Oct 2016 12:08pm EDT) : Mike - Guest_9815. Back home now. As to the postcard you mentioned. The USS South Dakota (ACR-9) was an armored cruiser that was renamed in 1920 as USS Huron (CA-9). Much of what you see online about USS South Dakota is related to the World War II battleship - not the same ship on your postcard. At the time the postcard was dated she visited a number of countries in the Orient, including China. While envelopes/cancels can carry different values depending on scarcity (and other factors sometimes), all of the cancels from the USS South Dakota at the time are listed as either scarce or rare depending on their classification according to the 1997 5th Ed., of the Universal Ship Cancellation Society's Catalog of United States Naval Postmarks. Eleven different cancels are shown from that ship in the catalog - one of which (LOCY Type 9w) is listed as in use from 1912 and R3 rare meaning only 6-10 covers known. The US Naval Cover Museum (navalcovermuseum.org) has a couple covers from the ship illustrated - you may want to look and see if any have similar cancels to yours. Also, I am curious as how the information about it being Independence Day (by the date in the cancel or the words inserted in the killer bars of the cancel or some other way) and also the location as Shanghai (again, words inserted in the killer bars of the cancel or part of the message on the card). I can't help you with the value of the cover per se, but it is certainly not a common cover as far as I can tell and is a nice piece to have inherited. Best wishes.
John Young (12 Oct 2016 7:50am EDT) : Guest 755: Back in 1950, first class rate was three cents, but you could mail Christmas cards for two cents provided it was unsealed.
You cover was probably canceled on the ship and dropped into the our mail
system where it was over-canceled in
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (11 Oct 2016 7:55pm EDT) : Covers arrived today - USS Gridley DDG 101 - Excellent cancels - September 28, 2016.
- Rich H (08 Oct 2016 12:01pm EDT) : After seeing hulk and the missile damage to HSV-2 SWIFT, it apparent that our Navy must rethink their concept of the Littoral Combat Ship. Construction should stop immediately. Just ask the Brits about the HMS Sheffield during the Falklands War. Aluminum does not fare well in combat.
- Rich H (08 Oct 2016 11:54am EDT) : I was,advised that they have ordered their postal supplies and will get them on arrival at San Diego.
- Rich H (08 Oct 2016 11:51am EDT) : According to the Command Master Chief aboard Zumwalt, they have been advised by the Forces Postal Officer (no clue what that is) who visited that they are to cancel all covers sent for Commissiong when they get their postmarks. Could that be gundecking?
guest_755 (08 Oct 2016 10:52am EDT) : Howdy, I'm going through my dad's stuff and found a box of "covers". one in particular caught my attention due to it having 2 postage cancellations. the cover has the USS New Jersey celebrates Christmas 1950. one postmark is from the ship the other is a Brooklyn cancellation. any ideas why one envelope would carry two postmarks?
- esink (07 Oct 2016 10:09pm EDT) : Followup on (06 Oct 2016 2:20pm EDT) posting: After sending this out, noted actual commissioning date for USS BUNKER HILL (CG-52)...(from more than one website) was 20 SEP, not 30 SEP as listed in anniversary section of LOGs...
- Tom Kean [Member] (06 Oct 2016 7:29pm EDT) : Mike (Guest_9185). I am traveling right now but will reply with info when I get back next week.
- Tom Kean [Member] (06 Oct 2016 7:19pm EDT) : Good luck Richard!
BMCM JONES 3933 (06 Oct 2016 2:57pm EDT) : Standing by for heavy seas here in East coast Flori duh.
Beach side evacuated. Cooking turkey breast for supper while we have power.
- esink (06 Oct 2016 2:20pm EDT) : Nice covers received today from USS BUNKER HILL (CG-52) done on 30th Anniversary SEP 30, 2016 with new unit type (?) cancel, ship cachet and hand-written corner card; also "directory service markings" and red cancel on back.
- John Young (06 Oct 2016 8:19am EDT) : Sorry I missed New Jersey Chapter meeting last night
- guest_1300 (06 Oct 2016 8:17am EDT) : Forgot to Log in JOHN YOUNG
guest_1300 (06 Oct 2016 8:16am EDT) : Larry, If memory selves me right look for September 1933, as there is a extra page containing a copy of USCS Constitution and By-Laws that was approved on September 30, 1932
The first USCS Bulletin was dated October 15, 1832
- Tom Kean [Member] (03 Oct 2016 5:42pm EDT) : My mailed LOG arrived on Monday 10/3/16 in great shape.
- Rich guest_4418 Hoffner (03 Oct 2016 1:39am EDT) : Peggy's periodical Log arrived Friday in SE PA. Hopefully my First Class mail Log will be here today, Monday.
- guest_4418 (03 Oct 2016 1:36am EDT) : Forerunner of EPF's hit be missile and apparently sunk yesterday. HSV-2 SWIFT was being operated under contract by UAE and reports say Houthi rebels sunk her. Video on YouTube. Aluminum burns very hot a bright. Hope we are not expecting to ever deploy our EPF's in combat or close to where one could be hit by a missile.
guest_9185 Porritt,Michael (02 Oct 2016 11:35pm EDT) : Hello and forgive me if this is the wrong forum.
I've inherited an Independence Day post card from the USS South Dakota Shanghi China 1912 with a South Dakota cancel. Would this be uncommon?..rare??...uninteresting???
Thank you, Mike.
- Phil Schreiber 9110 (02 Oct 2016 10:26am EDT) : That's progress: getting rid of ratings. Why not also get rid of officer's ranks and just call them what they are: O-1, O-2, 0-3 & etc. The media is doing it with the U.S.A. when they refer to the President as "potus." When is progress not progress?
Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Oct 2016 5:51pm EDT) : Covers received today - USS Monterey CG 61 - Excellent cancel - August 28, 2016; USS Whidbey Island LSD 41 - Good cancel - August 27, 2016.
October Log arrived in Pittsburgh today.
BMCM JONES 3933 (01 Oct 2016 3:03pm EDT) : I even received my October Log today.
Wife can't figure out why I needed to read it!
- esink (01 Oct 2016 10:35am EDT) : Periodical rate October LOG received in early mail today in rainy central PA; superb issue!
- esink (30 Sep 2016 9:08pm EDT) : Richard, Thanks much for the USNS CARSON CITY address...
- BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Sep 2016 8:51pm EDT) : Got Tom Kean's cover from Spruance and it still has the DGG 111 error reported earlier in the Naval Cover Museum
- Tom Kean [Member] (30 Sep 2016 4:46pm EDT) : Two covers returned today (9/30/16) with 5th anniversary cancels from USS Spruance (DDG 111). One of them has a nicely applied and inked cancel and cachet; the other has a poorly inked cachet and and poorly applied cancel. I have send Richard Jones a scan of the good one.
- Tom Kean [Member] (30 Sep 2016 3:08pm EDT) : Rich - I got mine back from Corpus Christi. The cancel was OK but unevenly inked.
- Tom Kean [Member] (30 Sep 2016 3:05pm EDT) : No LCS covers for me. I agree with Rich's idea. What few sub covers I get back almost always have the feel of someone not from the boat itself servicing them - although a couple of those have been creative in trying to honor the requests.
BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Sep 2016 2:51pm EDT) : Navy screwing with tradition AGAIN
Effective immediately, Sailors in paygrades E1-E3 will be addressed as “Seaman,” E4-E6 will be called “Petty Officer Third/Second/First Class” as appropriate, and Senior enlisted in paygrades E7-E9 will be “Chief,” “Senior Chief,” or “Master Chief” depending on their paygrade.
I'm surprised they did use extreme PC and call them Seapersons!
Master Chief JONES! Where is my BM?
Ohhhh--the Navy leadership has it!
BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Sep 2016 2:43pm EDT) : ELgin
USNS CARSON CITY (T-EPF 7)
ATTN: MSC DET MOBILE SUPSHIPGC C/O AUSTAL USA
100 ADDSCO RD
MOBILE AL 36633
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (30 Sep 2016 2:33pm EDT) : Elgin will do...
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (30 Sep 2016 2:32pm EDT) : Rich - Yes, I did get covers back from 100th Anniversary of Coast Guard Aviation 4-1-16 from Corpus Christi, TX
- esink (30 Sep 2016 2:01pm EDT) : Thad: If possible, please send your email address so we can share cover return info: email@example.com
- esink (30 Sep 2016 1:57pm EDT) : Sent covers to other participating ships for Fleet Week in Baltimore: USS MESA VERDE, LEYTE GULF; and JASON DUNHAM. Already sent covers for ZUMWALT commissioning a couple weeks ago. Anybody know FPO address for USNS CARSON CITY (could not locate)?
- esink (30 Sep 2016 1:51pm EDT) : Great Oct eLOG received yesterday; interesting issue as usual.
- Rich Hoffner (30 Sep 2016 1:46pm EDT) : Did anyone get covers back sent to Corpus Christi TX for the 100th Anniversary of Coast Guard Aviation on 4-1-16? I asked Kansas City Cancellations Division to check what happened to the covers and they want to know if others also did not get covers back. I did not and Jimmy Jordan also sent and nothing came back. Are there others?
- Rich Hoffner (30 Sep 2016 1:43pm EDT) : Thad, quite right on LCS covers. I think the fact that they each have several crews, each with a specific name and address causes the lack of covers. Our covers possibly do not reach a crew. Perhaps they reach a squadron and get deep sixed there. There are now two squadrons, one on each coast. This might be where our covers end up.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (30 Sep 2016 12:34pm EDT) : I happened to see the addresses for the new LCS's in the on-line October Log. Has anyone ever gotten covers back from an LCS? I cannot remember how many times I have sent to the LCS's and never get a reply... too bad, this is like the submarine portion of the afloat fleet... nothing ever returned.
- Lbbrennan (30 Sep 2016 7:35am EDT) : Need to find the log. The anniversary of the creation of the USCS in 1932
- Rich Hoffner (30 Sep 2016 12:25am EDT) : Great October Log arrived electronically tonight. Read the President's Message. Several items that are necessary for the future of the society. We Need You. Volunteer and get involved.
BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Sep 2016 12:03am EDT) : October eLOG has been sent to 300+ USCS members.
Check your email inboxes for the file.
Still need a few articles for November. December is totally full with Pearl Harbor articles.
What can you write about for January 2017 issue?
- Lbbrennan (29 Sep 2016 5:14pm EDT) : Thanks for updates
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Sep 2016 5:33pm EDT) : Cover received today: USS Germantown LSD 42 - Excellent cancel - Unit type cancel - September 1, 2016
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Sep 2016 8:54pm EDT) : Cover received today - USS Somerset LPD 25 - Very Good cancel - September 7, 2016.
- esink (27 Sep 2016 8:42pm EDT) : Hoping for one of those from the ship too, Rich. My ZUMWALT covers went last week.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (26 Sep 2016 4:29pm EDT) : Rich - Hope you can get a T-F aboard USS Zumwalt before commisioning. I just mailled my covers to USS Zumwalt this morning along with USS John P. Murtha.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (26 Sep 2016 4:27pm EDT) : Covers received today - USS Stockdale DDG 105 - Good cancel but no date in cancel; USS Wayne E. Meyer DDG 108 - Excellent cancel - July 21, 2016. Both of these ships were difficult to get in the past by me.
- Neal Mills (26 Sep 2016 4:25pm EDT) : Rich - Thank you for the info, and good luck.
Rich Hoffner (26 Sep 2016 4:25pm EDT) : Address of LCS-5:
USS Montgomery LCS-5
Unit 100244 Box 1
FPO AP 96692
Took a few days to get this right, as ship was reporting 10024 as unit #, which was incorrect.
- Rich Hoffner (26 Sep 2016 4:20pm EDT) : USS ZUMWALT - no postmarks aboard. Also word that LS will not be mail clerk, but an SH (ships serviceman) is handling their mail, possibly through the ships store. Mechanicsburg spokesman indicates they may get cancels when they arrive at their home-port of San Diego. Possibly someone dropped the ball here. I have proposed a T-F aboard, but no guarantee I can get that approved and in place by commissioning.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 Sep 2016 8:15pm EDT) : Tom, keep us posted on submarine returns.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 Sep 2016 8:13pm EDT) : Covers received today - USS Boxer LHD 4 - Excellent cancel - September 9, 2016; USS Carl Vinson CVN 70 - Excellent cancel - August 26, 2016; USS Decatur DDg 73 - Excellent cancel - August 25, 2016 - this is the third cover received from this ship, two of these covers were originally sent a year ago. I guess someone came across them too.
- Tom Kean [Member] (23 Sep 2016 7:51pm EDT) : I send to cover requests for all the 5-year anniversaries of ships in the fleet, even the submarines - though that's fruitless for the most part as we know. Today however, I had returned to me the two covers I sent for the 7/21, 25th anniversary of USS Kentucky (SSN 737). While my covers were not serviced, they were kind enough to send me 2, 8x10, official color photos of the ship along with 2 giant size ship stickers and one very large one (haven't seen these sizes before, and they certainly won't fit on an envelope. Nevertheless, I appreciate anything I can get from the subs, and along the way, I have gotten a couple of very creative items. The original envelope I sent the covers in was returned along with the cover letter, 2 envelopes and my SASE - no note accompanied the reply.
- esink (22 Sep 2016 10:36pm EDT) : guest_6955 is me: esink
- guest_6955 (22 Sep 2016 10:35pm EDT) : Interesting info on free mail tracking for military for the election: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=96792
- Rich H (22 Sep 2016 1:18pm EDT) : So now an "engineering casualty" on the PCU ZUMWALT DDG-1000. Not good news for USN.
- Rich H (22 Sep 2016 1:16pm EDT) : SecNav Mabus named two LCS's today. MARINETTE LCS-25 and MOBILE LCS-26. He has been on a naming spree this year. Will there be anything left for the next SECNAV to name?
- guest_2384 (22 Sep 2016 1:13pm EDT) : Y.W.X. YOKE WHISKEY XRAY or YANKEE WHISKEY XRAY. Who is in charge of our flag bag on this site? Is there a Navy signal raising these three flags together on a ship? Any quartermasters or bos'nmates aboard?
- Tom Kean [Member] (22 Sep 2016 1:07pm EDT) : Will do Neal - I actually have a number of covers I will be sending a copy of to the Museum once I get through my whole collection (I only have the w, x, y and z names to go). The more I looked into this after your suggestion of USS Viking, I am sure they are the same ship. That vessel had an interesting evolution from a minesweeper to salvage vessel. Thanks again.
- Neal Mills (22 Sep 2016 12:46am EDT) : Tom Kean - Recommend you send a copy of the cover to the Naval Cover Museum. Greg C. is always looking for new covers to add.
- Tom Kean [Member] (21 Sep 2016 9:52pm EDT) : Oh - and there was no ship listing for Viking in the Naval Cover Museum. Thanks again Neal.
- Tom Kean [Member] (21 Sep 2016 9:51pm EDT) : Neal - thanks very much. It never occurred to me to try searching under USS Viking - another great lesson learned. I had tried SS Viking and Salvage Steamer Vicking, looked in the CG site. I also looked in the USCS Catalog and there was no Viking listed - but John Young taught me something about harbor ships not always being included. The cover I have is was cancelled 12 Mar 1946, so the dates work and I think you probably hit the nail on the head. Thanks so much.
Neal Mills (21 Sep 2016 8:12pm EDT) : Tom Kean - I'm shooting in the dark, but think the cover you have may be from USS Viking (ARS-1). Viking, a Lapwing-class minesweeper, had an interesting history. A link to her history follows:
- Tom Kean [Member] (21 Sep 2016 7:12pm EDT) : OK - so I have another question. I have a cover with a return address reading SALVAGE STEAMER VIKING / U.S. NAVY HARBOR CRAFT / BERTH 36 - SAN PEDRO, CALIF. Below that is a black handstamp reading GOVERNMENT BUSINESS / CONTRACT NObs-36. And below that an green anchor overprinted with UNITED STATES / NAVY. So I get this was a contract vessel, but haven't turned up any information on the ship, or and classification system for such ships. Is this an area people are collecting in the Naval Cover spectrum? Thanks again. Sorry for the endless questions. I have been documenting every cover in my collection, and am coming across various things I don't have the background in. Thanks for you patience and help.
- Tom Kean [Member] (21 Sep 2016 7:07pm EDT) : And thanks Phil too!
- Tom Kean [Member] (21 Sep 2016 7:06pm EDT) : Thanks Neal, Thad and lbbrennan. Next time I will try that. I too have a dismal return rate generally compared to the pre-unit designation info. Haven't calculated it yet for this year, but probably the 30% mark is generous in my case.
Phil Schreiber 9110 (21 Sep 2016 1:04pm EDT) : Let's face it. Postmarks and mail by postal service is being overtaken by internet and cell phone communications. That does not mean the end of cover collecting, but adjusting to the evolving modes of communications. The USCS provides the means for sustaining our hobby and it is very good at it, thanks to their
auctions and sales circuits and members getting together personally at meetings of all kinds.
- lbbrennan (20 Sep 2016 9:14am EDT) : Tare Victor George was the old flag hoist for Well Done before Bravo Zulu.
- lbbrennan (20 Sep 2016 9:13am EDT) : The struggle continues. Thanks for the updates and efforts to collect postmarks and cachets. it is dismal.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (20 Sep 2016 8:48am EDT) : Tom/Neal - I too have received the labels as you have and the address was correct. I resent the covers (two) but never received anything back. I am covering the ships with post offices and over the past months I have had less than a 30 per cent return rate (129 sent). The ships that never return covers continue to do so with the exception of two ships that I have been trying to get over the years. My last grand attempt after almost 50 years of collecting. Losses are too great.
- Neal Mills (20 Sep 2016 12:08am EDT) : Tom Kean - I've had one request (to USS Emory S. Land) returned with a label like you received. The address was fine - I'd used it before with success. I covered the label and gave it to the postman. A couple of weeks later I got my covers. No idea who/where the rejection occurred.
- Tom Kean [Member] (19 Sep 2016 3:49pm EDT) : Received back today, 9/19/16 a cover request to USS Ashville dated 9/7/16 with a yellow label saying RETURN TO SENDER / INSUFFICIENT ADDRESS / UNABLE TO FORWARD. I have had a couple of these this year. I double checked the address and it is correct - using the unit designation format. Is anyone else having this problem? Wondering where in the system this determination is being made. Thanks.
- Tom Kean [Member] (16 Sep 2016 7:13pm EDT) : Thanks again John! Always helpful. I did get a laugh at what popped up on Google when I just typed Y.W.X.
John Young (16 Sep 2016 4:57pm EDT) : Tom Kean:
I believe Y.W.X. was flag & code alphabet for "Well done" while today it's Bravo Zulu
- Tom Kean [Member] (16 Sep 2016 1:44pm EDT) : I have another question. I have a 1934 Last Day In Commission cover from USS William B. Preston with YWX in the cancel dial, below the year, in capital letters, and Y. W. X. in the cachet. I haven't seen this before and can't locate any information via Google. I did see a couple covers in the Naval Cover Museum with the same marks. Does anyone know what this stands for? Thanks for your patience with my questions.
- Tom Kean [Member] (16 Sep 2016 12:42pm EDT) : lbbrennan thanks for the idea. Will keep looking.
- Tom Kean [Member] (16 Sep 2016 12:38pm EDT) : Thanks Rich for the great suggestion about providing pictures of the cancels when multiple cancels/dates are in play.
- lbbrennan (16 Sep 2016 10:14am EDT) : Possible Tom and John that it was the same man who was a temporary LT during WW I but reverted to enlisted grade and then eventually became a Warrant before retiring. Keep digging.
- lbbrennan (16 Sep 2016 10:12am EDT) : Richard Great effort and report. Hope the BMCM brought good luck to the troubled class of small combatants.
- lbbrennan (16 Sep 2016 10:11am EDT) : Great news about USCS convention postmarks and covers and the Decatur Chapter meeting . My barber tells me that he leaves his home in PA for Metuchen at 400 AM and awakens at 2:30 AM This makes clear the dedication and friendship of our Decatur friends who drive to the NJ chapter meetings regularly.
- RIch Hoffner (15 Sep 2016 4:18pm EDT) : Page 54 of the 9-1-16 Postal Bulletin lists the USCS Convention cancels. There were three dates used with one design. But, each day the Falls Church VA post office was there with multiple cancels. First day of the show was a first day of issue, which added the FD cancel and a bulls eye along with the USCS and AFDCS pictorials. Day two gave us two pictorials, one for USCS and one for AFDCS, along with the two cancels from the FD of issue the day before. The final day of the show gave us the USCS pictorial, the AFDCS pictorial and a pictorial celebrating the ice cream stamps plus the two FD cancels from day one. I can imagine that if you don't submit a picture of the cancel you want, you would be at risk of getting the wrong cancel back.
- Hoffner Farm (15 Sep 2016 4:07pm EDT) : Will host the Decatur Chapter Meeting this Sunday 1PM at my home. If lost, call me at 215-622-0139.
- Tom Kean [Member] (15 Sep 2016 12:32pm EDT) : The September LOG showed 3 covers for the USCS Convention. But no post-convention ordering information was provided. I too got the Americover Station - Yellowstone back.....
- Tom Kean [Member] (15 Sep 2016 12:28pm EDT) : Thanks John for your reply and, as always, helpful information. The Lt. on Kansas was also named as E. O. Tauer. I got this from the 1919 Navy Directory, pg 452 under STATIONS and was listed under: Sq 2, Div 3, Battleship Force, US Fleet and Stations, US Atlantic Fleet. That directory is some piece of work to wade through :-). Since it's the same last name and initials I wondered if that was just coincidence or actually the same guy. Thank again John - I appreciate it.
BMCM JONES 3933 (14 Sep 2016 11:01pm EDT) : Went to Mobile AL for Saturday's commissioning of USS MONTGOMERY (LCS 8). Great looking ship right across from Austal's building sheds. You could see LCS 16 in the shed and 3 others in the river.
Went to post office two blocks away and got covers cancelled.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (14 Sep 2016 5:38pm EDT) : Covers received today: USS San Diego LPD 22, Very good cancel - September 9, 2016. Also sent for covers from the USCS Convention cancel at Falls Church, VA. but received useless covers from Americover Station - Yellowstone, a waste and trashed. I guess no USCS Convention covers this year.
John Young (14 Sep 2016 10:30am EDT) : Ahoy Tom: Regarding you inquiry on Tauer- the Warrant Officer aboard USS
Texas first name was Eric with middle initial O and he served aboard thebattleship (1932-34) and USCS
Bulletin (6/33) has him retiring from
Navy- he wasn't the mail clerk but he
handled covers for collectors.
ANCS Roster (11/36) has him listed as
ANCS #202, while he listed a second time as ANCS #550 with mailing add: Inspection Office, Naval Supply Depot,
What was LT's name aboard KANSAS
Hope this helps
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Sep 2016 8:59pm EDT) : Cover received today - USS Hue City CG 66 -Very light cancel, boxed Unit cancel with ships name - September 14, 2016 - and today is September 12th.
- Tom Kean [Member] (12 Sep 2016 7:29pm EDT) : USS Nipsic - Cover in 9/21 Auction. I hardly ever post anything, but today seems to be my day. Cavendish Auction UK (www.cavendish-auctions.com) has a 9/21/16 auction of several collections belonging to Tony Eastgate. One of those is Gilbert & Ellice Islands Postal History (my biggest specialty collection). Lot 2304 is an 1889 envelope from Fanning Island (one of the G&EIC islands after it was named a protectorate of GB in 1892). The return address reads U.S.S. NIPSIC / FANNING ISLAND / SHIP'S LETTER and was sent without postage to Philadelphia where it received a U.S. CHARGE TO COLLECT 20 CENTS handstamp. On the reverse are two strips of 5 postage due stamps cancelled Aug 16, 1899. The pre-auction estimate is 1,600 pounds. Since I am actually in process of disposing of my own G&EIC collection, I will not be bidding but wanted to let someone know about this. Will also let Richard Jones know via email. I didn't find this ship listed in the Catalog, but some interesting history the internet. I'm done now. 🙂
- Tom Kean [Member] (12 Sep 2016 6:05pm EDT) : Cover received today, 9/12/16: USS Hue City. Clean cancel in the Unit designation format. Interesting it has around the dial and killer bars a thin-line, black, square border with rounded corners. I haven't seen that before. Also on the face is a purple, worn handstamp of the ship's crest. 9/14/16 is the 25th anniversary of the ship and the cancel has that date on it...... In logging this in, I noticed that for some reason, I also asked for the same anniversary date in 2015, and I did get a return with the cancel also dated 9/14. So I now have a 24th anniversary cover as well. 🙂
- Tom Kean [Member] (12 Sep 2016 10:28am EDT) : I think it's great Elgin got tickets for the Zumwalt commissioning. I was blessed to be invited to the commissioning of USS George H. W. Bush, CVN 77. Was able to bring my wife and two oldest grandchildren with me. Incredible experience that my grandkids still talk about! I was also able to get multiple covers from various CVN events autographed along the way. Have fun Elgin!
- Tom Kean [Member] (12 Sep 2016 10:23am EDT) : Good morning everyone. I could use a little help from you Navy vets (I was Air Force). I have a 1933 USS Texas cover signed by E. O. Tauer, U.S.N. I found a Lt. with that name on USS Kansas in a 1919 Navy Officer's directory. I also found someone of the same name listed as a Chf. Mach in an Officer's Directory for 1937. On eBay there are a couple of similar covers which identify him as the mail clerk on Texas. Is the Chf. Mach a non-commissioned officer's rank? Do you think this was the same guy in both directories? Would a Chf. Mach have also been a mail clerk? Or does anyone else know who this guy is/was? Many thanks for any help you might provide. Tom
- esink (11 Sep 2016 7:29pm EDT) : Thanks Neal for the complete address...
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (11 Sep 2016 12:13pm EDT) : Thank you Neal !!!
Neal Mills (11 Sep 2016 10:32am EDT) : Thad,
The full mailing address for Zumwalt is:
USS ZUMWALT (DDG-1000)
UNIT 100381 BOX 1
FPO AP 96693
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (11 Sep 2016 9:55am EDT) : Wow Elgin great news, I see online that the tickets for the commissioning are now closed. Hope you enjoy yourself. I'm trying to get the unit number to get some covers aboard.
- esink (10 Sep 2016 11:57pm EDT) : Thad, I was lucky to get invitation info for getting tickets to the commissioning and one of the cards had that address but no unit number.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (10 Sep 2016 5:44pm EDT) : Elgin ... would you happen to know the Unit number ?
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (10 Sep 2016 5:42pm EDT) : Thank you Elgin. Covers received today... USS Mesa Verde LPD 19 - Good cancel but a little over inked - September 1, 2016 and USS The Sullivans DDG 68 - Excellent cancel, boxed Unit cancel with ships name - August 11, 2016.-
esink (10 Sep 2016 4:47pm EDT) : Also Thad, more info and nice website:
esink (10 Sep 2016 4:30pm EDT) : Thad:
USS ZUMWALT (DDG-1000)
FPO AP 96693 active no earlier than 7 SEP 16
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (10 Sep 2016 2:24pm EDT) : Anyone know ship zip code for USS Zumwalt DDG 1000 for commissioning ?
- Neal Mills (10 Sep 2016 9:56am EDT) : Guest 7906: The Wikipedia page for ARA General Belgrano, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARA_General_Belgrano, has a picture of her and a link to the USS Phoenix page which also has a picture. Entering the ship names in Google pictures also brought up several photos of each.
- John Young (10 Sep 2016 2:40am EDT) : Guest 7906: ARA BELGRANO is former USN Light Cruiser, USS PHOENIX
- Phil Schreiber 9110 (09 Sep 2016 7:38pm EDT) : To Guest 7906: Re ARA BELGRANO PICTURE: CHECK IT OUT IN JANES FIGHTING SHIPS FOR YEARS IT WAS IN SERVICE FOR ARGENTINE AND U.S. NAVIES
guest_7906 (09 Sep 2016 4:37pm EDT) : I am looking for a picture of the Argentine Navy Ship: ARA Belgrano
and a picture of the same ship when it was in the U.S. Navy.
John Young (09 Sep 2016 2:01pm EDT) : Ahoy Mates,
Sunday marks the 15th Annv of the murder of 2996 individuals on American soil by 19 Islamic Terrorists that hijacked
four airliners that were flown into the World Trade buildings, the Pentagon and crash in a field in Pennsylvania.
Even today, many police, fire and EMS
personnel are dying from what was in the air on September 11, 2001.
Remember to fly the flag (half staff)
- lbbrennan (07 Sep 2016 6:00pm EDT) : great meeting. Thanks for the report John and to our cheerful host Phil Schreiber
John Young (07 Sep 2016 5:21am EDT) : Another great Jersey Chapter meeting was held, with some visitors from the Pennsylvania Dutch country, less Rich Hoffner who was spending some time on the Outer Banks
Rich, we missed the cheese & crackers
Stewert Milstein had some circuits, where I found some cruiser covers, but Jan may have took home a 1911 USS WASHINGTON Fancy cancel (W-9) It's listed as C- great find
Even found a POLAR SEA cover from 2007 Deep Freeze for 67 cents
Heard next Decatur Chapter meeting
was Sunday, September 18 at the Hoffner Farm
- Lbbrennan (06 Sep 2016 12:15pm EDT) : The last was my postv
- guest_757 (05 Sep 2016 9:10am EDT) : Back to our hobby and chapter meetings. Tomorrow night in highland park. We never take a summer break.
- esink (03 Sep 2016 8:37pm EDT) : Attended BALPEX today for a few hours; nice show with many dealers (several with good supply of naval covers) and nice exhibits...no USPS booth however. Show continues tomorrow...
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (03 Sep 2016 5:24pm EDT) : Cover received today - USS Kearsarge LHD 3 - August 30, 2016 - Excellent cancel.
John Young (03 Sep 2016 12:32pm EDT) : As Larry says, great cover from Ship's Cook 1/c (I assume) to a relative living
in the Bronx (Davison Street) in 1945.
- lbbrennan (03 Sep 2016 8:24am EDT) : Standing by for the probably impact of the storm due to arrive late Sunday and linger off NJ and NY for a few days. overcast but the center is 500-600 miles or so to the south just returning to the water.
- lbbrennan (03 Sep 2016 8:23am EDT) : Great cover of the Month. Timely remembrance of Tokyo Bay.
- Stewart B. Milstein (02 Sep 2016 7:20pm EDT) : If you live in the Greater NY-NJ metro area, the next combined USS NJ & IOWA Chapter meeting will be this coming Tues. in Highland Park NJ. Contact me if you need more info.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (02 Sep 2016 3:30pm EDT) : Covers that arrived today - USS Decatur DDG 73 - August 25, 2016 - Excellent cancel; USS New Orleans LPD 18 - August 26, 2016 - Excellent cancel. The Decatur sent covers that I had sent to her many, many months ago along with the most recent mailing I made - 6 covers came back ... all perfect.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (02 Sep 2016 12:18pm EDT) : Covers received yesterday (Sep 5), USS Halsey DDG 97 - August 19, 2016 - a little over inked but collectible, USS Leyte Gulf CG 55 - August 24, 2016 - Excellent cancel- she was on my list on ships that I had difficulty in getting cancels from in the past.
- Rich H (01 Sep 2016 9:17pm EDT) : Next Stephen Decatur Chapter meeting will be on Sunday, September 18, 1PM at my home. Looks like I will have to miss the NJ Chapter meeting since I will be leaving for the OBX that day. When is the next North Carolina chapter meeting? I might be looking for shelter.
- Tom Kean [Member] (01 Sep 2016 6:35pm EDT) : Agree that's a really nice cover Rich. Nice to have the separate page for it as well. Also agree that this issue of the LOG is very well done and lots to explore. LLoyd's article is really interesting among many others.
- esink (31 Aug 2016 10:20pm EDT) : Superb cover, Rich...
Rich H (31 Aug 2016 10:53am EDT) : Third Marines represented during RIMPAC 2016 aboard USS America. Greg C created a new page for this cover from PMEB-HI.
John Young (30 Aug 2016 4:32pm EDT) : Ahoy Mates,
September hard copy of USCS Log arrived in lower Hudson Valley with the
Another great issue with excellent article concerning USCS website- and wish to thank Lloyd Ferrell for taking on the job of USCS Treasurer
Looking forward to New Jersey Chapter
meeting next Tuesday- heard that there
may be covers, cookies & diet root beer
at Phil Schreiber's apartment
- Lbbrennan (30 Aug 2016 3:24pm EDT) : Interesting log
- Lbbrennan (30 Aug 2016 3:24pm EDT) : Hope there are covers from the ike cvbg
- esink (29 Aug 2016 9:18pm EDT) : eLOG and hardcopy SEP issues received same day in central PA Harrisburg area...Superb issue!
- Tom Kean [Member] (29 Aug 2016 5:40pm EDT) : My paper LOG also arrived today. Thanks.
Rich H (29 Aug 2016 5:35pm EDT) : Hopefully anyone with expertise on websites will read my column and if you have an interest and some experience with website production, ask the president if you can be part of a committee to determine how we should proceed to get a world class website for the USCS. The committees job should be to determine what we need and how to decide what company we should use to move forward. This will be a costly project. A professionally developed site could cost upwards of $10.000.
Some similar collector societies have websites worthy of yearly awards for their sites. We should be looking into the future and have a website that will be functional, a website that will attract new members and a website that is responsive to our members needs and one that we can be proud of.
- Rich H (29 Aug 2016 5:29pm EDT) : Electronic Log, as well as First Class and standard mail Logs arr arrived in the Indian Valley of SE PA today.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (29 Aug 2016 4:30pm EDT) : Paper Log arrived in Pittsburgh today.
BMCM JONES 3933 (29 Aug 2016 3:21pm EDT) : September eLOG has been sent to the 300+ members who enjoy this service.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Aug 2016 9:41pm EDT) : Covers received today ... USS Gunston Hall LSD 44 - August 18, 2016 - Excellent cancel; USS Ponce AFSB(T) 15 - August 16, 2016 - Excellent cancel sent from the Purser (W. Richard). A Purser aboard a USS?
BMCM JONES 3933 (27 Aug 2016 6:25pm EDT) : Auction7-16
SCANS OF THESE LOTS CAN FOUND AT:
- guest_1111 (27 Aug 2016 1:29pm EDT) : Where can I find USCS Auction #7-16
- guest_1111 (27 Aug 2016 1:28pm EDT) : Where can I find USCS Auction #7-16
- esink (26 Aug 2016 6:59pm EDT) : Thanks, Larry...for posting that interesting transcript of information.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (26 Aug 2016 3:43pm EDT) : Cover received today - USS John C. Stennis CVN 74 - August 11, 2016 - Excellent cancel.
lbbrennan (26 Aug 2016 11:01am EDT) : Here is part of a transcript from US DoD public affairs about the recent events with USN and Iranian Revolutionary Guards vessels
Department of Defense Press Briefing with Press Secretary Peter Cook in the Press Briefing Room
Defense Department Press Secretary Peter Cook
Aug. 25, 2016
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DEFENSE DEPARTMENT PRESS SECRETARY PETER COOK: Good afternoon everybody. What's that?
COOK: Bob, I always have important information to share with you. Today will be no different. I did want to begin with a couple of operational updates in the counter-ISIL campaign before I turn to your questions.
Q: Peter, on Iran in the Gulf, the encounters with the U.S. Navy. Can you bring us up to date across the board? What yesterday happened that led the Navy crew to believe they had to fire warning shots at this Iranian vessel? What can you tell us about the possibility that there were two other additional unsafe incidents yesterday? Not the video that we've all seen from two days ago, but I'm referencing the warning shots, two other incidents yesterday.
And what's the assessment on what you think the Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy is up to? What this says about Central Command being controlled by the Iranians over their own security forces?
MR. COOK: Well, let me -- there are a lot of questions in there.
Q: Sure, my question is across the board.
MR. COOK: So, I'm sure I'm going to forget one, and you can remind me.
With regard to the event yesterday that you all have reported on, again the crew determined that these Iranian craft coming at them were approaching at an unsafe and unprofessional manner. And they did what our very professional Navy has been forced to do in the past when confronted with similar situations. And that is to take appropriate steps to try and de-escalate the situation.
That's what they did in this instance. They deemed these craft approaching them as unsafe and unprofessional. And they responded accordingly. And that ended this particular situation yesterday. And again, our ships were in international waters. Our sailors were conducting themselves professionally as they are trained to do. And we did not see the same from the Iranian boats on the other side.
Q: But is it not the case in the view of the U.S. military, if you are compelled -- if you're in a situation where you're compelled to go to the step of having to fire warning shots, what does that say about the potential threat being posed to U.S. naval forces at that moment?
MR. COOK: Well, again, there's a series of steps that our crews are prepared to take to handle these situations. They are well trained, Barbara, as you know. And the fact that they did have to reach that step, and you're referring specifically to the incident involving the Nitze here?
Q: No. I'm referring to yesterday. The Nitze -- I'm sorry -- just to clarify, I'm not talking about the Nitze from two days ago. I'm talking about the USS Tempest and USS Squall in the northern Gulf yesterday.
MR. COOK: OK.
So, first of all, I'm just seeing some of the information regarding this incident as well. So I don't have all the details. I'm going to refer you for as many details that I miss to CENTCOM and to NAVCENT, because they'll have more than I will.
But my understanding is they were -- in this instance, they did feel compelled ultimately to fire three warning shots. And the reason for that is they had used steps -- they had taken steps already to try and de-escalate this situation, appropriate steps, including flares, trying to, again, warn the Iranian craft away. And so they felt the need to take an additional step to try and de-escalate the situation, and that was, again, to fire the warning shots.
And, Barbara, these steps are taken in order to make sure that our crew and our ship -- they're able to protect themselves, and to try and prevent this from escalating into a more serious situation.
They did that. The Iranian craft, as I understand it, left at that point.
But, again, the onus here is on the Iranians to conduct themselves in a safe and professional manner like navies all over the world do. And in this instance and the instance the other day with the Nitze, in the view of the crew, that did not happen.
Q: So, just to -- what does the U.S. think the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps naval forces are up to here? Are they -- are they under the control of the central government? Are they out there operating on their own? Are they threatening you? Do you feel a threat from them? Why are they doing all this?
And can you see if you can clarify for us, were there two additional incidents yesterday? Unsafe incidents.
What do you think the IRGC's up to?
MR. COOK: So, my understanding is that there may have been yesterday two incidents, involving the Tempest and the Squall. And there was another incident, involving another U.S. Navy ship. I -- quite honestly, I think it was referenced the Stout. And may have involved some of the same Iranian vessels.
So you may be talking about some of the same craft, but separate incidents.
Q: So, are you saying…
MR. COOK: So bigger picture here, these were incidents that, again, the crews deemed that were unsafe and unprofessional.
And as to why the Iranians are doing this, I'm going to leave it -- you need to ask the Iranians why they're doing this.
They're not conducting themselves in the way that professional navies do. And we have these interactions all the time. We have interactions with the Iranians all the time. And the Iranian -- and for a significant number of times, these are routine and safe and professional. At least that's been -- that's been...
Q: But these others are IRGC?
MR. COOK: I'm going to leave it to NAVCENT and CENTCOM to explain that to you in more detail.
But the big picture here, Barbara, is that these are incidents that carry a risk of escalation. And we certainly don't desire any escalation, any sort of confrontation there. Our ships are operating as they have for years in that part of the world, in international waters, and will continue to do so. And there is no need for this kind of, if you will, unprofessional behavior. It does not serve any purpose.
We're going to continue to operate. And we're going to continue to take the steps that we need to do to make sure that our sailors and our ships are as safe as possible as they conduct their operations.
Q: Were warning shots only fired once yesterday? Or this -- you said you had another in -- I guess Iranians twice, is what you're saying, came unsafely close to the Tempest and the Squall. At another point they came close to the Stout?
MR. COOK: Warning shots were only fired in this one instance, as I understand it. So...
Q: I guess I would just also say -- I guess, I do wanna just say I -- if you could communicate to the Navy, I think the level of interest -- when the U.S. Navy fires warning shots at the Iranians, is an immediate level of interest by the U.S. press corps. I think we -- it's a little distressing to find this out as a point of history the next day rather than of news.
Anything you could do to encourage the U.S. military to tell us when they fire on another country.
MR. COOK: I believe they fired warning shots in the water.
And, Barbara, we're sharing this information. In some instances, like today, you might be reporting on it before some people in this building are totally aware, given the distances.
And some of the information conveyed here -- there's a chain of command that needs to be followed here.
MR. COOK: Our sailors are conducting themselves professionally. They do have responsibilities to a chain of command. They have operations they need to maintain.
And again, our folks were doing what they were supposed to be doing, and they conducted themselves professionally.
And there is a review, of course, as always in these situations, as to the circumstances involved here and how this played out. And that is still underway, as I understand it.
Q: ... I think you understand we wanna know, Peter.
MR. COOK: Yeah, Paul?
Q: I wanted to ask two separate questions.
One is on the North Korean missile test. North Korea said this morning that it was a multi-stage missile that traveled on a high trajectory and successfully tested the warhead impact. Which, if true, seems like an advancement on their past missile tests.
So can you -- would you assess this as progress? And if so, does that worry you, (inaudible) situation (inaudible)?
MR. COOK: I'm not gonna characterize their tests, other than to say, as with previous test by the North Koreans, this is not only a violation of U.N. resolutions, but it is, again, a provocative act by the North Koreans that does nothing to promote stability and ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
And again it demonstrates why we are continuing to work so closely with our South Korean and Japanese allies, in terms of the steps we need to take to make sure that the defense of our allies is as robust as it can be; why we're taking steps with regard to missile defense in the region; and why we're conducting exercises like we are with the South Koreans now, to make sure that we're doing everything we can to address the very real concerns we have about the actions of North Korea, actions like this test would indicate.
Q: And the second one on Iraq's parliament. (inaudible) to oust the defense minister. They also, as far as I understand, don't have an interior minister.
And -- is this a concern for the U.S., given that this is one of our closest allies in the counter-ISIL fight? Are you worried that there's a paucity of leadership there, that there's political instabilities already affecting our efforts there at all?
Q: Peter, the Iranian Defense Minister said today that this type of harassment by Iranian vessels against the U.S. Navy will continue. Do you have a message to him or his spokesman today?
MR. COOK: I'm not aware of those comments.
But I guess my response to that would be, we certainly hope it doesn't continue, because it serves no purpose other than to raise tensions in an important part of the world; and tensions that we don't seek to have escalated.
We are conducting ourselves, again, as we always have, as the Navy does around the world, in a safe and professional manner. And our sailors will continue to do that. And they will continue to take the steps that they need to to protect themselves, their ships and our interests in the region.
Q: Just a clarification on the Iran incidents. Which of the U.S. ships fired the warning shots?
MR. COOK: My understanding is the Squall fired the warning shots, but I would again urge you, since I have gotten this information shortly before I came out here, to check with CENTCOM or with NAVCENT on the particulars.
All right. Thanks, everybody.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (25 Aug 2016 2:34pm EDT) : Rich - There are pictorial cancels posted on the German blog for USS Texas SSN 775 - 10th Anniversary, USS Cheyenne SSN 773 - 20th Anniversary, USS Chicago SSN 721 - 30th Anniversary, USS Ashville SSN 758 - 25th Anniversary, Commissioning pictorial - USS John P. Murtha LPD 26 (Philadelphia) and a super pictorial for 75th Anniversary Jap Attack on PH. Go and Google US Navy schiffspost der blog ...
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (25 Aug 2016 2:25pm EDT) : Cover received today - USS Blue Ridge LCC 19 - Unit Cancel - July 25, 2016 - Excellent cancel.
- Rich H (23 Aug 2016 2:27pm EDT) : Pssst.... (I did get many desirable USCG covers, but don't tell John Young).
Rich H (23 Aug 2016 2:26pm EDT) : So, not sure if anyone has already posted this, but the MURTHA address is:
COPE - MAIL CLERK
USS JOHN P MURTHA LPD 26
UNIT 100440 Box 1
FPO AP 96694
We (USCS) donated a cachet stamp. Nothing yet on if a pictorial will be available. Seems to be some delay in her getting her postal equipment according to my sources.
- guest_2145 (23 Aug 2016 2:19pm EDT) : John Young. Would you believe that I did not purchase any USCG covers, because I wanted a level playing filed for you and John B who could not be there?
- Tjossem (22 Aug 2016 4:18pm EDT) : Congratulations are in order to our new USCS Treasurer, Lloyd Ferrell. He will take over effective the first of September.
- Neal Mills (22 Aug 2016 12:18pm EDT) : Rich, Who is the new treasurer?
- John Young (22 Aug 2016 9:20am EDT) : Rich: Any Coast Guard treasures?
- Rich H (21 Aug 2016 5:05pm EDT) : Much more news will come from Steve Shay who "captained" the board meeting and USCS general meeting. Thanks Steve for your guidance in keeping us on track with a very productive board meeting which did not last until midnight! Welcome Aboard to our new treasurer.
- Rich H (21 Aug 2016 5:00pm EDT) : Great convention, just dodged some heavy showers and got home with a "boat load" of fantastic coves. Most of my spending money + a little more, went to Paul and Howard. Thanks to both for being there. Thanks to Stew for the covers provided to us in the hospitality room. Decatur Chapter thanks those who supported us with cover purchases from our boxes. Great to see Jay Milewski at the show and his covers in the hospitality room. And if you feel left out, see you next year in Aurora, CO.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (19 Aug 2016 8:18pm EDT) : Cover received today.. USS Emory S. Land AS 39 - Unit cancel, August 10, 2016 - Excellent cancel. This was one that has been on my list of not responding.
- esink (18 Aug 2016 10:26pm EDT) : Good point, guest_9535, in your (18 Aug 2016 7:38am EDT) posting...perhaps terminology should be adjusted so postal coordinators on ships can understand our requests. I never use the term "cover"; my requests are about "envelopes". I have never heard the term "zapper" used for a rubber-stamped ship cachet. I always thought "zapper" refers to the occasional decal received from ships.
Thad W. Kaczkowski (18 Aug 2016 1:36pm EDT) : Cover received today from USS Mesa Verde LPD 19 - August 11, 2016. Nice cancel but over inked and not collectible.
guest_9535 is right, when we send for covers we should be as graphic as possible and not assume everyone knows what we are requesting. I send a detailed note with a small drawing of an envelope as to what I want and where to put it. So far covers back from my fleet coverage has been so, so. The same ships not returning covers continue. I was hoping for some breaks.
- Stewart B. Milstein (18 Aug 2016 10:57am EDT) : John - will not be the same without you.
Stewart B. Milstein (18 Aug 2016 10:57am EDT) : Guest 9535 - Hi. I am a long time member of the USCS. When we send envelopes (aka covers) to a ship what we are hoping to get back is a postal cancel from the ship as well as what we call a "cachet." A cachet is what I believe you call a "zapper." It is a rubber stamp applied to the left side of the envelope. It can be the ship's official cachet or coat of arms. It can also be related to the ship's current deployment.
If you ship does not have a cachet, you can contact the USCS and we can help design and acquire one for the ship.
Sincerely, Stewart B. Milstein
guest_9535 (18 Aug 2016 7:38am EDT) : For those of you that read this message board:
I am currently active duty and received a request for a decal today and for the envelope I send it in to be stamped with a "zapper." It took a lot of googling to figure out exactly what I was being asked to do. The note I received had USCS written at the bottom of it. A little research led me to your site and I am starting to understand what you guys are searching for. I think your frustrations in not receiving "covers" back are because we have no idea what it is that you're asking us for. Just thought you'd want to know.
- guest_4696 (18 Aug 2016 6:56am EDT) : Hello, is anyone there?
John Young (18 Aug 2016 1:38am EDT) : Other than one or two west coast (CA) shows, this is the first USCS convention
that I have missed since the Columbus SC convention in May 1990
Hope those meeting in Falls Church VA
find those treasures that they're looking
for, as for me I'm still looking for that dropped cover to USS STORIS, CG in August 1944. Yes, mail bag was dropped from an Army bomber and the
mail clerk made a mimeographed cachet
on all incoming mail
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (15 Aug 2016 3:53pm EDT) : Covers received today - USS Philippine Sea CG 58 - August 11, 2016 - Excellent cancel; USS Ronald Reagan CVN 76 - August 9, 2016 - Excellent cancel and USS Bunker Hill CG 52 - August 10, 2016 - Excellent cancel
- Rick Wolfe (15 Aug 2016 2:45pm EDT) : Thanks a lot for the information Steve. That's not surprising as they are heavily Iowa oriented. These are some beautiful laser cacheted covers. I bought 1200 of them in a Minneapolis auction.
- Steve Shay (15 Aug 2016 8:46am EDT) : Rick, member 6479 was Rob Larson of West Des Moines, Iowa
- Rick Wolfe (14 Aug 2016 9:08pm EDT) : I just purchased a large accumulation of 2001-2003 naval event covers with nice laser cachets. The only identification of the cachet is USCS 6479. Can anyone provide any information on these?
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (13 Aug 2016 2:49pm EDT) : Cover received today - USS Winston S. Churchill DDG 81 - Circular cancel on stamp, no date - poor.
LBrennan (13 Aug 2016 8:30am EDT) : I am guest 9731 Sorry I forgot to check the default name.
Thad Thanks for the favorable news. Perhaps there is hope.
- guest_9731 (13 Aug 2016 8:29am EDT) : Tom, I just happened on the link by coincidence. I have been to the museum in Fredericksburg years ago-well worth the trip and some great German food. I spent two years on board NIMITZ as a Lieutenant, 35+ years ago. I need to do an article about his court martial and about his command of a cruiser in Asia before he became Flag. His grandson was a Lieutenant on board USS Texas when we made a cruise and a spent some time in the Indian Ocean (1979-80).
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Aug 2016 2:51pm EDT) : Cover received today - USS San Antonio LPD 17 - July 12, 2016 - Excellent cancel.
- Tom Kean [Member] (11 Aug 2016 6:25pm EDT) : lbbrennan - thanks for the link. Very interesting letter. Had to chuckle a bit about his comment on being tired of 'independent command' given what transpired the rest of his career. Have to dig through the rest sometime.
- lbbrennan (11 Aug 2016 3:23pm EDT) : Still get that annoying noise when I post something.
lbbrennan (11 Aug 2016 3:22pm EDT) : here is a link to a collection of Fleet Admiral Nimitz's personal letters. http://digitalarchive.pacificwarmuseum.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16769coll4/id/131
this is one while he was CO of USS Decatur DD 5 This is not the Nimitz Graybook from ww ii. Lots of interesting things to read if I can make time.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (10 Aug 2016 12:03pm EDT) : Thanks for reply Tom and Neal. Neal - nothing from Emory S. Land after multiple attempts and so far nothing back from Frank Cable, she just left Goa, India.
- Neal Mills (10 Aug 2016 11:45am EDT) : Thad Kaczkowski - Over the last 9 months, I've gone 4 for 5 with Emory S. Land (AS39). Received covers back for Christmas, New Years, Memorial Day, and July 4th. Covers for Submarine Force birthday disappeared. Did you get covers back from Frank Cable (AS40)? She's a problem for me. Think I'm 0 for 7 with Cable.
- Tom Kean [Member] (10 Aug 2016 10:29am EDT) : Does anyone have information on the Midway On The Seaway Chapter 56 of USCS - or know anyone still around who was part of it? I have an odd cover with an odd cancel (not tying the stamp) from USS Parle that I am trying to chase down history on. Thanks.
- Tom Kean [Member] (10 Aug 2016 10:27am EDT) : On a couple posts. I haven't received any covers from the ships Thad mentioned. My paper LOG arrived on the 4th. My return rate is also very low following the change in address configuration - I wasn't getting 95% before that as Roger posted, but I, was well into the 70s.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 Aug 2016 11:00am EDT) : As I reported here I have sent to the fleet (ships with PO's) to see what would happen. Results have been what I expected, mixed. Ships that have returned covers in the past continue to return them with excellent results and those that haven't in the past continue. Has anyone received covers from ships listed here over the past year to eighteen month? I have been trying in some cases for years to get covers from the following: USS..Benfold DDG 65, Bulkeley DDG 84, Comstock LSD 45, Emory S. Land AS 39, Green Bay LPD 20, Howard DDG 83, James E. Williams DDG 95, John S. McCain DDG 56, Lake Erie CG 70, Mitscher DDG 57, Mount Whitney LCC 20, Normandy CG 60, Pearl Harbor LSD 52, Pinckney DDG 91, Port Royal CG 73, Porter DDG 88, Princeton CG 59, Leyte Gulf CG 55, Mobile Bay CG 53, Ramage DDG 61, Russell DDG 59, Shiloh CG 67, Stockdale DDG 106, Tortuga LSD 46, Vella Gulf CG 72, Wayne E. Meyer DDG 108, William P. Lawrence DDG 110 and Winston S. Churchill DDG 81. Sorry for the long list but wanted to see if it was just me or is it happening to others. Please let me know. Thanks.
- John Young (09 Aug 2016 2:01am EDT) : Paper Log arrived in the lower Hudson Valley in yesterday's mail
- lbbrennan (08 Aug 2016 2:11pm EDT) : What is the noise when I post something. Sounds like running water or a rumbling tummy?
- lbbrennan (08 Aug 2016 2:11pm EDT) : Still waiting for paper LOG.
Roger Wentworth (07 Aug 2016 5:19pm EDT) : Thad,
I'm experiencing the same thing. About 50% returns since the USN started using the new address configuration with unit numbers. Some covers are showing up as much as six months after I mail them. The cancel quality o most of the covers is good, but some are down right pitiful. Before the new addresses, I was hitting at about 95% returns.
- Roger Wentworth (07 Aug 2016 5:14pm EDT) : I finally got covers back for Fleet Week New York on Saturday.
- Roger Wentworth (07 Aug 2016 5:08pm EDT) : It never ceases to amaze me. I sent out covers to over a dozen ships in January and February that were deployed to the Middle East. 8 of the ships returned the covers in a reasonable amount of time. Last week I got the covers back from the remaining ships.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (06 Aug 2016 6:39pm EDT) : Covers received today... USS George H. W. Bush CVN 71 - Excellent cancel - August 2, 2016 - one of the largest postmarks I've seen. USS Farragut DDG 99 - Excellent cancel - July 22, 2016.
guest_7223 (06 Aug 2016 2:25pm EDT) : Hello,
Anybody collecting recovery ship covers?
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (05 Aug 2016 6:21pm EDT) : August Log arrived in Pittsburgh.
- esink (05 Aug 2016 1:17pm EDT) : August hardcopy LOG received today in central PA Three-Mile Island country...much good reading for the weekend.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (05 Aug 2016 9:30am EDT) : Thank you Rich for the come back.
- Rich Hoffner (04 Aug 2016 10:35pm EDT) : Thad. I was involved with Wolfgang Heckler in the design of the cancels. A USCS member involved with the AFDCS had the design submitted to the USPS. We will not know where to send covers until it appears in the Postal Bulletin.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (04 Aug 2016 8:07pm EDT) : Covers received today .. USS Mason DDG 87 - Not a very good cancel - type 9 used on stamp July 3, 2016 but not very readable - Socked on nose. USS Tortuga LSD 46 covers were returned with the "Red Finger" and Attempted - Not Known. The letter with the covers was opened and taped shut. Sent to Unit 100267 - 09588.
lbbrennan (04 Aug 2016 2:50pm EDT) : quiet time.
HAPPY 226TH BIRTHDAY US COAST GUARD.
Just learned that USCG naval aviators had to carrier qual as part of flight training. So, yes Virginia, there were Coastie Tailhookers.
- lbbrennan (03 Aug 2016 2:05pm EDT) : Great NJ Chapter meeting last night. Thanks Phil Schreiber, a gracious host and the Philadelphia flying circus and covers from our members and the USCS sales circuit thanks to Stewart Milstein. Sorry that we missed John Young, who is recovering from surgery and Bruno and a few other regulars who were UA.
lbbrennan (02 Aug 2016 11:33am EDT) : the dog days of summer have been here and there is sign of interest in naval covers here again.
NJ Chapter meeting tonight. John Young is in the binnacle list and will be missed. I hope our Pennsylvania flying squadron arrive safely. Should be fun and thanks to our host, Phil Schreiber.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Aug 2016 4:06pm EDT) : What is the address for the Convention pictorial? The zip code says 22041. I looked up the address for the PO at 22041 and it is 6021 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-9998. Is this the address to send covers ?
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Aug 2016 3:59pm EDT) : Received covers today - USS Oak Hill LSD 51 - Excellent cancel - July 27, 2016 and USS Halsey DDG 97 - Good but a little over inked, July 27, 2016. The COPE did apply a sticky note saying he was sorry and he would do better if I wished to send again. Not sure if it is worth it. Anyway, covers are beginning to come back from my sending to the ships with post offices and those that are coming back are surprisingly good cancels. Still not like the old days but nothing ever is.
guest_7284 (01 Aug 2016 1:54pm EDT) : Hello, Does anybody collect recovery ship covers? Looking for trade.
Glenn Smith (01 Aug 2016 10:10am EDT) : Guest 5595:
Hello to you. Guests are always welcome, but we would prefer that you use a real name...it is just more personal.
Is there any thing we can do for you? Questions? How to join USCS?
Glenn Smith (01 Aug 2016 10:08am EDT) : John Young:
You will be sorely (no pun intended) at the convention. Get well soon and don't be a pain to wifey!
- guest_5595 (01 Aug 2016 7:32am EDT) : anyone here?
- guest_5595 (01 Aug 2016 7:29am EDT) : hello
BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Jul 2016 4:17pm EDT) : 300+ eLOGs have been sent to members requesting them.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (29 Jul 2016 4:46pm EDT) : Received today - USS Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 - Excellent cancel - July 21, 2016 - new Unit type with ships name.
- esink (28 Jul 2016 5:42pm EDT) : Nice cover sent for RIMPAC 2016 received from USS JOHN STENNIS CVN 74 during RIMPAC with ship cachet, new style cancel dtd JUL 21, 2016 and spray marking from Honolulu.
- lbbrennan (28 Jul 2016 4:34pm EDT) : Get Better John Young
- lbbrennan (28 Jul 2016 4:34pm EDT) : Great progress
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Jul 2016 2:06pm EDT) : CVN 75 cover is July 22 not 2.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Jul 2016 2:05pm EDT) : A banner day today ... just like the old days. Received today the NYC Fleet Week covers for USCGC Forward WMEC 911 and USS Fort McHenry LSD 43 - Excellent cancels; USS Iwo Jima LHD 7 - July 25, 2016 - Excellent cancel; USS Arleigh Burke DDG 51- July 4, 2016 - Excellent cancel and a super nice note from LS3 Chavez saying how honored he was to service the cover and July 4th is the ships birthday and finally a cover from the USS Harry S. Truman CVN 75 - July 2, 2026 Excellent cancel with new cachet by Rich Hoffner. Not a bad cancel in the bunch, all perfect.
Tjossem (28 Jul 2016 2:27am EDT) : July 28
? 1926—USS S-1 surfaces and launches a Cox-Klemin (XS 2) seaplane flown by Lt. D.C. Allen. The submarine recovers the aircraft and submerges, successfully completing an airplane transport on board a submarine.
? 1943—PBM aircraft (VP 32) sinks German submarine (U 359) south-southwest of Puerto Rico. During her service, (U 359) deploys on three war patrols.
? 1944—USS Wyman (DE 38) and USS Reynolds (DE 42) sink Japanese submarine (I 55), 400 miles east of Tinian.
? 1945—USS Callaghan (DD 792) is the last ship sunk by a Japanese kamikaze attack when she hits a radar picket station approximately 50 miles southwest of Okinawa, 25° 43’N, 126° 55’E. USS Pritchett (DD 561) is also damaged by a near hit from a kamikaze as she assists the destroyer. The kamikaze that hits USS Callaghan is carrying Willow (a primary training biplane), revealing the desperation level of the Japanese.
? 1973—Skylab 3 is launched. The mission is the second to the first U.S. manned space station. The commander of the mission is Capt. Alan L. Bean, USN, the pilot is Maj. Jack R. Lousma, USMC, and the Science Pilot is Owen K. Garriott, a former Navy electronics officer. The mission lasts 59 days, 11 hours and includes 858 Earth orbits. USS New Orleans (LPH 11) recovers the crew.
? 1984—USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52) is launched at Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. The rescue and salvage ship conducts salvage, diving, towing, off-shore firefighting, heavy lift operations and theater security cooperation missions through the Military Sealift Command.
- esink (26 Jul 2016 5:44pm EDT) : John, Hope you have a very successful rehab and speedy recovery...Best regards/Elgin
guest_6798 John young (26 Jul 2016 4:09pm EDT) : hope all is well, as I am having rehab after knee replacement and well not be
Able to attend the convention.
Heard only two naval exhibits. Steve Shay & myself.
- lbbrennan (26 Jul 2016 2:48pm EDT) : Good news Thad
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (25 Jul 2016 7:12pm EDT) : Two very good covers received today with excellent cancels... USS Mahan DDG 72: July 9, 2016 and USS Oscar Austin DDG 79; July 20, 2016.
- lbbrennan (25 Jul 2016 4:36pm EDT) : Quiet days and little good news in hunting for current covers.
Thad W. Kaczkowski (24 Jul 2016 11:01am EDT) : Thank you Elgin for the reply.
I sent to the fleet (ships with post offices) over the past several months (129 USN & 2 USNS I believe) for the last time in my collecting career (50 years). Just looking over returns and not looking good. The covers that have come back are nicely done but returns are EXTREMELY poor. I do believe I wasted a boat load of money. I will continue to share postings of covers that are returned with good results. The two USNS ships were Mercy and Comfort... Mercy was excellent and Comfort went to the trash.
- esink (23 Jul 2016 10:04pm EDT) : I got one good USS BATAAN ship (FPO) cancel (new type, but not pictorial) with ship cachet dtd MAY 28, 2016, but never sent to other ships for Fleet Week.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 Jul 2016 9:32pm EDT) : Anyone ever get pictorial cancels back from Fleet Week NYC?
- esink (21 Jul 2016 3:57pm EDT) : Superb FREE franks received today from USS PONCE with sticker corner card on flap, nice embossed (not visible) ship seal cachet and clear new type? cancel dtd 10 JUL 2016 which is 45th Anniversary of ship’s commissioning.
- Rich Hoffner aka guest_9591 (20 Jul 2016 3:34pm EDT) : I like the idea of sharing what cancels come back. It is the only way to collect due to the high losses. I have two covers I sent to AMERICA but not back yet. I also sent two to my son, who is reluctantly attached to LHA-6 with the USMC. He has been in more then 20 years and his first time "aboard". Not a happy camper. Guess USMC was too busy with Iraq and Afghanistan during those years. Many Marines lost their "amphibious" legs in the last decade or so.
- Rich Hoffner aka guest_9591 (20 Jul 2016 3:21pm EDT) : When I sign in, sometimes my name is there, sometimes not. Sorry.
- guest_9591 (20 Jul 2016 3:20pm EDT) : Last "ballot" postmark I saw was one that USS MAINE personnel found aboard when they were invited to an anniversary party by Puget Sound Chapter members, complete with a birthday cake. The cancel was used by the chapter to do covers, date was 7-29-10. I believe the chapter provided daters. The boat did not have current daters. One would ahve to send a detailed letter to every ship (still in commission) that has no post office, showing some of the "ballot" postmarks and asking the CO or PAO to search the ships safe to see if it exists. Returns might be nil. Daters, if a cancel is found, would not have current year date. How long ago was the voting debacle in Florida? "Hanging chads" and ballots with no postmarks or unreadable dates tossed aside.
Tjossem (19 Jul 2016 12:35pm EDT) : July 19
? 1812—The frigate, USS Constitution, under the command of Capt. Isaac Hull, escapes the British squadron a three-day chase off the coast of New Jersey.
? 1886—The protected cruiser, USS Atlanta, the first steel-hulled American cruiser armed with breech loading rifled guns, is commissioned. She serves mainly with the North Atlantic Squadron and is part of the Squadron of the Evolution (steel ships that have full-rigged masts and steam engines).
? 1918—During World War I, USS San Diego (Armored Cruiser No. 6) sinks off Fire Island, N.Y., by a mine placed by German submarine (U 156). The cruiser sinks in 28 minutes with the loss of six lives and is the only major warship lost by the U.S. in World War I.
? 1918—While serving with the Sixth Regiment Marines in the vicinity of Vierzy, France, Medical Corps officer Lt. Joel T. Boone twice leaves the shelter of a ravine. Despite extreme enemy fire and heavy gas mist, he applies dressings and first aid to wounded marines. For his actions on this occasion, he is awarded the Medal of Honor.
? 1940—President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the second Naval Expansion Act.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (16 Jul 2016 1:50pm EDT) : Excellent cover with clear cancellation from USS New York LPD 21. The cancel is square and inside is the ships name, FPO and Unit number in a circular four bar cancel. Very nice.
- lbbrennan (15 Jul 2016 5:00pm EDT) : Elgin Thanks Greatly appreciate your work and sharing your results. We need to conspire about sending to ships and particularly with the ballot postmarks this year.
- Neal Mills (15 Jul 2016 8:42am EDT) : Thad - You're not alone, there are others out there 🙂
- esink (14 Jul 2016 8:23pm EDT) : Superb FREE franks received today from USS NEW ORLEANS LPD 18 with corner card, nicely applied ship cachet and clear new type cancel dtd MAY 28, 2016.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (14 Jul 2016 2:48pm EDT) : Excellent cover arrived in today's mail from USS Momsen DDG 92 using yet another variation cancel along with a version of the type 9 using the Unit number. Anyone else out there? Feel like I'm reporting things to myself.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Jul 2016 11:30am EDT) : Covers that came back over the past week or so with really good postmarks were, USNS Mercy T-AH 19, USS America LHA 6 (Elgin got a bad one), USS Wasp LHD 1, USS Donald Cook DDG 75, USS Barry DDG 52 and USS Higgins DDG 76.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Jul 2016 10:32am EDT) : Elgin, they must have used the excess ink on your covers from USS America since mine posted on July 4th came back pretty good. Anyone interested in hearing what covers come back from ships with clear cancels ? Believe it or not, I have done something stupid, I sent to the fleet (excluding subs and non-post office ships) over the past months for the last time. With a return from the ships at about 5 - 10 percent sharing info can help save money. I have a list of ships that never return covers after multiple requests. Anyone gets covers from Green Bay LPD 20, Port Royal CG 73, Porter DDG 88, Princeton CG 59, John S. McCain DDG 56 just to name a few let me know, there are more on my not return list than anytime in my over 55 years of collecting. I am concentrating on my stamp collection again buying the stamps I dreamed about as a kid. This dropping the collecting of Naval covers is tough to do.
- esink (11 Jul 2016 4:41pm EDT) : Covers received today from USS AMERICA LHA 6 dtd JUL 4, 2016...sent to be processed during RIMPAC 2016. Clear ship cachets but cancels are "muddy" and barely legible, but still collectible; also are previous "zip+4" types.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 Jul 2016 6:51pm EDT) : Wow... my USCG pictorial for USCG Aviation came today from Sacramento. It took quite a while but now the set is complete.
- lbbrennan (08 Jul 2016 12:18pm EDT) : Rich, thanks for your kind words. It was a fun article to write. I will send you the gracious note from RADM Lunney who was the driving force in having the Tomich Medal of Honor presented. I am disappointed that I was unable to fly to meet Enterprise in the eastern Med for the ceremony. Chief Tomich is the platinum standard for pre-mediated heroism.
- lbbrennan (08 Jul 2016 12:16pm EDT) : Rich, I know it is a long trip but I did not think that the voyage on the Conestoga was that long. I could make Villanova in an hour and a half and Elizabeth can make it in an hour, she claims but I have some issues with that speed. We need to try to do something over a weekend that is closer to a midpoint. Thanks for the Dutch Flying Circus. Great shipmates and leaders.
lbbrennan (08 Jul 2016 12:11pm EDT) : Good luck Rich on your mission to the electronic ER.
Congratulations Glenn for another wonderful cover of the month. Great story of leadership and heroism.
- Rich Hoffner (06 Jul 2016 8:45pm EDT) : My 13 year old Dell 4550 crashed during a power failure, actually several close together, coupled with brown outs several days ago. While I was restarting the PC, another outage while it was rebooting. That seemed to kill it. I had the files from my hard-drive saved and put on a stick and have cranked up another vintage Dell (Insperion 530) I own (also WindowsXP). As soon as I can find a Microsoft Word program that I can put in this PC, I should be able to get most of my files back.
- Rich Hoffner (06 Jul 2016 8:34pm EDT) : Can someone scan in their USCG Aviation Anniversary Corpus Christi TX pictorial to me? Lost files for now, due to a computer crash. I need a copy to haggle with Corpus Christi TX postmaster trying to get replacements for my missing 10 covers sent there.
- Rich Hoffner (06 Jul 2016 12:30am EDT) : Whoa, I did eat too many of Bruno's brownies! Thank you Bruno and thank you Phil Schreiber for hosting another robust NJ Chapter meeting. BTW Phil, thanks for showing up tonight. Swapping covers in your lobby just does not cut it.
- Rich Hoffner (05 Jul 2016 10:50am EDT) : MapQuest tells me it is 168 miles round trip. But worth every mile due to the great members who attend. And seeing the great cover circuits that Stew Milstein brings to each meeting.
- Rich Hoffner (05 Jul 2016 10:40am EDT) : USS New Jersey Chapter meeting tonight. Contingent from Decatur Chapter slated to attend. I know there are a number of members in the Central and North Jersey areas, why not check in with Phil Schreiber and attend a meeting? Our designated Uber driver (George Marcincin) will be in my driveway at 1630 hrs. We have a planned pit stop in New Hope to pick up our Bristol PA member (Frank Faustino). Does an Uber driver get tips?
- Rich Hoffner (05 Jul 2016 10:29am EDT) : On this Day in the U S Coast Guard: 1884-An Act of Congress (23 Stat. L., 118) created a special service known as the Bureau of Navigation, under the Treasury Department, with the duty of supervising the work having to do with the administration of American navigation laws. "The act specifically allotted to the bureau the numbering of vessels and the preparation of the annual list of merchant vessels of the United States."
- Rich Hoffner (02 Jul 2016 4:13pm EDT) : Sequestration caused the USN to cancel Fleet Week NYC in 2013. But something tells me that they backed off a little and a few ships attended anyway. Can anyone tell me which ships and or cutters attended? Thanks.
- guest_6161 (02 Jul 2016 4:10pm EDT) : Three days since a message was left here? WOW.
BMCM JONES 3933 (28 Jun 2016 4:18pm EDT) : Getting back up to speed.
July eLOGs have been sent this morning.
- Rich Hoffner (28 Jun 2016 12:25pm EDT) : Just read Capt. Brennan's article in the July Log about Water Tender Chief Peter Tomich, Medal of Honor recipient aboard USS Utah. As a former BT in the USCG, I know that when bad things happen in the boiler room, people die. Top notch article and too much bureaucratic "red tape" from the USN.
Tjossem (28 Jun 2016 12:15pm EDT) : On this day in Naval History........
? 1814—The sloop of war USS Wasp commanded by Johnston Blakeley, comes across HMS Reindeer, commanded by William Manners, off Plymouth, England, and engages in battle. After the 19-minute battle, USS Wasp captures HMS Reindeer, taking her crew as prisoners, and burn her at sea.
? 1869—The Navy’s first surgeon-general William M. Wood is appointed, and serves until Oct. 25, 1871.
? 1914—Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is assassinated at Sarajevo, Bosnia. This act eventually leads to World War I.
? 1919—The Versailles Peace Treaty is signed, which ends World War I.
? 1943—USS Peto (SS 265) and USS Tunny (SS 282) sink Japanese hydrographic-meteorological research ship Tenkai No. 2 northeast of Mussau Island and a gunboat Shotoku Maru off the west coast of Rota, Mariana Islands.
Tjossem (28 Jun 2016 12:11pm EDT) : Check this out!
- Tjossem (28 Jun 2016 12:00pm EDT) : July LOG arrived in Longbranch, WA with yesterday's mail. Thanks again Richard and contributors!
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Jun 2016 11:22am EDT) : Still nothing from Sacramento on USCG Aviation pictorial, sent twice. Only one missing from the set. I guess another lost cause. Anyone get NY Fleet Week pictorials back yet?
John Young (28 Jun 2016 5:57am EDT) : July LOG arrived in lower Hudson Valley with yesterday's mail.
Guess I have to start on August column
- Rich Hoffner (28 Jun 2016 12:39am EDT) : guest_7088. The uncancelled envelopes have little or no value. Perhaps save them for a commissioning anniversary date and have them hand cancelled at Vallejo or Mare Island CA post office. Hard to say about the medallion. Many ships, subs and bases had medallions forged and used as gifts to VIP, retirees, promotions, re-enlistments and sought after by collectors. Back in the era when Mare Island built subs, the base probably had them made in the yard or on a tender. They would usually be attached to a wood plaque, sometimes with a name plate of who it was presented to. Perhaps you could go to the USCS Facebook page and upload it to our Facebook page. so we can all see it.
- Rich Hoffner (28 Jun 2016 12:31am EDT) : Just noticed my 100th Anniversary USCG Aviation pictorials to Corpus Christi TX never returned. Letter out to Postmaster to look around for them.
- Rich Hoffner (28 Jun 2016 12:27am EDT) : First Class July Log arrived in the Indian Valley of SE PA today. Speedy Delivery!
- guest_7088 (27 Jun 2016 10:33pm EDT) : I have two Mariano G Vallejo covers with no postmarks. Also a large bronze medallion (diameter about 5 inches) for Mare Island naval Shipyard. I would love to know more history about them as I grew up in Vallejo and my father worked on submarines there.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Jun 2016 5:07pm EDT) : July Log arrived in Pittsburgh, home to the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
- esink (27 Jun 2016 3:25pm EDT) : Hard copy (periodical rate) July LOG received in central (Harrisburg area) PA today...Great issue as usual!
- lbbrennan (27 Jun 2016 12:11pm EDT) : BMCM sounds like fun. Glad you found records of your ancestors. Ireland has similar problems with Church only records pre-1865 I will send you (or have sent) an article about WTC Tomich and USS Utah. Captain Lunney, who sued the USN to get the Medal of Honor presented to his survivors a decade ago, had to go to Croatia to get the records from the Franciscans who had the clan records of baptisms and deaths. It is an interesting story and an account of great heroism by Chief Tomich.
- Dan Goodwin (24 Jun 2016 3:11pm EDT) : Welcome home chief
BMCM JONES 3933 (24 Jun 2016 2:49pm EDT) : Just got home from Baltic cruise and 5 days in Sweden tracing wife's family in Swedish archives. Great success--Sweden relies on churches to maintain record all details for centuries. Most until after 1910 have been digitized. Even found an address in Karlstad where grandfather lived. Building is now
gone for new high rise housing.
Hundreds of emails to read and act on this weekend.
- lbbrennan (24 Jun 2016 12:07pm EDT) : Thanks Thad. Rich, let's chat and see if we can coordinate an attack plan. I know i got some the past few federal elections, even USCG ships. Might be a fun project. see you the first tuesday in July. Only 100+ days to go.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 Jun 2016 8:27pm EDT) : The Postal Bulletin from June 9, 2016 has a section on how ballots from APO/FPO's should be received and handled by the post office.
- Rich Hoffner (23 Jun 2016 6:07pm EDT) : Sorry about the double entry of the word election. Then again, perhaps a Freudian slip? Well, some cities have a motto, Vote twice and often.
- Rich Hoffner (23 Jun 2016 6:04pm EDT) : Larry, how does one determine what ships have "election election postmarks every four years". As far as I know that was a one time program instituted by DOD and MPSA after many states rejected a large majority of military absentee ballots because they were not postmarked. For those that still exist, they are probably hidden in a desk drawer or the pursers safe and no longer have current daters.
- Rich Hoffner (23 Jun 2016 5:58pm EDT) : Replacement covers I sent to Clearwater FL returned today. Dismal is the best way to describe the cancels. D minus if graded.
- Rich Hoffner (23 Jun 2016 2:47pm EDT) : A pictorial cancel has been submitted to the USPS Bremerton District for the Deactivation of the USS HOUSTON SSN-713. Pictorial is in the shape of the state of Texas. Date of the event is 26 August 2016. Cancel will be for Bremerton WA 98337. I would wait a couple of weeks to send your, because if you send now, who knows what you will get.
Rich Hoffner (23 Jun 2016 2:40pm EDT) : A collector from Odessa, Ukraine contacted me and wanted to swap naval items he has in exchange for U S Naval event covers. He did not have anything I collect so I declined his offer of swapping. He did say it was OK to put his information here so that if anyone is interested, they could contact him. He said he was an ex-Master.
mob +380 67 4848190
SKYPE -- alexmil_home
- lbbrennan (23 Jun 2016 1:38pm EDT) : I am thinking of trying again this election year to get cancels from ships that only have election postmarks every four years. Otherwise, i rarely mail to ships but should do more to get the ships' covers when they are commissioned and decommissioned.
- Dan Goodwin (23 Jun 2016 9:02am EDT) : I stopped sending a few years ago due to the cost and poor returns. Now I only consider covers postmarked on December 25 and most of the old ones for sale are a little out of my price range. I still enjoy the thrill of getting a new addition to my collection but I have turned back to my stamp collecting for relaxation and more enjoyment. You might say I am now a passive cover collector. I love to look but rarely buy.
- PHIL SCHREIBER (22 Jun 2016 4:15pm EDT) : THAD: I SEND LESS OFTEN TO US SHIPS BECAUSE OF THE LOUSY RETURNS. MOST OF THE ADDITIONS TO MY COLLECTION ARE FROM USCS SALES CIRCUITS.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (22 Jun 2016 11:50am EDT) : Rich... Like you, I have been a generalist Naval collector from the perspective if it would float I would try and get a cover from it. As a result I have thousands and thousands and thousands of Naval, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine covers. I remember starting in 1965 in my dorm room in college first hearing from a fellow down the hall that collected postal markings from Navy ships. I took the bait and here I am 52 years later somewhat disappointed in where it ended me. I did have 52 years of fun times though. My returns are in the 5-10 percent range for surface ships and a 1 percent for submarines, a far cry from 50 years ago when the percentages were reversed. Coast Guard cutters are even worse.
- esink (21 Jun 2016 3:48pm EDT) : Rich: Informative and interesting posting on "DOD instructions for handling requests for postmarks". Thanks.
- Mike Brock (21 Jun 2016 3:11pm EDT) : Checking in.
Rich Hoffner (20 Jun 2016 3:16pm EDT) : Phil. You will be getting another knock on your door.
Did you have covers in Russia for the launching/float out of the worlds largest icebreaker (ARKTIKA) from Baltic Shipyard last week?
- Rich Hoffner (20 Jun 2016 3:12pm EDT) : I spent about a week culling hundreds of cancels into my general ship postmark Locy type collection. The lot was donated to me by a chapter member George Marcincin. The whole time wondering how such a large lot of cancels on filler cards was put together and ended up being sold as a large lot. Then it struck me like a lightening bolt. Someones prized cancel collection was taken apart by a dealer and all these cancels on paper and cards were deemed not worthy to go into their stock. Not only are we loosing members in this society but we are also seeing the demise of collectors who collect one of every cancel used by a ship. I had a hard time trying to put together a list of collectors like me, and did not get past five that I know. Perhaps we need to survey our membership as to what they collect.
- Rich Hoffner (20 Jun 2016 3:03pm EDT) : Thad. My last cover from PORTER was March 20, 1999. Long time no hear! Guess they went green and recycle all paper.
- Rich Hoffner (20 Jun 2016 3:00pm EDT) : My DC#4 Chapter covers for City of Corpus Christi Deactivation came in today. I sent 70 stamped envelopes. Sixty-nine returned and one with a cachet on it made 70. Did someone send cacheted covers for Honolulu post office to use as replacements? If someone did, that was a nice thing to do. Cover is printed with the subs crest, and two lines in red Inactivation Station / Pearl Harbor 05.30.2016
Rich Hoffner (20 Jun 2016 2:54pm EDT) : This is an interesting section of the DOD instructions for handling requests for postmarks. This is clipped and pasted and not my spelling of the word Defense.
Dept. of Defence Postal Manual
C10.4.4.1. Philatelic services shall be accomplished within the resources of
the post office and may not be provided if they interfere with regular business.
Limit covers to private (personal) collectors. Covers falling within one or more of the following categories shall be returned to the sender with a letter of explanation.
These covers may not have a postmark or cachet applied:
• C10.4.4.1.1. Receipt of more than five covers from any one collector.
• C10.4.4.1.2. Covers received after the established deadline date.
• C10.4.4.1.3. Covers bearing insufficient or foreign postage.
• C10.4.4.1.4. Covers bearing international return address.
- Rich Hoffner (20 Jun 2016 2:52pm EDT) : Had to call Clearwater FL today asking what happened to the replacement covers I sent. My original sending was 10 covers for the USCG Aviation pictorial Out of 10, only 4 returned. Today's call was my third to them. The clerk who does them affirmed that mine are there and will be sent out today. She said she had been away for training.
- Lbbrennan (19 Jun 2016 7:43am EDT) : Happy. Fathets day
- Lbbrennan (18 Jun 2016 7:49am EDT) : Thad. Troubling but correct analysis besrt. larry
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Jun 2016 9:23pm EDT) : Sending covers to ships is a waste of time and money anymore. I started in 1965 while in college and I think I am going to quit. No future in it.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Jun 2016 9:21pm EDT) : Phil... let me know how you make out with the USS Porter. I have sent covers to her also about a month ago and nothing back yet. Have sent to her in the past with the same results.
- PHIL SCHREIBER (17 Jun 2016 4:05pm EDT) : News on internet induced me to send for covers from USCGC BERNARD WEBBER which unloaded $214 million in cocaine at CG base Miami. Also covers were sent for from USS PORTER deployed to Black Sea to meet the Russian threat,and to the Russian DDG ADM GRIGOROVICH also deployed to Black Sea to meet the American threat. Wish me luck.
- PHIL SCHREIBER (17 Jun 2016 4:01pm EDT) : INTERNET ITEMS INDUCED ME TO SEND FOR COVERS FROM USCGC BERNARD WEBBER WHICH UNLOADED $214 MILLION IN COCAINE AT MIAMI CG BASE. ALSO SENT FOR USS PORTER DEPLOYED TO BLACK SEA TO MEET RUSSIAN THREAT. ALSO WROTE TO RUSSIAN DDG "ADM.GRIGOROVICH" ALSO DEPLOYED TO BLACK SEA TO MEET THE AMERICAN THREAT. WISH ME LUCK!
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (16 Jun 2016 2:22pm EDT) : Nice cancelled covers back from Pearl Harbor Naval Base posted with a clear cancel May 30, 2016 for the deactivation of USS City of Corpus Christi SSN 705. Still no Coast Guard pictorial from Sacramento after multiple requests and I thought Honolulu was going to be the problem for the Coast Guard pictorial.
- lbbrennan (15 Jun 2016 12:08pm EDT) : Next year will be the 85th anniversary of the USCS. What is the plan to celebrate.
- Lbbrennan (14 Jun 2016 2:09pm EDT) : Happy flag day. Glorious weather Enjoy
lbbrennan (13 Jun 2016 6:22pm EDT) : $214 Million Worth of Cocaine Unloaded at Miami Beach Coast Guard Station
Monday, June 13, 2016 at 3:14 p.m.
By Kyle Munzenrieder
$214 Million Worth of Cocaine Unloaded at Miami Beach Coast Guard Station
Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard
The U.S. Coast Guard today unloaded $214 million worth of cocaine in Miami Beach. If you're not up on your street price-per-pound math, that's about eight tons of pure coke. That's the biggest haul of cocaine at the Miami Beach Coast Guard station in more than four years.
The drugs were collected from 11 interdictions of smuggling boats, along with an unrelated bale of cocaine picked up. They were made in April and May in Pacific waters off Central and South America. Cutter Bernard C. Webber unloaded the drugs at the Miami Beach station.
$214 Million Worth of Cocaine Unloaded at Miami Beach Coast Guard Station (2)
Coast Guard Unloads $17M of Cocaine on Miami Beach
Coast Guard Offloads Another $41 Million of Coke and Pot in Miami Beach
The departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security; Navy; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Drug Enforcement Agency; and Immigration and Customs and Enforcement were all involved in the interceptions. More than 12 people were turned over to the DOJ for questioning.
The drugs will eventually be destroyed.
To give you an idea of the sheer amount of cocaine unloaded today, most hauls at the Miami Beach station are worth less than $20 million.
Last November, $17 million was unloaded in Miami Beach. In September 2015,the Coast Guard brought in $11.8 million worth of cocaine and marijuana. A $13.7 million haul was taken to shore last June.
The most recent case to crack the nine-figure mark was a $110 million haul brought to the station in April 2014.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (13 Jun 2016 4:29pm EDT) : Still nothing from Sacramento for the Coast Guard aviation pictorial after sending twice.
- lbbrennan (13 Jun 2016 1:30pm EDT) : Tom Kean, You have the lead. Is there any info regarding the ship that sent the cover.
Rich Hoffner (12 Jun 2016 5:23pm EDT) : If you were trying to get into eBay and look up patchesnaval, I found out that it can take a long trail to get there. Try this:
Rich Hoffner (11 Jun 2016 10:06pm EDT) : I have listed a batch of t-2 and t-9 cancels on cards (most IBM or Univac cards) most early 1960's. Proceeds to USCS. Seller is patchesnaval
Take a look.
- Steve Shay (11 Jun 2016 3:26pm EDT) : Tom, Battleship Oregon Chapter 22
- Tom Kean [Member] (11 Jun 2016 1:36pm EDT) : Hi - I have a cover with a cachet (c1945) that has a partially illegible attribution to a USCS chapter. It reads BATTLESHIP [maybe 6 letters] CHAPTER NO [2 numbers with the first one possibly being a 2] - U.S.C.S.. I haven't come up with anything yet that helps me identify that chapter fully. Do you have any ideas of resources to point me towards to find out, or possibly even know which chapter this may have been? Many thanks and have a great weekend. Tom
- esink (10 Jun 2016 12:54pm EDT) : Nice cover received from USS BATAAN with ship cachet and new style cancel (FPO) dtd MAY 28, 2016 during Fleet Week New York..no other special markings for event.
- lbbrennan (09 Jun 2016 5:14pm EDT) : quiet day here
- lbbrennan (09 Jun 2016 5:13pm EDT) : Interesting tracking of the mailed LOG. I usually read the email LOG and barely look at the printed one even though it is better quality and color.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (05 Jun 2016 11:36am EDT) : Thanks Rich. I sent to the address in the Postal Bulletin, they had the 30 day extension. Hope it arrives. thanks again.
- esink (05 Jun 2016 12:12am EDT) : Rich, My periodical class Log got the same cancel treatment for both months.
- Rich Hoffner (04 Jun 2016 8:52pm EDT) : Thad. Let me know if you need an email address for Sacramento.
- Rich Hoffner (04 Jun 2016 8:51pm EDT) : Interesting to note on mailing of the USCS Log. First Class and Periodical class Logs arrived the same day this month. The Periodical class (not in an envelope and with no postage attached, somehow this month and last month arrived with a large "Flat" cancel, usually used by a USPS First Class flat sorter. In recent months, my First Class Logs that had postage stamps on, did not get postmarked.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (04 Jun 2016 6:18pm EDT) : Still nothing back from Sacramento for the USCG Aviation pictorial.. need this to complete set.
- Rich Hoffner (04 Jun 2016 5:20pm EDT) : Numerous programs have been uploaded to eBay, with proceeds going to the USCS. Seller: patchesnaval
- Mike Meister (02 Jun 2016 8:34pm EDT) : Bad day for the Blue Angels. Accident in Tenn claimed the pilot during a practice.
BMCM JONES 3933 (02 Jun 2016 3:32pm EDT) : Several members reported not getting the June eLOG.
I have resent to all on that list just to be sure.
Will be gone for 3 weeks--BUT−-−
keep writing articles and emailing them while I am gone.
July issue is at the printers.
August issue is 50% complete and I have a good start on September issue.
- Rich Hoffner (02 Jun 2016 2:55pm EDT) : What draws us to the NJ chapter meetings, well, great host, new cover circuits provided by Stew and those fresh baked brownies (I notice that there are never any brownies left at the end of the meeting).
- Rich Hoffner (02 Jun 2016 2:52pm EDT) : Looking forward to next NJ Chapter meeting next Tuesday evening. We are booking seats here for DC members who want to go via the Marcincin Uber transportation service.
- Rich Hoffner (02 Jun 2016 2:43pm EDT) : On ASL (Arctic Sub Lab). I am not sure who out there in San Diego is now handling this collector project for ASL. In the past, a USCS member Bob Bissonnette was involved, both while still on active duty and for several years after he retired (he was part of the crew that deployed to the Ice Camps). He is no longer involved. But, sending covers directly to the subs may or may not work. They depart for the Ice several weeks before surfacing. One from Groton and one from San Diego or from Pearl. Probably too late to get your covers aboard for a North Pole surfacing by the boat. Your best bet is to have covers n hand with the ASL, and keep your fingers crossed that they will be serviced by the ASL, one on each boat. Also remember that these ICEX projects now only take part every two years.
- Rich Hoffner (02 Jun 2016 2:37pm EDT) : We do have a volunteer who is compiling new ship postmarks. He publishes the results in the Log and in the Naval Cover Museum. Anyone getting a new postmark, or discovering a ship postmark that is not in the USCS Postmark Catalog should forward scans to Greg C.
- Lbbrennan (01 Jun 2016 11:05pm EDT) : Good points Rich. The postmark and Cachetmakers catalogs need to be indexed and updated in electronic form. Essential to our hobby to update tgese 20 year old books.
- Rich Hoffner (01 Jun 2016 1:07pm EDT) : Some thoughts on the 3000 + covers I just mentioned. You may ask, who would put such a collection together? Well, remember the name of our society? The Universal Ship CANCELLATION Society. Yep, there was a time that nearly 90% of our collectors were on a quest to get every ships cancel out here. And there were many who shared their information with the postmark catalog editors for many years. After the last edition of the Postmark Catalog was published postmark collectors have fallen by the wayside. I wonder of we will see another edition of the postmark catalog? One clearing house is the Naval Cover Museum, but this is not a USCS function, although it is supported by USCS volunteers. Gleaning all I could as I sorted these cards, it came to mind that whoevers collection this was, was an ardent collector of all types of cancels, and his or her letting go of the collection, means one less person interested in the fun of collecting postmarks from ships.
- Rich Hoffner (01 Jun 2016 12:59pm EDT) : Speaking of postmarks, a chapter member gave me approx. 3,000 cancels on filler cards and scraps of paper, etc. Not your high priced sought after rare R4 stuff, but run of the mill cancels that are really sleepers. I say this because being a collector since the early 1960's many mail clerks would not put their all purpose cancels on a cover, thus many are scarcer then you might think. But if asked, many would give a strike on a filler card or index card and even IBM punch cards. If you are a ferret for trying to get every cancel used aboard every ship, you would get a thrill going through these cards. I will probably add more then three hundred type 9 cancels to my collection. Two days to sort the cards into alphabetical order, now to check each card against my collection. This may take a week. Am I in heaven or what?
- Rich Hoffner (01 Jun 2016 12:51pm EDT) : Saw a note on getting current postmarks. I hold off sending until I see someone has been successful in getting a ships cancels back. Too many losses to send to all ships, as some just don't cancel for collectors. Loss rates are high. But, don't fret. There are thousands of cancels you don't have sitting in dealers boxes. Lets not forget, ships started cancelling mail in 1908. And some of the most challenging years to collect are the early to mid 1920's.
- Rich Hoffner (01 Jun 2016 11:43am EDT) : Joshua McG. Fleet Week Ft. Lauderdale sumitted to USPS by me with approval of Broward Navy Days. Designed by USCS member Wolfgang Hechler who has done some great work on these pictorials for the USCS. More and more of the pictorials are uphill battles.
John Young (29 May 2016 7:25am EDT) : Ahoy Mates~
New York 2016 is big! Lots of exhibits
but only saw three naval covers in one exhibit. Some great exhibits and got to
see Hal Vogel's 1837 Wilkes Exhibit for the second time.
Stop by the USCS/ ASPP/ MPHS table #1280 and there was enough people,
as Nathan Hale Chapter had a senior trip to New York City and dropped a couple of navo-philatelists off at the
I'll return to show and will man the
table Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
- Mike Meister (28 May 2016 3:38pm EDT) : June paper Log arrived today
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 May 2016 5:35pm EDT) : CG Aviation pictorial arrived today from Honolulu, nicely done and arrived under post office cover. Only need Sacramento now to complete.
BMCM JONES 3933 (27 May 2016 3:01pm EDT) : DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Carrier Strike Group deploys to 6th Fleet 1 June 2016
USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) Deployed 1 June 2016
USS SAN JACINTO (CG 56)
USS MONTEREY (CG 61)
USS STOUT (DDG 55)
USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80)
USS MASON (DDG 87)
USS NITZE (DDG 94)
Thad W. Kaczkowski (26 May 2016 9:10pm EDT) : Still waiting for my CG Aviation covers from Sacramento and Hawaii...
Neal Mills .... Nothing back yet from USS Emory S. Land.
Joshua McGee (26 May 2016 7:43pm EDT) : Got Honolulu back today. My set is now complete:
lbbrennan (25 May 2016 5:37pm EDT) : concerning the PI guerrilla stamps on fb
Involving Delivery of Supplies to, and Personnel to and from,
The Philippine Islands by SUBMARINES
Period covered: Approximately 1 February 1943 to 23 January 1945.
Total No. of Missions 41
No. of Submarines Taking Part 19
Bowfin 1 Gar 2
Narwhal 9 Blackfin 1
Angler 1 Gunnel 1
Crevalle 1 Hake 1
Harder 1 Ray 1
Redfin 2 Gudgeon 2
Nautilus 6 Grayling 1
Seawolf 2 Tambor 1
Stingray 5 Trout 2
Missions involving apparent attack by enemy 4
1 with complete success (Seawolf)
3 without damage to our subs
Missions involving attacks upon enemy 5
3 with complete success
2 without success
Missions -- unsuccessful -- partially only 3
1 all personnel and 60% cargo delivered
1 all personnel and virtually all cargo delivered
1 missions as modified, accomplished. No supplies delivered. Returned to Australia.
Mission -- unsuccessfully completed (Sub lost or presumed lost) 1
Missions involving delivery of important mail 4
This in addition to personnel and cargo delivery.
Missions involving pickup of important captures or secret documents of intelligence value 7
APPROXIMATE NO. OF PERSONS DELIVERED 331
APPROXIMATE NO. OF PERSONS EVACUATED 472
APPROXIMATE NO. OF TONS SUPPLIES DELIVERED 1325
In addition to above, personal gear, equipment, food, cigarettes, toilet articles, etc., belonging to officers and men of all submarines were freely given to Guerrilla land forces and natives.
- Bob (24 May 2016 5:41pm EDT) : Thanks Larry,, I looked all over & couldn't find any for sale or sold.. I'll hold on to it for now..Bob
- lbbrennan (24 May 2016 12:19pm EDT) : Parade of ships is schedule to being at 1000 in New York harbor.
lbbrennan (24 May 2016 12:19pm EDT) : Bob, I think it has value but the actual value is a question I cannot answer. Perhaps you may want to contact our sales circuit manager, Stewart Milstein, who is knowledgeable about naval covers and the market.
- Bob (24 May 2016 8:12am EDT) : Thanks for your help on my USS Texas Ship's Log PC.. 6/3/14 Is this something of value? or should I just include it in a lot of PCs I will sell, Thanks Bob
- esink (23 May 2016 12:56pm EDT) : Superb FREE franks received today from squadrons VAQ 140 and VFA-83 both on USS HARRY S. TRUMAN CVN 75 with handwritten corner cards, no cachets (but squadron decal and embossed seal for VAQ-140) and clear new type cancels dtd MAY 5, and MAY 14, 2016 respectively.
lbbrennan (23 May 2016 12:49pm EDT) : Fleet Week New York Details
USS Bataan (LHD 5), Pier 88 South Manhattan
Please note there will be no tours of the USS Bataan on Sunday, May 29.
Pier 92 Manhattan
USS Ft. McHenry & USS Shamal
Homeport Pier, Staten Island, Edgwater St, Stapleton
USS Farragut, DDG 99, USS Bainbridge DDG96, USCGC Foward WMEC 911
Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
- john macco (22 May 2016 4:52pm EDT) : Can anybody provide to me any place that will accept my USCS Logs and the contact information? I know others have donated their Logs to VA. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joshua McGee (21 May 2016 12:48am EDT) : My USS Bataan (Broward Navy Days) submissions came back today: http://collectpostmarks.com/cover/uss-bataan
Rich, you arranged for this one, right?
- BMCM JONES 3933 (20 May 2016 11:33am EDT) : Adm. Michelle Howard picked to lead U.S. Navy forces in Europe
- lbbrennan (20 May 2016 7:47am EDT) : Thanks Joshua and Elgin for the information. We need to work together to get current covers and postmarks. Greatly appreciated. Larry
- Joshua McGee (19 May 2016 10:16pm EDT) : As a side note, if anyone has not yet sent for USCG Aviation Sacramento or Fleet Week Port Everglades, the postmark dimensions are 76mm × 37mm and 71mm × 39mm, respectively.
Joshua McGee (19 May 2016 6:00pm EDT) : CGAS Sacramento came back today. I sent eight, and they're the best of the bunch so far. Only Honolulu has yet to return.
Same link: http://collectpostmarks.com/cover/uscg-aviation
- esink (19 May 2016 5:50pm EDT) : Superb FREE frank received today from USS GONZALES DDG-66 with corner card, nicely applied ship cachet and clear new type cancel dtd APR 20, 2016.
- lbbrennan (19 May 2016 3:45pm EDT) : Gator did a great job, as usual. Thanks Glen. Best, Larry
lbbrennan (19 May 2016 3:45pm EDT) : READ MY ARITCLE
“USS INDIANAPOLIS (CA 35) The Last U.S. Navy Ship Sunk During World War II – Built In New Jersey – Part I” Pages 83-103 http://www.njpostalhistory.org/media/journal/202may16njph.pdf
BEFORE YOU SEE THE MOVIE …
“USS INDIANAPOLIS: Men Courage”
If you prefer, I will be happy to send you a copy. Please send your email address, fax, or mailing address to me: LBrennan@rubinfiorella.com
- Joshua McGee (18 May 2016 2:34pm EDT) : This shows the difference in servicing quality I experienced from the six stations: http://collectpostmarks.com/cover/uscg-aviation
- Joshua McGee (18 May 2016 2:14pm EDT) : Hey Rich and Thad. I've been lurking here. I've also gotten everything back, except for Hawaii and Sacramento — the other six have come back, serviced with inconsistent quality.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (18 May 2016 1:13pm EDT) : Rich -Sent two covers to Clearwater FL for the 100th Anniversary CG Aviation and one was trash and the other okay. Corpus Christi also the same, one good one bad. The rest came back just fine except nothing from Hawaii or Sacramento yet.
- Rich Hoffner (18 May 2016 12:31pm EDT) : 10 covers sent to Clearwater FL for the 100th Anniversary Coast Guard Aviation. Included a SASE. Only four returned, six are MIA. Three good cancels out of the four that returned. They were not cacheted yet (unadressed), so perhaps someone there has my missing six covers? A call to the post office was made yesterday and the only employee there was not sure who did the cancelling and said someone would call back after lunch. Still waiting for the call.
Glenn Smith (18 May 2016 5:49am EDT) : Bob:
Lobos Island is off Mexico at latitude 27.5N and longitude 110.5W. It was the rendezvous point for ships involved in the Veracruz campaign. At least one other documented visit was by USS Tacoma also in 1914.
lbrennan (17 May 2016 3:15pm EDT) : Bob, Glenn Smith is our navigator and most knowledgeable of ports.
John Young (16 May 2016 7:01pm EDT) : Ahoy Bob,
In the old days, before WW One each ship with a print shop would print
part of the ship's log onto postcards,
especially if they were away from their
The cards would be sent home to the
sailor's relative or girl friends
You don't get to see many, and I just
checked my Vera Cruz collection and
I have photo post card with a partial
cancel, dated 13 JUN 1914
The photo depicts 5 sailors & a marine
standing in front a monument in Vera Cruz, Mexico
Sailor (AVB) wrote to Miss Doris Bentley
Newburgh, NY that they were on Lobos Island Mexico
He wrote in Spanish & I forgot most
of my high school Spanish
- bob (15 May 2016 7:48pm EDT) : Have a USS Texas Lone Star Log postcard from Lobos Island June 7 to June 13 1914 Ship cancel Lobos Island .. Can't find any info on this. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks, Bob
- lbbrennan (13 May 2016 12:43pm EDT) : Fellow Naval Cover collectors and anyone who may be able to HELP. Please help me find covers for USS INDIANAPOLIS (CA 35) article that I am completing for New Jersey Postal HIstory. I am particularly interested in World War II era mail from and to INDIANAPOLIS. i have a few covers and access to the Naval Cover Museum. I suspect that there are a lot of Sailors' Mail and Offical Mail (normally Size 10 penalty envelopes, perhaps with Locy Type 2z and 3z postmarks and occassional Type 9s on registered mail). Any help would be greatly appreciated. JPG scans would be best. My email is email@example.com Thanks, Larry
John Young (12 May 2016 3:30pm EDT) : Covers, covers, covers! One goes to a chapter meeting for covers, covers & more covers.
And good coffee!
- lbbrennan (12 May 2016 12:10pm EDT) : New Jersey Chapter and our Quaker contingent had a great May meeting last night (yes Wednesday) thanks to our gracious host and long time leader, Phil Schreiber. We had cookies, sweets, and drinks thanks to Jan and Georg Eyerman and Bruno and Phil kept the coffee for Master Chief Young. George M brought covers.Thanks also to Stewart Milstein for an overwhelming number of great covers from the USCS Sales circuit. If you chapter has not participated in the sales Circuit, strongly recommend that you contact Stewart and get on board. Our attendance has increased since New Jersey chapter has been the beneficiary of Stewart's kind efforts. Covers dominate our time and attention but not to the exclusion of other things. Great to see Stewart after his return from Arizona; he looks trim and fit nearly in fighting condition. Hope that we see many visitors at the New York show later in May. At one time the USCS was going to participate but that did not come about. Some of our members from NY, NJ, CT, and PA will help man booths for the USCS and related organizations. I hope to stop by a few times on my way to Penn Station. The Number 7 train now runs close to Javits Center so it won't be a hike. See you there.
BMCM JONES 3933 (11 May 2016 9:06pm EDT) : Thad
Received your NP scans.
Thank you. I will get it in July LOG.
June Log is at printer now.
lbbrennan (11 May 2016 2:31pm EDT) : Acknowledged, Dave.
Sorry about compliance with New York law. That seems burdensome. But every state has similar issues. That is why I strongly objected to the "doing business" in various states. Wait until California decides it is going to look for taxes for all the USCS income since the USCS had a "doing business" certificate in California and in fact transacted business there for years. Hope all the paperwork is current for the corporation and the IRS nfp status.
Thanks much John. I thought I remembered and today I confirmed the Postmark Catalog has a note but not the detail you have provided. I am finishing the first of two Indianapolis articles for New Jersey Postal History. The first of two movies about the loss of the ship is scheduled to be released soon.
John Young (11 May 2016 12:14pm EDT) : Larry: FDPS aboard INDIANAPOLIS was never a secret, as P.J. Ickeringill with three others wrote article (check list) that appeared in August 31,1933 USCS
Looks like 9 DEC 1932 was FDPS
John Young (11 May 2016 12:06pm EDT) : The embossed seal with signature of ASL ice pilot, Kevin M. Searls is from USS
HAMPTON. managed to read particular of numbers 67 & first letter of ship's name H on bottom of seal imprint.
took filler and used pencil to dark area
Tonight is Jersey Chapter meeting at
Phil Schreiber's apartment in Highland Park NJ Time: 7:30 PM
- Dave Kent (10 May 2016 10:07pm EDT) : While I'm here: we need help staffing our booth at the big stamp show in New York, May 28 to June 4. It seems like an ideal place to recruit new members. Because of the complications in shipping books to the show (to say nothing of New York State's insistence that we collect sales tax from each buyer), we won't have anything for sale, but we will hand out membership applications, and will accept them with the promise that we will forward them to the secretary. There is no admission fee to the show, and you don't need a badge to help at the table. If you can help, please contact me: kentdave (at) aol.com.
- Dave Kent (10 May 2016 10:03pm EDT) : Larry: RE: USS INDIANAPOLIS. Catalog states "Postmarks were received Dec. 7, 1932. FDC covers are backdated." This sort of thing happened a number of times over the years. Not worth making a FFF sheet for, but we do try to mention each one in the Catalog.
lbbrennan (10 May 2016 6:50pm EDT) : Wow Elgin. Looks good at 50%.
Help, please. Not near my USCS Postmark catalog and nothing in the FFF series on line.
Is the FDC for USS Indianapolis (CA 35), 15 November 1932 backdated? I have a remote suspicion and finishing part I of an article re USS Indianapolis. Nice cover with autograph by the NMC and a rubber stamp of the CO's signature. One of my earlier cover purchases.
- esink (10 May 2016 1:01pm EDT) : Two covers received from USS HAMPTON to which I had sent directly as explained in my 07 May posting...nothing special; no corner card, cachet, or pertinent markings, just a "Santa Approved" undated red cancel and sprayed over 07 MAY 2016 from Hartford CT. Sub decals were inside each envelope and an old USCS membership card sponsored by Ray Costa #3072 when Howard Neill from Glenside PA was the secretary.
- Neal Mills (09 May 2016 7:34pm EDT) : Thad, Looks like we're getting a 50% success rate :-(. I'm sending the covers back out in the morning and will see what happens. It took 2 weeks for the package to be returned to me.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 May 2016 6:46pm EDT) : Neal - That's what happened to me with the USS Emory S. Land. Your earlier covers were serviced and mine were returned "undeliverable". I resent after you said your covers were serviced and I haven't received anything from the ship.
- Neal Mills (09 May 2016 6:20pm EDT) : Guess its hit or miss getting covers to USS Emory S. Land. Sent covers for the Submarine Force Birthday and they got to the ship and back to me. Using the same address, I sent covers to Land for Memorial Day and the envelope was returned today as undeliverable.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 May 2016 9:44am EDT) : I noticed the three ICEX 2016 covers are posted on the German blog... Search ..US Navy - Schiffspost der blog mit informationen fur sammler von schiffspost US Navy
- esink (07 May 2016 4:08pm EDT) : The first I heard of the two subs at the polar area for ICEX 2016, I sent covers directly to them. Does anybody know if I can expect successful returns or might the covers just be returned at the return from the mission?
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (07 May 2016 9:55am EDT) : Richard - I sent copies of the ICEX 2016 covers from USS Hartford SSN 768 as you requested. There are three different covers, not two as I originally thought. You should get them in the upcoming days.
BMCM JONES 3933 (06 May 2016 12:16pm EDT) : The Navy will christen its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, USS Manchester (LCS 14), during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony Saturday, May 7 in Mobile, Alabama.
Manchester, designated LCS 14, honors the city of Manchester, New Hampshire.
- lbbrennan (05 May 2016 6:59pm EDT) : Glenn, Great cover. the precise site was not theologically necessary? Do you know the name of the RC Chaplain. Perhaps he served in WW II. Let's chat off line. I have the DIrectory for that time so I may be able to get his name. Never know if he was a young chaplain or an old Captain. We have two of our favorite topics, your handwritten covers and chaplains. Happy Cinco de Mayo.
- lbbrennan (04 May 2016 6:47pm EDT) : Help Please. I am completing the first part of an article about USS Indianapolis and editor of the NH Postal History Journal asked for a cover from her last cruise. I would settle for any 1945 postmark from Indianapolis, June or July would be ideal. I suspect mail was off loaded at Guan or Sapian around 28 July 1945 and earlier and previously at Pearl Harbor. I have not seen a post 1943 postmark even on the NMC. A jpg scan would be great please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks and best, Larry
- guest_8168 (04 May 2016 5:13pm EDT) : Any you guys in Navy l963 or l964 when there was a dry dock fire at Norfork Naval Ship Yard on USS Arneb AKA 56?
Neal Mills (04 May 2016 1:41pm EDT) : esink,
Never mind. I didn't read John Young's comment before I sent mine.
- Neal Mills (04 May 2016 1:40pm EDT) : esink, do you still have the address for the lab?
- esink (03 May 2016 10:47pm EDT) : Forgot to state that posting was for Thad...
- esink (03 May 2016 6:59pm EDT) : I sent a bunch of covers like you did to the Arctic Research Lab for the ICEX Projects (I believe) and was instructed to use forever stamps then because of not knowing what future postage rates would be...I have not received any of these covers that John reported yet, so either mine are yet to be returned or I did not have enough with them.
John Young (03 May 2016 5:36pm EDT) : Ahoy Thad,
The last address: Officer In Charge,
140 Sylvester Road, San Diego CA
Two covers arrived yesterday
#1 OSC/ USS HARTFORD (SSN 768)
penned North Pole 30 MAR 2016
Ryan Hooper ASC - Ice Pilot
pmk 20 APR 2016 Groton CT
#2 embossed seal penned North Pole
10 MAR 2016 sign Kevin M. Searls ASL with North Pole express mail Santa
Sleigh cancel on Reagan stamp plus
additional Purple Heart stamp pmked
29 APR 2016 Groton CT
Embossed seal unreadable but suspect it might be USS HAMPTON (SSN
- Neal Mills (03 May 2016 4:09pm EDT) : Thad, thank you for the response. Hopefully someone will remember the address.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (03 May 2016 2:44pm EDT) : Will do...Chief
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (03 May 2016 2:41pm EDT) : Neal... I sent 20 or so covers years ago to the Arctic Lab in San Diego as directed by someone in the USCS I believe. They keep coming every year. I lost the address so when they are done they will be done. These have the ships seal and some have the ships cachet and all are signed and annotated. There is either a Groton postmark or a North Pole Santa Sleigh postmark on the covers. Maybe someone hear knows the address...
BMCM JONES 3933 (03 May 2016 2:16pm EDT) : The U.S. Navy will join allied and partner nation forces for the 11th Pacific Partnership mission, scheduled to begin May 11.
This annual maritime operation will help improve disaster response preparedness while enhancing partnerships with participating nations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. This year's mission will be led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23, embarked on the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), and will include more than 600 military and civilian personnel from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore, Republic of Korea and Japan.
Indonesia, Timor Leste, Malaysia, the Republic of the Philippines, and Vietnam are all scheduled to host this year's Pacific Partnership mission. Japan will also lead a mission to Palau.
BMCM JONES 3933 (03 May 2016 2:12pm EDT) : Thad
Please send copies of Hartford NP covers for the LOG/
- Neal Mills (03 May 2016 1:13pm EDT) : Thad, did you send the request for ICEX covers to the boats or to the Arctic lab? Did you send the request before the boats left port or after the ICEX announcement was made? Trying to mine you or info so that I may be able to get covers next year. Thanks.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (03 May 2016 1:03pm EDT) : Good day today... North Pole - ICEX 2016 covers from USS Hartford SSN (4 - covers - 2 different), USS Anzio CG 68 - Combo ship name and unit number in cancel and USS San Francisco SSN 711 anniversary pictorial from Norfolk. No Log yet in Pittsburgh.
BMCM JONES 3933 (03 May 2016 12:56pm EDT) : CGC WPC 1117 Commissioning
FRC DONALD HORSLEY COMMISSIONING
Fast Response Cutter Donald Horsley will be commissioned in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A tentative date of Friday, May 20, 2016 has been set. The cutter is named after the late Master Chief Petty Officer Donald Horsley. Master Chief Horsley served over forty-four years of active duty was both a World War II and Vietnam Veteran. Many of our Association Vietnam Veterans served with Horsley and have expressed an interest in attending. Please check the website for information as it becomes available. If you are considering attending, please contact me at: email@example.com. I will make sure you are added to the invitation list.
- Dan Goodwin (03 May 2016 8:43am EDT) : I have placed copies of our Log in the local Library and touted the USCS at philatelic events including stamp club meetings. I even leave copies that I have read at doctor and dentist offices when I have appointments. Apparently none of these things are working. Most people I talk to really don't care.
- Rich Hoffner (02 May 2016 6:02pm EDT) : On recruiting. I challenge anyone who has answers to our efforts in recruiting and retention to please step forward and volunteer to chair a committee or at least form a committee. I recruit, and I know several others who go out of their way to bring in new members. But, I constantly hear we need to do something. I am sure the board would agree with me, give us a plan. Over the past fifteen or twenty years we have tried several avenues and nothing has worked. Do we beat a dead horse and start over and do the same things we already did? We can throw money at it, but what would that accomplish? APS is lamenting loosing over 700 members in the past year. Will they come up with an answer to this question of recruiting and retention? They have been addressing this problem for more then five years that I can recall and I don't see them having a plan in place yet.
- Rich Hoffner (02 May 2016 5:53pm EDT) : San Diego post office returned the chapter's USS GARY FFG-51 Decommissioning pictorial cancel of 8-5-15. All perfectly applied in a deep black ink. Actually, it had been so long I didn't realize that hey were MIA.
- Rich Hoffner (02 May 2016 5:51pm EDT) : June Log arrived in the Indian Valley of SE PA today. Peggy's periodical class Log had a large "flat" cancellation across the back page. My First class arrived at the same time, but the stamps were not postmarked.
- esink (02 May 2016 3:26pm EDT) : Superb FREE frank received today from USS ANZIO CG-68 with corner card, nicely applied ship cachet and clear new type cancel dtd APR 12, 2016.
lbbrennan (01 May 2016 1:03pm EDT) : Happy Dewey Day. Hope the celebrate in Vermont and off set "Comrade Bernie" as President Obama called his fellow progressive democrat"
Log received electronically yesterday. No new members reported. I may be mistaken but that is a first in my memory for over 45 years of USCS membership. Sad commentary on recruiting and retention effort. There has to be a change of course. What isn't working won't start working.
John Young (01 May 2016 1:00pm EDT) : Happy Dewey Day! It was celebrated on
May 1st during the mid-1930s to off set
the worker's celebrating a Labor Day by
the Communists in America
Still have not figured out why Bones Crosby and others celebrated Dewey Day on April 26th
- Mike Meister (30 Apr 2016 5:24pm EDT) : May Log arrived in Columbus in today's mail.
- lbbrennan (30 Apr 2016 2:59pm EDT) : don't know about Saturday's mail but standing by for the May LOG. Good luck with the covers from Last August. Now we may understand why Karcher and Reeves had a point. Just easier to gun deck yourself. And they both liked ship's postmarks.
- esink (30 Apr 2016 12:55pm EDT) : MAY hardcopy Log received in central PA before eLOG; good reading material for weekend.
- Rich Hoffner (29 Apr 2016 10:12pm EDT) : Got a call from San Diego post office, asking if I sent in for replacement covers for the GARY LDC. No, they are the covers I sent last August. Employee was a little confused, does not know why they just appeared on his desk. Good news is, he still has the cancel and will get them back to me. USPS at work for YOU!
- lbbrennan (28 Apr 2016 3:38pm EDT) : I will try to go through my boxes and check DDs. Think I have some events but probably not ship postmarks. Timing depends on whether or not this trial settles. If it doesn't I may be MIA until the end of May. Need to finish the first half of my NJPHS article about USS Indianapolis. There is a movie that may be released soon but release date is moving. This is the 71st anniversary of the sinking at the end of July. Really a complex tragedy.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Apr 2016 10:45am EDT) : Neal ... Nope, nothing as of yesterday from Emory S. Land. Hope something comes back in the next few days. Last correspondence was the return of my covers as "not deliverable". Let you know if/when they come in. Hope I am as lucky as you were.
- Neal Mills (27 Apr 2016 12:14pm EDT) : Thad Kaczkowski -- Did you get serviced covers back from USS Emory S. Land? I got mine back yesterday. The ship did a nice job cancelling the covers but they were destroyed (bent & folded) in the return envelope. They were for Sub Force birthday on 11 April. Oh well, guess I have next year's cachet ready to go.
John Young (25 Apr 2016 4:50am EDT) : Boats: BENNETT a hard one, not even a
KL or Lau. in by tin can collection
Other FLETCHERS hard to get
CHEVALIER (*451), STRONG (*467), DE HAVEN (*469) HUDSON (475)PRINGLE (*477) STANLEY (478) & LEUTZE (481)
BMCM JONES 3933 (24 Apr 2016 9:53pm EDT) : USS Bennett DD -473
Does anybody have a cover from this ship?
None in the museum
- lbbrennan (22 Apr 2016 3:57pm EDT) : call the pd, feds, or USCG
- guest_423 (22 Apr 2016 3:39pm EDT) : I have unregistered boats and mischief, a little cooking of the meth on a house boat tied to the levee just above my property. How do I rid of them?
- lbbrennan (21 Apr 2016 6:22pm EDT) : quiet month.
lbbrennan (21 Apr 2016 6:21pm EDT) : From Admiral Nimitz' Gray Book about the first sighting of the survivors of USS Indianapolis
At about 1100/K yesterday a search plane from PELELIU sighted 30 surrl vors in the water at 11-30, 133-00, dropped a transmitter and emergency lifeboat. Later other survivors were seen in lifeboats. Dumbo planes were sent out with emergency equipnent, ships were diverted to the scene, and other ships were sent out from
ULITHI. By midnight several ships ~re at the scene, and reported that the survivors were from INDIANAPOLIS (CA 35), sunk on the night of the 29th. The SALAMAUA ASW Group made a sonar contact about 200 miles to the west. The contact was not
retained, but the search is continuing. Carriers and oilers are operating in the
vicinity of 25-00 136-45, to~, waiting for the weather to clear.
BMCM JONES 3933 (18 Apr 2016 3:20pm EDT) : Delaware (SSN 791) Keel Laying on April 30, 2016
On April 30, 2016, Ship's Sponsor Dr. Jill Biden will authenticate the keel of Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN 791) by chalking her initials onto a metal plate. During the ceremony, her initials will be welded onto a steel plate that will later be permanently affixed to the submarine. The event will be broadcast live online starting at 11:00 a.m. ET.
- Rich Hoffner (15 Apr 2016 7:02pm EDT) : Hear that NPN did their own cover for the Keel Laying of the DELAWARE, which included a pictorial postmark (their own) with no postage stamp. They have been doing this for several years. In the past, such covers had stamps and the cancels they used were given to the Newport News VA post office. Wonder how the wheels fell off this?
Rich Hoffner (15 Apr 2016 6:58pm EDT) : A pictorial cancel is in place for Fleet Week NY honoring the USS FT McHENRY at the Staten Island post office.
A similar postmark is in place at Ft. Lauderdale FL for Fleet Week / Broward Navy Days honoring the USS BATAAN.
- Rich Hoffner (15 Apr 2016 6:17pm EDT) : Seven have been reported in the PB for the 100th Anniversary of U S C G Aviation. The designs were done by Wolfgang Hechler. The USPS rep I spoke with states that she will use her address in Sacramento for the cancel from North Highlands CA and forward them to Kansas City for cancelling. We shall see how this works out.
- Rich Hoffner (15 Apr 2016 5:53pm EDT) : The USPS notified me officially yesterday thet the eighth pictorial will be approved for N. Highlands CA, home of CGAS Sacramento for 4-1-16. A tad late but welcome news. Wait for this to appear in the PB to get the correct address.
- Rich Hoffner (15 Apr 2016 5:51pm EDT) : The NY Stamp Show 2016 is an opportunity to add cachets for the ships taking part in Fleet Week NY. I'll be checking the list to see which USCG covers can be done with the show cancels.
BMCM JONES 3933 (14 Apr 2016 9:40pm EDT) : May LOG is at the printers.
I need the June and July columns shortly.
- Stewart B. Milstein (10 Apr 2016 10:45pm EDT) : Not many covers on hand as we prepare to head home to NY.
John Young (10 Apr 2016 11:13am EDT) : Sunday morning visit. Hope all is well & that we will finally see spring.
I see that Fleet Week will coincide with part of the first weekend of New York Stamp Show at Jarvits Center
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (07 Apr 2016 2:33pm EDT) : Excellent cover received from the USS Gonzalez DDG 66 (09570). It is the first I have seen with the Unit number, ship name and designation all in the same cancel. Excellent strike and cachet dated March 28, 2016. USS Gonzalez DDG 66 and FPO AE 09670 around the circular cancel and Unit 100308 Box1 and date all straight lined inside circle. Also received the first of the 100th Anniversary of Coast Guard Aviation pictorials from Buzzards Bay, Ma.. nicely done too.
BMCM JONES 3933 (04 Apr 2016 5:34pm EDT) : Fleet Week-New York City 2016
The festivities from May 25-31 will feature as many 4,500 sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as Royal Canadian sailors and Naval Academy midshipmen. Ship tours are available most days at the ships. Check for info on Fleet Week's official website. The parade of ships that kicks off the festivities is set for May 25.
The Navy and Marine participation, according to Fleet Week organizers:
• Amphibious assault ship Bataan, berthed at Pier 888 in Manhattan.
• 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, at Pier 888.
• Destroyers Farragut and Bainbridge, at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.
• Dock landing ship Fort McHenry, at USS The Sullivans Homeport Pier, Staten Island.
• Coastal patrol ship Shamal, USS The Sullivans Homeport Pier, Staten Island.
• Four Naval Academy yard patrol training boats.
• Seagoing buoy tender Juniper, at Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
• Medium endurance cutter Forward, at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.
Royal Canadian Navy ships:
• Destroyer Athabaskan, at Pier 92S in Manhattan.
• Coastal defense vessels Kingston and Moncton, at Pier 92S in Manhattan.
• Submarine Windsor, at Pier 92S in Manhattan.
John Young (04 Apr 2016 2:20am EDT) : Mid rats: Peanut Butter & cheese on whole wheat and glass cold milk
Hard copy April LOG arrived in Hudson Valley in Saturday's mail but a great read on Sunday morning.
Spent Saturday at girls lacrosse game
at Manhattan's Gallic Park
BMCM JONES 3933 (01 Apr 2016 10:00pm EDT) : An eLOG update for CG Pictorial cancels
has been sent to all eLOG list members
Cancels are good for 30 days--send now.
- Bob Lamb (01 Apr 2016 8:16am EDT) : Is there a Royal Navy version of the DANFS any where on line ?
- Bob Lamb (01 Apr 2016 8:15am EDT) : Excellent monthly edition
BMCM JONES 3933 (31 Mar 2016 10:36pm EDT) : April eLOGs have been sent to all members who requested the service.
6 members kicked back because of bad emails or box was too full.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (31 Mar 2016 1:01pm EDT) : Rich.. The corrected pictorial for USS Greeneville came from Norfolk yesterday. Also the listing of the pictorials for the 100th Anniversary of US Coast Guard Aviation are listed in the new Postal Bulletin today ...Clearwater, Buzzards Bay, Corpus Christi, Elizabeth City, Honolulu and Kodiak. Sending out today....
John Young (31 Mar 2016 6:22am EDT) : half cup Ricotta cheese, crushed pineapple & all bran buds
Maxwell House (high test), milk, no sugar
Looking forward to Jersey Chapter meeting next Tuesday evening 4/5/16 at 7:30 PM
Presently working on 10 frame exhibit
entitled "The Cachet" for AMERICOVER 2016
- Neal Mills (30 Mar 2016 9:49pm EDT) : Rich, thank you for the heads up on the Deleware KL.
- Rich Hoffner (30 Mar 2016 4:50pm EDT) : Mid rats in Franconia (10AM I get up late). Two fresh from the coop brown eggs and turkey bacon. Toast, wheat thin flat bread. Beverage, Folgers Classic decaf with sugar free hazelnut Coffeemate. Can you tell who is on a diet?
Rich Hoffner (30 Mar 2016 4:25pm EDT) : Pictorial cancels are in the work: for two East Coast Fleet Weeks.
Broward Navy Days, Fleet Week Ft. Lauderdale FL 33316. May 5 honoring USS Bataan.
Fleet Week NYC with a pictorial at Staten Island NY on May 25 honoring USS Fort McHenry.
Thank you Wolfgang Hechler for the designs for these two pictorials.
- Rich Hoffner (30 Mar 2016 4:18pm EDT) : Newport News Shipbuilding will lay the keel for the Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN 791) on April 30. No pictorial is planned, the time is too short.
- David Lorms #12402 (28 Mar 2016 8:09pm EDT) : Nice article in new issue of Smithsonian about the sinking of the CSS Albemarle...a quick one page read
- lbrennan (25 Mar 2016 12:01pm EDT) : great USCS Log article about USS Conestoga from 2008 by LCDR Glenn Smith
- lbrennan (25 Mar 2016 11:58am EDT) : Great find and thanks Elgin. I need to send for new covers and postmarks myself.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (24 Mar 2016 8:55pm EDT) : Thanks for the info on Truman Elgin, going to give it a try myself.
- esink (24 Mar 2016 5:00pm EDT) : Superb FREE frank received today from USS TRUMAN with corner card, nicely applied ship cachet and clear new type cancel dtd 18 MAR 2016.
lbbrennan (23 Mar 2016 8:28pm EDT) : Navy tugboat lost for a century found off San Francisco coast
Posted: 03/23/2016 08:04:00 AM PDT | Updated: about 12 hours ago
In this image provided by the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, the USS Conestoga (AT-54) is seen in San Diego, Calif, circa early 1921. A Navy
In this image provided by the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, the USS Conestoga (AT-54) is seen in San Diego, Calif, circa early 1921. A Navy tugboat that sank nearly a century ago has been found by a team of government researchers off the San Francisco coast, officials announced Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The USS Conestoga departed San Francisco Bay for Pearl Harbor in March 1921. But the boat never made it to Hawaii, and her 56-man crew was declared lost. The boat was never found, despite a search that covered hundreds of thousands of square miles and was the biggest air and sea search of its time. (U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command via AP)
In this image provided by the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, chief petty officers of the USS Conestoga (AT54) are seen in San Diego, Calif. A
In this image provided by the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, chief petty officers of the USS Conestoga (AT54) are seen in San Diego, Calif. A Navy tugboat that sank nearly a century ago has been found by a team of government researchers off the San Francisco coast, officials announced Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The USS Conestoga departed San Francisco Bay for Pearl Harbor in March 1921. But the boat never made it to Hawaii, and her 56-man crew was declared lost. The boat was never found, despite a search that covered hundreds of thousands of square miles and was the biggest air and sea search of its time. (U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command via AP)
WASHINGTON - A Navy tugboat that sank nearly a century ago has been found by a team of government researchers off the San Francisco coast, officials announced Wednesday.
The USS Conestoga departed San Francisco Bay for Pearl Harbor in March 1921. But the boat never made it to Hawaii, and her 56-man crew was declared lost. The boat was never found, despite a search that covered hundreds of thousands of square miles and was the biggest air and sea search of its time.
Officials from the Navy and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the tug has been found about 30 miles off the coast, near the Farallon Islands.
In this image provided by the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, Lt. Ernest L. Jones, USN, Commanding Officer, USS Conestoga (AT-54) stands alongside
In this image provided by the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, Lt. Ernest L. Jones, USN, Commanding Officer, USS Conestoga (AT-54) stands alongside his ship, at San Diego, Calif, circa early 1921. He was among those lost when Conestoga disappeared after leaving San Diego in March 1921. A Navy tugboat that sank nearly a century ago has been found by a team of government researchers off the San Francisco coast, officials announced Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The USS Conestoga departed San Francisco Bay for Pearl Harbor in March 1921. But the boat never made it to Hawaii, and her 56-man crew was declared lost. The boat was never found, despite a search that covered hundreds of thousands of square miles and was the biggest air and sea search of its time. (U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command via AP)
NOAA is in the midst of a multiyear effort to map roughly 300 shipwrecks off in the waters off San Francisco. The discovery process began in 2009 when a coastal survey documented a possible shipwreck near the islands. In October 2015, a joint NOAA and Navy mission confirmed the Conestoga's identity.
The 170-foot steel tugboat, one of the largest seagoing tugboats in the period, was launched in 1903. It was originally built to tow coal barges for the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company.
The U.S. Navy purchased the Conestoga in September 1917 after the United States entered World War I. It carried out towing duties along the Atlantic coast and at the end of the war it was attached to Naval Base No. 13, Azores. After the war it was assigned to harbor tug duty at Norfolk, Virginia. It was reclassified USS Conestoga AT 54 in 1920 and after undergoing alterations, it was ordered to duty as a station ship in American Samoa, but disappeared on its way after departing San Francisco.
When the Conestoga failed to arrive in Hawaii, the Navy launched a massive search, finding only a lifeboat with the letter "C" on its bow off Manzanillo, Mexico.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/article67724742.html#storylink=cpy
- lbbrennan (22 Mar 2016 7:51pm EDT) : Thanks John, Safe trip.
- BMCM JONES 3933 (20 Mar 2016 11:25am EDT) : The guided missile destroyer Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) will be christened Saturday, April 2 at Ingalls Shipbuilding.
- Neal Mills (19 Mar 2016 11:57pm EDT) : Thad, will do...
- John Young (18 Mar 2016 8:10pm EDT) : Great article on Okie. Heading north tomorrow, via auto train. Should be home Sunday evening with a stop over in Bensalem PA
lbbrennan (18 Mar 2016 6:56pm EDT) : Sorry I missed my friends on St. Patrick's day. I have been swamped here.
The Oklahoma Philatelist is republishing my article about USS Oklahoma that recently was published by the New Jersey Postal History Society. If anyone wants a copy, I will be happy to email one; Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
BMCM JONES 3933 (18 Mar 2016 4:19pm EDT) : The submarine tender USS EMORY S. LAND (AS 39) arrived in Sasebo, Japan 11 March, for a port visit.
While in port, LAND is scheduled to provide maintenance services to afloat units.
EMORY S. LAND is a forward deployed expeditionary submarine tender on an extended deployment conducting coordinated tended moorings and afloat maintenance in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations.
March 1 SNDL still has AP 96667 as FPO
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (18 Mar 2016 3:55pm EDT) : Neal, mine were sent March 2, 2016... let me know if yours' come back too.
- Neal Mills (18 Mar 2016 3:11pm EDT) : I sent covers to Land at that address on March 10th. So far, they haven't come back as not deliverable.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Mar 2016 8:06pm EDT) : Received "Return To Sender - Not Deliverable As Addressed" for USS Emory S. Land AS 39. Sent to C.O.P.E., Unit 100104 Box 1, FPO AP 96667 as in the January 2016 Log, has the address changed??? Appreciate help. Thanks.
John Young (17 Mar 2016 11:33am EDT) : Ahoy Mates,
Top of the morning & a happy St. Patrick's Day to all my fellow navo-philatelists
Presently at Indian Shores Beach on the west (gulf) coast of Florida and will be here to Saturday.
Found a stamp shop in Hudson FL but
didn't have time to look for them, has event (KL, LAU, etc) covers and Old Ironsides. Took his card & will send
Hey, Boats! Want his address?
BMCM JONES 3933 (16 Mar 2016 10:34pm EDT) : Two Los Angeles-class submarines arrived at U.S. Navy Ice Camp Sargo, a temporary station on top of a floating ice sheet in the Arctic, March 14, as part of Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016.
USS Hartford (SSN 768) from Groton, Connecticut, and USS Hampton (SSN 767) from San Diego will conduct multiple arctic transits, a North Pole surfacing, scientific data collection and other training evolutions during their time in the region.
John Young (14 Mar 2016 12:36am EDT) : Mid Rats from Florida: Cold Meat Loaf
Sandwich with mayo & pickle
Soup of the Day: Manhattan style fish chowder
Catch of the Day: Grilled Cobia, Fries & Steamed spinach
- lbbrennan (11 Mar 2016 12:57pm EST) : Another great New Jersey Chapter meeting last night. Thanks to our host, Phil Schreiber, for his continuing generosity and friendship. There is not a warmer host and a better friend. And thanks to Stewart Milstein for sending along many covers from the sales circuit. Great fun to talk and look for wonderful covers and a few bargains. In addition to our ususal New Jersey crew we have the Decatur Duo. Good to see George and Rich after a while. Rich is tanned and relaxed from his deployment with the USMC in Hawaii. We learned a bit, shared a bit, and had fun. Thanks for the most important factor in encouraging collectors and retention. We look forward to the return of John Young from his sea tour in Southern Waters.
- Rich Hoffner (09 Mar 2016 5:00pm EST) : I'll contact my "source" at Broward Navy Days and see what ship they consider their "host" ship and see about a pictorial there. We should all try to do this with other cities who honor sailors with Fleet Weeks.
- Rich Hoffner (09 Mar 2016 4:58pm EST) : Or better yet, Steve Henderson, is it worth a stop?
- Rich Hoffner (09 Mar 2016 4:57pm EST) : Back from Oahu. Noticed a store front stamp and coin shop in downtown Honolulu, unfortunately I did not have time to drag the bride in there. Next trip I will.
- Rich Hoffner (09 Mar 2016 4:55pm EST) : JY guess we will have to struggle on at the USS New Jersey Chapter meeting without you. Stew, hope you loaded up on USCG covers if there are any new circuits at the meeting. The professor and I will clean up!
Rich Hoffner (09 Mar 2016 4:53pm EST) : Your GREENEVILLE pictorial covers (if you sent to Norfolk P.O.) are in error. Should read 20th Anniversary not 25th.
Richard Hoffner <email@example.com> Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 12:07 PM
To: "Gregory, Sharon E - Norfolk, VA"
Mrs. Gregory, seems like I may have caused a glitch with the USS GREENEVILLE pictorial cancel of 2-16-16. The correct postmark appears in the Postal Bulletin, but the cancels being returned are in error, with 25th Anniversary in the postmark, not the 20th as it should be. Was the artwork I sent in error?
Thanks for checking, Rich Hoffner
Gregory, Sharon E - Norfolk, VA Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 1:48 PM
To: Richard Hoffner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It was the printer not you. Richmond contacted the printer and I should get the new stamp next week. The cancellation will be extended.
BMCM JONES 3933 (09 Mar 2016 2:07pm EST) : Fleet Week Port Everglades 2016 Dates Announced
Broward Navy Days, Inc. is pleased to announce the dates for Fleet Week 2016: May 2 - 9. Preparations are well underway and we expecting to host four to five U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels.
- See more at: http://www.browardnavydaysinc.org/#sthash.eht9MDXs.dpuf
- lbbrennan (08 Mar 2016 5:28pm EST) : John, Enjoy Florida and good luck to your brother.
- lbbrennan (08 Mar 2016 5:27pm EST) : Master Chief, Thanks for the grade conversions. Captain Healy and Commander McHale -- what a pair.
- Jimmy Jordan (06 Mar 2016 10:19am EST) : Good morning Master Chief Young! What was on the breakfast menu this morning. I had coffee and a fried egg and ham sandwich.
John Young (06 Mar 2016 9:03am EST) : Coast Guard History
1894 Revenue Cutter Captain was the equal to Navy LCDR, thus Captain Mike Healy of the BEAR would had been equal to LCDR Quentin McHale
1922 USCG Captain-Commander made equal to Navy Rear Admiral while in 1921 nine Senior Captains were made Commanders and thirty-one Captains became LCDR's
- John Young (06 Mar 2016 8:03am EST) : Good morning fellow navo-philatelists
John Young (04 Mar 2016 9:09pm EST) : Sorry, gentlemen as I'm guest 7102
Presently in Florida until 3/19/16 for some fun in the sun, visit my brother in VA Hospital, five day cruise in the Carrib & week on the beach on the Gulf Coast.
- guest_7102 (04 Mar 2016 9:02pm EST) : green was universal color for one cent/ one pence/ etc in the UPU
- lbbrennan (04 Mar 2016 11:43am EST) : Quiet day. Snow and ice overnight. Perhaps renewed activity here.
- lbbrennan (03 Mar 2016 2:54pm EST) : Master Chief Young, Was it a coincidence that Archie Lance used the 1 cent Navy heroes stamp. With the Scot who went on to be a contradmiral in the Czarinia's Navy (Catherine the Great) and the Irishman who is the father of the USN, John Barry. Bet the Scots were not happy with the green stamp by PMG Farley may have played the trick.
lbbrennan (03 Mar 2016 2:32pm EST) : Damn, BMCM More than 100 lost members at risk. Where do that put us, near or under 800 members, and how many are dues paying.
What number of members are introduced by 25 year members - a scheme that inflates membership number.
Does anyone read Pete Leenhouts' articles that the ship is at risk of being lost. Past time for calling GQ and paying attention to attrition. There is no assurance that the USCS will make it to our 100th year. We start our 85th year this October.
lbbrennan (03 Mar 2016 2:15pm EST) : Flashing light. What an old idea that still works. Let's talk about the next Enterprise. Nimitz will be 50 in 9 years, 2025, and Ike 50 in 2027. Hell, I remember when CVAN 65 was a new ship.
Congratulations to Master Chief Young. Thanks for marking the Great Saint. The Holy Ghost would be happy.
Glenn Smith (03 Mar 2016 3:30am EST) : Skivvy Waver Tom:
The 9th ENTERPRISE will have the hull number CVN-80, and is scheduled to be in service by 2025, although that has already slipped to 2027. My prediction is that 2030 is more likely. She will replace USS 'IKE.'
If you would like info on cachet making, I would be happy to put you into touch with the right person. Send me an email at: highlandglenn (at) farmerstel.com.
I am also a former skivvy waver, actually a submarine quartermaster and we did not have signalmen so we did double duty. I can still hold a steady light on any cruiser signalman! Semaphore...not so much, too rusty.
LCDR, USN (Ret) Deck LDO
guest_9690 (02 Mar 2016 2:43pm EST) : Shortly, the USS Enterprise CVN 65 will be decommissioned. Is the USCS planning a cancel or special cancel?
2nd?: CVN 78 class aircraft carrier will be named shortly a retired naval commander informs me but no other details to share with you.
Would you like me to get more details & how does one go about designing a cachet for the various steps that a potential ship goes through?
(Signalman 2nd class)
BMCM JONES 3933 (02 Mar 2016 2:38pm EST) : Christening Ceremony
March 5, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. EST
Washington (SSN 787), named for the State of Washington, will be christened at Newport News Shipbuilding where the ship is being constructed. During the ceremony, Ship's Sponsor Elisabeth Mabus, daughter of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, will perform the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the ship's bow during the christening ceremony.
- BMCM JONES 3933 (02 Mar 2016 2:36pm EST) : Ingalls Shipbuilding will authenticate the keel for the company’s seventh U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, Kimball (WMSL 756), on Friday, March 4. Adm. Paul Zukunft, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, is the ceremony’s keynote speaker. Kay Bowen Webber Cochran, wife of Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., is the ship sponsor and will have her initials welded onto a keel plate at the end of the ceremony.
BMCM JONES 3933 (01 Mar 2016 12:40am EST) : 300+ eLOGs have been sent tonight.
Still over 100 who have not renewed their USCS Dues.
HAVE YOU CHECKED TO SEE IF YOU RENEWED (IF THIS IS YOUR YEAR?)
We need you.
- lbbrennan (29 Feb 2016 1:53pm EST) : Quiet as a churchmouse here
- Lbbrennan (29 Feb 2016 6:04am EST) : Anthem of Sea returns home to Bayonne early
lbbrennan (26 Feb 2016 2:01pm EST) : Royal Caribbean cruise from hell: NJ man files class action lawsuit
By: Mike Davis
Date: February 25, 2016
Outlet: Ashbury Park Press
A passenger from a cruise ship that was battered by a major storm in the Atlantic Ocean filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Royal Caribbean in Miami federal court, his lawyer said Thursday.
The lawsuit filed on behalf of Cinnaminson resident Frank DeLuca alleges that Royal Caribbean “knew or should have known” of warnings for hurricane-force winds in the Atlantic before Anthem of the Seas set sail Feb. 6 from Bayonne.
The complaint includes forecasts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ocean Prediction Center, which noted the possibility of hurricane-force winds along the coast near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, about a half-hour before the ship set sail.
According to the lawsuit, passengers had to hold onto their beds or anything else “to keep from falling due to the severe crashing of waves and listing of the vessel” for about 12 hours. Furniture was overturned, broken glass littered the ship, elevators were inoperable and water rushed through numerous areas of the ship.
"We could feel the ship going on top of the waves and crashing back down. Every time, we'd get knocked a little off to the side. You could feel everything just jolt and slide," Farmingdale resident Keith Hollender said of the trip. "We had packed our bags in case there was an emergency. We just thought, 'We have to be ready in case something crazy happens, because this is really bad."
A portion of the propulsion system was damaged during the storm, causing Royal Caribbean to cancel the remainder of hte trip and return to New Jersey.
Any passenger who was on the ship can be represented by the lawsuit, which alleges gross negligence on the part of Royal Caribbean. The lawsuit seeks punitive damages for severe emotional, psychological and emotional stress endured by passengers.
Fordham adjunct law professor Larry Brennan said cruise lines often have many defenses for the kinds of lawsuits filed by passengers.
"The recent filing of civil litigation by a passenger is unlikely to be the harbinger of many law suits unless there are compensable claims for actual bodily injury or damage to luggage or personal property," said Brennan, a maritime law expert. "As in the case of the vast majority of civil litigation, settlement may be the parties' preferred route."
At least one other lawsuit was filed over the incident — on Feb. 18 by Bruce Simpson of Delaware. Minutes before the ship docked in Bayonne, two Massachusetts men were arrested and later charged with possession of marijuana.
Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said via email that the company doesn’t comment on pending litigation.
Mike Davis: (732) 643-4223; email@example.com
- lbbrennan (25 Feb 2016 7:30pm EST) : Quiet time around here. I was interviewed by a Miami paper about the lawsuits filed from the recent cruise of MS ANTHEM OF THE SEAS.
- lbbrennan (25 Feb 2016 9:49am EST) : Sorry about the spacing problem. I forgot to edit.
lbbrennan (25 Feb 2016 9:48am EST) : A dangerous rescue effort by USCG in local NY waters. Their boat capsized but all USCG personnel and the crew of the grounded fishing vessel were safely recovered.
U.S. Coast Guard boat overturns while on rescue mission in East Rockaway Inlet
BY Christopher Brennan, Keldy Ortiz, Thomas Tracy /
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS /
Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2016, 8:59 AM
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Five Coast Guard officers on a rescue mission ended up becoming the ones in distress early Thursday when their vessel capsized off the Rockaways during a massive storm, officials said.
The 25-foot Response Boat Small was buffeted by 10- to 12-foot waves before flipping over in the East Rockaway Inlet about 5 a.m.
The five seamen aboard swam to shore near Beach 19th St., a Coast Guard spokesman said. Their vessel ultimately washed up on a nearby beach.
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A U.S. Coast Guard boat trying to help a fishing vessel in Far Rockaway overturned Thursday morning.
Todd Maisel/New York Daily News
Fishermen were pulled from the boat by helicopter after the U.S. Coast Guard boat (r.) that came out to help them overturned.
The seamen were treated at the scene. No injuries were reported.
The Coast Guard vessel had been dispatched to rescue the members of the Carolina Queen III, a 76-foot scallop fishing boat from Virginia.
The boat had been on an eight-day fishing excursion when it lost power and began taking on water about 2 a.m., officials said.
The crew of seven managed to bail out the water but later radioed for help when the boat ran aground near the East Rockaway Inlet.
All seven fisherman were airlifted by U.S. Coast Guard helicopter to shore near Beach 56th Pl. in Arverne unharmed, officials said.
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All five members aboard the U.S. Coast Guard boat and the seven-member crew of the fishing boat were safe by 6 a.m. Thursday.
“Nothing about this really was routine,” FDNY Fire Chief George Healy said. “This was a very treacherous operation.”
The waters off the Rockaways were under a gale warning Wednesday night as 34 mile-per-hour winds buffeted the area.
“FDNY had some marine resources coming and because of the conditions, we actually had to turn them back for their safety,” Healy said. “A U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer went in the water and he couldn’t even handle the conditions
- lbbrennan (24 Feb 2016 10:46am EST) : Sadly quiet here these days.
- lbbrennan (23 Feb 2016 2:53pm EST) : Quiet times here. A gray, wet, and cold day in NYC> Last week I finished two article. For the USCS Log a piece about Chief Watertender Peter Tomich and the delivery of his Medal of Honor and for the NJ Postal History Society, the history of USS Oklahoma -inspired in large part by Captain Rommel.
- lbbrennan (22 Feb 2016 12:04pm EST) : Thad, Rich can tell you where he is on the FLK FFFs. Not sure how much Greg has posted on the NCM site. But just presume if it is a FLK cover it is a Fake.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (19 Feb 2016 6:53pm EST) : Rich Hoffner ... Rich do you have a listing or work in progress on FLK - Karcher Fakes ?
lbbrennan (19 Feb 2016 4:52pm EST) : Some submarine covers are beyond expensive. But so are Civil War covers. I have one Confederate Navy cover for a ship that never was commissioned CSS PEE DEE.
Missed the midrats menu. Guess I should visit more often. I can skip the PB&J sandwich. Usually, I am asleep in the chair or on the couch at midnight. Grilled cheese and tomato sandwich sounds great. We have to work at keeping this site alive and work with our members who are not FB.
There has been a lot of progress on FB particularly with our new chapters and some active members. Great to see folks share the covers -- I like the Pearl Harbor covers. This will be the 75th anniversary.
John Young (19 Feb 2016 12:11pm EST) : Probably because its on one of the two ships (USS YANCEY, the other) that didn't have a post office aboard and
she left early being deployed in the
Antarctic (28 DEC 1946- 7 FEB 1947)
Remember covers requests went to the ships and there were no post office
facilities on the Antarctic continent until
after Deep Freeze II (19957-58)
- Neal Mills (18 Feb 2016 10:35am EST) : The Sennett cover sold for $114.49. Does anyone know why this cover would bring $114.49? Or, is this just a case of 2 guys with really deep pockets wanting the same item?
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Feb 2016 8:10pm EST) : Oops.. bidding on Sennett SS 408 isn't over yet...
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Feb 2016 7:52pm EST) : USS Sennet SS 408 Operation High Jump went for $103.52....
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Feb 2016 8:03am EST) : I noticed item # 111901653814 on Ebay for USS Sennet SS 408 Operation High Jump - listed incorrectly under title : 114D GSStamps US 1947 Navy USS Merrick (AKA 97) Antarctic Expedition Cachet Cover. There is also a cover listed for the USS Merrick. Too rich for my blood... currently $94.00 w/free shipping.
John Young (17 Feb 2016 12:09am EST) : Mid rats: peanut butter & jelly
Breakfast: S.O.S. on toast
Soup of the Day: Oxtail with barley
Dinner: Baked Ham, Candid Sweet Potatoes & Buttered Corn Nibs
Supper: Grilled Cheese & Tomato
Lime Jello with banana chips
- John Young (17 Feb 2016 12:00am EST) : Irene Griffin
Lbbrennan (16 Feb 2016 1:29pm EST) : We've had our frigid weekend In the 50s with rain and wind not a fun day outside for man or dog
Who was the woman who painted cachets in the early 40s other than Mae Wegliand?
John Young (12 Feb 2016 6:54pm EST) : Cold front coming in from Arctic this weekend and talk that might break a record in the NYC area.
Time to survey naval covers for next
month's Goat Locker column
Everyone have a safe weekend!
- guest_5968 (10 Feb 2016 8:10am EST) : JIM KELLY: FOR EXPERT GUIDANCE ON VALUE OF NAVAL POSTMARKS YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT IN THE "CATALOGUE OF U.S. NAVAL POSTMARKS" PUBLISHED BY USCS. IF YOU ARE SHOPPING FOR SUCH ITEMS ON E-BAY, THIS CATALOGUE IS ESSENTIAL. JUST THIS MONTH THE USCS HAS OFFERED CONSTITUTION COVERS SUCH AS THOSE YOU MENTIONED FOR AS LITTLE AS 3 FOR $1.00. AT STAMP BOURSES LOCALLY OTHER COVERS MUCH OVER 100 YEARS OLD ARE OFFERRED AT 5 FOR 1.00. YOU SHOULD JOIN A USCS LOCAL CHAPTER TO MEET KNOWLEDGEABLE COLLECTORS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT COLLECTING. GOOD LUCK TO YOU. ALSO CHECK OUT THE LINK OF THE INTERVIEW SHOWN PREVIOUSLY HERE.
Don Tjossem (09 Feb 2016 10:27pm EST) : Jim, You may be interested is the USCS Data Sheet at the link below:
(Sorry for the double posting.)
- Don Tjossem (09 Feb 2016 10:26pm EST) : Jim, You may be interested is the USCS Data Sheet at the link below:
- Jim (09 Feb 2016 7:59pm EST) : Thank you so much for the information. None of the other envelopes were from ships. This looks like a really interesting topic to learn more about.
John Young (09 Feb 2016 6:46am EST) : Jim Kelly: asking price (150) is high for eight covers from 1932 Old ironsides
cruise. Even with a 1909 cancel are not
scarce and to be honest- would have to
know the names of the other ships.
The scarce Constitution covers are those canceled before Dec 1931 when
she went through Panama Canal
More people started sending for covers and mail Clerk, Harry Moore serviced more than 1 million covers
Without knowing what other items in lot it would be unfair to give a price, but I suspect they are quiet common
Recently saw several Constitution covers in the dollar box at Jersey Chapter meeting
- Jim Kelly (08 Feb 2016 4:58pm EST) : Looking for advice regarding a small collection of postmarked envelopes from the U.S.S. Constitution. They are postmarked in 1932. The asking price is $150 for about eight envelopes, two of which are from the Constitution. Another is from 1909 and is simply postmarked "China". The price seems really high so I'm wondering if anyone can give advice on what a fair price to offer would be. Thanks!
- lbbrennan (08 Feb 2016 2:25pm EST) : Quiet weekend. Everyone must have watch the superbowl. Little snow in NYC so far but further north it is a mess. Forecast bad for the week. And a large passenger ship returned to NY after encountering bad weather off the coast.
- John Young (07 Feb 2016 3:48pm EST) : Both Angus & Phil did a great job of promoting the USCS and naval covers.
- BMCM JONES 3933 (07 Feb 2016 1:54pm EST) : https://youtu.be/Lb6Dj9nCw3w
BMCM JONES 3933 (07 Feb 2016 1:53pm EST) : Angus Kress Gillespie speaks with Phil Schreiber a member of the NJ Chapter of the Universal Ship Cancellation Society.
Great interview now on YouTube.
- guest_4069 (07 Feb 2016 4:57am EST) : Hard copy log received
- esink (04 Feb 2016 11:19pm EST) : Hardcopy LOG arrived in central PA today.
- Mike Meister (03 Feb 2016 1:38pm EST) : Paper LOG arrived in Columbus today.
- lbbrennan (03 Feb 2016 10:24am EST) : We need a new member of the month. The current member has been the member of the month for a quarter or two. Someone step up. Please
- lbbrennan (03 Feb 2016 10:24am EST) : Great NJ Chapter meeting last night. Thanks to our host Phil Schreiber for his hospitality and patience and to Stewart Milstein who sent many covers from the sales circuit. The food was ignored while the boxes were examined. A great meeting.
- lbbrennan (02 Feb 2016 11:34am EST) : Meeting times are always an issue for groups. Week nights have been the pattern at NJ chapter and after missing 2 of the last 3, I hope to make it tonight. Years ago, Larry Briend and I frequently made Sunday afternoon Nathan Hale chapter meetings. They must have been 150 mile round trips. New York to near New Haven. Sundays were easier with no family demands and football and baseball are fine on the radio. Now I have trouble scheduling anything on Sundays.
- lbbrennan (02 Feb 2016 11:31am EST) : Nice Cover of the Month for February.
- Bob Lamb (02 Feb 2016 10:18am EST) : Rich - No way my local town post office has ever heard of WTIL. The multiple clerks seem to be on a continual job action while the uneducated public doesn't help. Fortunately a new contract station opened near my house - I will try to keep it secret.
Rich Hoffner (01 Feb 2016 9:05pm EST) : As a part time postal employee in a very small office, I have the luxury to be able to speak with the customers, without holding up the line. There is no line! I go out of my way to help the customer and one of the tips I gave away was for eBay mailers to use "Click and Ship" on USPS.com and save on postage. They indicate my office zip, and we get the dollars credited to our office. With the new rate increases in January, the USPS removed the discounts for "Click and Ship". Way to go, USPS.
Their reason for offering the discounts, was to save time when the package got the the post office. No need for the clerk to weigh and put postage on the parcel, thus a savings for the USPS and savings for the customer.
I have seen no comment as to why this discount was discontinued except that the deletion of the discount was mentioned in their filing for the January rate increases. Look for longer lines when you go to the post office in the future. The person in front of you might have a pile of eBay packages to mail.
Did you know that the USPS strives to keep the wait time in line to 3 minutes? They call it WTIL. Next time you are in line for ten or fifteen minutes, ask the clerk what happened to their quest to keep the WTIL to three minutes?
- Rich Hoffner (01 Feb 2016 8:53pm EST) : Covers in last week from KEARSARGE. Looks like the new norm for cancels is newly issued postmarks without the zip + 4 in the dial. Got their PVI also. Hopefully the Unit # postmarks were a short lived mistake and those with them will get new cancels.
Rich Hoffner (01 Feb 2016 8:49pm EST) : Among this months resignation was a member we tried to have participate in Decatur Chapter meetings. We had him to a meeting at my home, one at the BucsMont Stamp club and one at the USS New Jersey Chapter meeting. The only response we heard from him was that out meetings fell on days where he had other club meeting conflicts. Well, we could not solve that for him.
Lets face it, we can't please everyone and should not try to.
There is no way to recruit what is termed "youth". Today's youth are minimalists. Notice the show on TV that shows 300 square feet of living space in a house? That is today's youth. You won't find an antique in their home. Probably not even a magazine subscription, and probably not a newspaper.
Their news comes from their Iphone via Yahoo.
Their entertainment also comes through their "tablet". Movies via Hulu.
I say double down on seniors, they still know what a collection is, know what WW II was and may even have an antique or two in their homes.
The next area to look for to recruit is ex-military.
This is not earthshaking news. But, when I have proposed advertising, it is shot down as too expensive.
So, anyone got an alternative to our society simply evaporating?
- Rich Hoffner (01 Feb 2016 8:37pm EST) : I lost my rubber stamp manufacturer. She moved to Florida. I am looking for someone who makes custom rubber stamps. I order both mounted and unmounted depending on need. I use the unmounted to print from on a letterpress. Do you know someone who can do mail orders? Thanks.
- lbbrennan (01 Feb 2016 4:32pm EST) : Thanks for another interesting LOG. But the loss of USCS members continues. Can we have a membership over 900 or even 800. The resignations are particularly troubling and the few new members show that the trend is continuously decreasing.
John Young (01 Feb 2016 8:20am EST) : Well, January flew by and I have to work
on March column today.
Since retirement (1999)- not enough time in the day, especially on my bride's "Honey Do" list
- esink (31 Jan 2016 7:58pm EST) : ...and a nice issue it is with a wide variety of subjects covered, Richard.
BMCM Jones 3933 (31 Jan 2016 3:19pm EST) : February USCS eLOG has been sent to email subscribers.
John Young (30 Jan 2016 2:33pm EST) : Surprise visit from Antarctica today- a cover from USCGC POLAR STAR posted at USAF McMurdo on 19 JAN 2016.
Ship's circular cachet (polar bear on ice floe)
Reverse has cutter's corner card with
its Seattle address & stamped cachet from McMurdo Station, dated JAN 19 2016
Cover from Rich Hoffner's cover service
Hope they service my covers!
BMCM JONES 3933 (29 Jan 2016 1:53pm EST) : The Navy will christen its newest Freedom variant littoral combat ship, USS Sioux City (LCS 11), during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony Saturday, Jan. 30 in Marinette, Wisconsin.
Sioux City, designated LCS 11, honors the city of Sioux City, Iowa.
Adm. Michelle Howard, vice chief of Naval Operations, will serve as principal speaker. Mary Winnefeld, wife of retired Adm. James "Sandy" Winnefeld, will serve as the ship's sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by Winnefeld breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow to formally christen the ship, which is a time-honored Navy tradition.
BMCM JONES 3933 (28 Jan 2016 3:30pm EST) : Phil Schreiber
Thanks for the two articles and the 5 color scans for the Log.
- Rich Hoffner (28 Jan 2016 2:13pm EST) : As of the latest USPS price increase, the USPS did removed the considerable discount they have offered for years using "Click & Ship" on USPS.com. I have been looking for an alternative and saw a program called "ShippingEasy" which is coupled with Endicia. Is anyone using this service? It offers the USPS discounts but surfing through the site I am confused on how it operates. If you are using it, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Jan 2016 7:13pm EST) : Thanks for the update Larry. I will be looking forward to the list when it becomes available.
The snow is beginning to melt here in southwestern PA. We are to have flurries but warmer temps this week. This has been an extremely warm winter in Pittsburgh so far. Hope it stays that way...
Again, thanks Larry.
- lbbrennan (27 Jan 2016 2:04pm EST) : Thad we had nearly 28 inches of snow in Metuchen on Saturday. Didn't miss any time at the office. Best, Larry
- lbbrennan (27 Jan 2016 2:02pm EST) : Thad, Rich Hoffner is compiling a list of all known FLK FFFs. Far more extensive than the list in my old Log article. Best, Larry
Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Jan 2016 11:54am EST) : Need some help... can anyone direct me to a listing of known Karcher forgeries? I thought I had the list from a article by Rich Hoffner but after checking it out it was for the Ron Reeves forgeries. I also have the article by Larry Brennan (Log - Jul.-2008) about Karcher forgeries. I could have swore someone (Rich Hoffner ??) had a listing of known Karcher forgeries. I thought I had all the articles produced in the Log on the forgery series but I guess not.
After 51 years of being in the society and collecting navals I have a tendency to misplace things. Retirement isn't all what it's cracked up to be. THANKS !!!
Thad W. Kaczkowski (26 Jan 2016 9:39pm EST) : Rich.. Your correct, I forgot. I checked and I do have the one from the Stennis you serviced. I never received the two I sent to her. I will still keep it on my tracking list and maybe it will turn up some day. I'll be looking for the O'Kane cover.
Covers from USS Cape St George just showed up yesterday after almost 18 months but they were really bad so they were canned.
- Rich Hoffner (26 Jan 2016 5:28pm EST) : Snow here was problematic in that I had to use the snow blower to get to the chicken coop. We had four to five foot drifts due to the farmlands around us and a clear path for the winds to do their magic. Chickens were not any worse for the snow that blew into their coop and shed. They did not miss a beat when it comes to laying.
Rich Hoffner (26 Jan 2016 5:23pm EST) : Thad. I believe that I included a cover for you when I sent the pictorial cancel to the STENNIS. Mine came back. I sent about 20 covers for members who have covers on hand for the USCS cover service.
Just checked and there is one for you for the O'KANE for a new cachet stamp the USCS is donating. That will go in the mail this week to Pearl.
Rich Hoffner (26 Jan 2016 5:17pm EST) : Stealth price Increase:
Any of you use "Click-n-Ship" on USPS.com? There was always a discount when paying for the postage on line and printing out the label for your package. Just noticed that they no longer show or give a discount for using the site to pay postage. Did I miss something in the latest announcement form the USPS about rate increases? If it was announced, I missed it.
John Young (26 Jan 2016 9:47am EST) : Broke up my old Navy Day exhibit from
years gone by. Its been 11 years since I wrote the Navy Day series
Time flies when your chasing covers
Working two special articles concerning
two battleships, USS OHIO & the "Pennsy". With the latter, DANFS has one paragraph on the 10 year period
before WW2 and I'm attempting to trace
its movements through covers
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 Jan 2016 7:20pm EST) : Lucked out today in southwestern PA with only 11 inches of snow from the big storm. Just 20 miles south received 24-30 inches.
BMCM Jones 3933 (23 Jan 2016 3:08pm EST) : I hope members from the middle and northeast are staying safe and indoors.
Now would be a good time to review your collection and write some articles for the LOG.
Expect a freeze in mid Florida tonight
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (22 Jan 2016 11:19am EST) : Thanks Elgin - I sent for it when announced but I never received it from the ship.. oh well
- esink (21 Jan 2016 10:03pm EST) : Thad, I received and reported the special 20th anniversary DEC 9 pictorial from the STENNIS on 12 DEC.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (21 Jan 2016 8:38pm EST) : I see the new Postal Bulletin has extended the pictorial for the USS John C. Stennis CVN 74 20th anniversary for 90 days from Norfolk. Has anyone received the special pictorial from the ship for the 20th anniversary December 9th?
- Rich Hoffner (21 Jan 2016 12:25pm EST) : Covers back with hand cancels from Charleston WV for Naming Ceremony of USNS HERSCHEL "WOODY" WILLIAMS T-ESB 4. Results shown on the Facebook page. Woody Williams was at the ceremony!
- John Young (21 Jan 2016 3:00am EST) : Heard someone talking
- John Young (21 Jan 2016 2:59am EST) : No mid rats
- Rich H (20 Jan 2016 9:41pm EST) : On the grumbling, can we change it to a buoy bell ringing or a fog horn blowing? Would make some of us seafarers feel more at home
Rich H (20 Jan 2016 9:39pm EST) : Having a hiccup with my PC. Running WindowsXP. For three days I keep crashing, getting a note reading Plugin-container.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Well. Does this sound fatal for my windowsXP? And who is "We" ?
guest_3547 (20 Jan 2016 9:33pm EST) : Ok, now that I know it was not my tummy growling, I feel better. Was about to schedule an appointment with
- Steve Shay (19 Jan 2016 8:07pm EST) : There is an option with Simple Ajax, the Chat software, to hear a sound when new Chats are posted. The default sound is the grumbling sound.
- BMCMJONES 3933 (19 Jan 2016 11:11am EST) : Yes, it sounds like someone grumbling when you hit the say it button
BMCMJONES 3933 (19 Jan 2016 11:09am EST) : February LOG is at the printers now.
I need more articles and research material for the next few months.
I am trying to bank articles for the July issue which will go to the printer by the 4th of June prior to my vacation.
New authors are always sought and welcome.
Richard Jones, LOG editor
- Mike Meister (19 Jan 2016 11:01am EST) : I hear it too Rich and Elgin.
- esink (18 Jan 2016 6:34pm EST) : I have heard human voices also, Rich, and wonder what is happening. My wife thinks I am losing my hearing even though I passed the test last year with flying colors. I have had no trouble hearing these voices every time I have entered a message.
- Rich Hoffner (18 Jan 2016 4:13pm EST) : OK, I know I am not loosing it. Has anyone else noticed this? When I hit "Say it" a crowd mumbles. Turn your speakers up to high. I first noticed it monhhs ago.
- Rich Hoffner (18 Jan 2016 4:11pm EST) : Mike Gilbert is looking fr dates for the next SSN's slated to be decommissioned. Probably to do Nathan Hale Chapter covers. I think four are on the horizon, but dates are elusive. HOUSTON, ALBUQUERQUE, CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI and perhaps LA JOLLA, which was deactivated and under conversion to MTS-701. I do not think she as yet had a Last Day in Commission. Last photo I saw of LA JOLLA she was sitting in a dry-dock sliced in three pieces, and had her skin removed. She looks kinda rusty.
- Rich Hoffner (18 Jan 2016 4:01pm EST) : The USCS Chapter Facebook pages are interesting. This week I noticed two Facebookers who asked to join and when I checked one belonged to 200 groups and the other more then 2200 groups. Can these be legitimate collectors, or is there a new hobby, collecting groups?
- lbbrennan (18 Jan 2016 9:45am EST) : I need to visit more regularly. Cold morning and slippery icy platform for the train. Quiet trip into NYC
- Art Cole (16 Jan 2016 12:01am EST) : Phil, John, Thanks for the info. I'll give it a try. I'm guessing it could be months to get covers back, but it will sure be nice if it works out.
- John Young (15 Jan 2016 10:57am EST) : Phil, you beat me to it!
- guest_PHIL SCHREIBER (15 Jan 2016 6:35am EST) : ART COLE: CORRECT PHONE # 011-7-8152-553-355
- guest_PHIL SCHREIBER (15 Jan 2016 6:31am EST) : ART COLE: WRITE TO: RUSATOMFLOT -FSUE 183017 MURMANSK, RUSSIA OR CALL AND REQUEST ENGLISH OPERATOR=011=8152 553 355
- Glenn Smith (15 Jan 2016 4:51am EST) : Finally! A ship naming decision that nobody can criticize. Williams received the MOH for heroism at Iwo Jima. 'Nuff said.
- BMCM JONES 3933 (15 Jan 2016 12:04am EST) : Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the Navy's newest Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) ship, T-ESB 4, will be named USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams during a ceremony in Charleston, West Virginia, Jan. 14.
- Art Cole (14 Jan 2016 4:41pm EST) : Does anyone have a postal address for Atomflot in Murmansk? Sevmorput is about to go back to work and I was thinking about sending some covers over.
John Young (14 Jan 2016 4:08am EST) : Glenn Smith sure knows his classics-
cutters NORTH STAR & NORTHLAND on the Greenland Patrol.
Will have to start putting Mid Rats on chat page again. Guess everyone is on facebook
Stewart B. Milstein (10 Jan 2016 12:27pm EST) : Rich: I have a photo of my one-day only parking spot.
I could have finished entering all their covers into a data base were it not for the fact that nothing is allowed to leave the library.
I hope to get in some more time with them either in the spring or around the time of the convention.
- Glenn Smith (10 Jan 2016 7:08am EST) : JY: Hmmmmmmm? NORTHLAND cover, 1944, mimeo cachet on back...I think I saw one of those in a box with several CYCLOPS covers, and a 9efu from NORTHSTAR. I check again! 🙂
John Young (10 Jan 2016 12:17am EST) : I may have a copy of Wells book- will
have to mail it sometime this week- you
can borrow to copy but you have to promise to put your exhibit at USCS convention.
Glenn, can't make Atlanta show! Keep an eye out for USS NORTHLAND cover (August 1944) with an mimeographed cachet on reverse
- John Young (10 Jan 2016 12:08am EST) : Ahoy Kay Neuthor,
- Glenn Smith (08 Jan 2016 6:14pm EST) : How many of y'all are coming to the APS StampEXPO in Atlanta at the end of this month?
lbbrennan (07 Jan 2016 5:44pm EST) : Quiet time again.
The chapter Facebook sites are amazingly active. Great improvement and embrace of technology. Need to grow from here.
- Steve Shay (06 Jan 2016 10:35pm EST) : Thx Larry.
- lbbrennan (04 Jan 2016 2:35pm EST) : Great cover of the month and linkage between two ships.
- esink (02 Jan 2016 9:45pm EST) : Hardcopy January LOG was received in central PA (Harrisburg area) today...superb issue!
guest_Kay Neuthor (02 Jan 2016 8:57pm EST) : A happy new year to all members of the Society.
A question to all who are present or will be present in the next time.
I am looking for a book what was published in 1996:
The United States Navy and the Spanish Civil War July 1936 - March 1939. Autor was Jerry A. Wells who lives in Dallas.
Has anybody this book or a friend who can make copies in the Philateltic Library in Denver?
My emal address:
Kay (USCS #8466)
- Mike Meister (02 Jan 2016 6:18pm EST) : Paper LOG arrived today in Columbus
- Lb brennan (02 Jan 2016 11:21am EST) : Sitting in the car outside Macy 's waiting for the ayatollah on her first search and burn mission of the year
- guest_PHIL SCHREIBER (02 Jan 2016 8:44am EST) : LAST COVER RECEIVED ON DEC.31, 2015 FROM HMCS NANAIMO DEPLOYED WITH OPERATION NANOOK TO TUKTOYATUK IN ARCTIC NORTHWEST TERR.
Stewart B. Milstein (02 Jan 2016 12:27am EST) : An easy New Year's Day - worked on covers, got the phone to company to fix their screw up with wires, and listened to the Strauss Concert from Vienna.
A good year collecting to one and all.
- Lb brennan (01 Jan 2016 4:40pm EST) : Happy new year
- Richard Hall #9553 (01 Jan 2016 1:08pm EST) : Hope all will have a very good 2016, plan on being at the convention in August. Semper Fi to all Marines
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Jan 2016 9:54am EST) : Happy New Year.. Great January Log and mailing listings. USS Gerald R. Ford CVN 78 - Unit 100328 Box 1, AE 09523 for FYI.
John Young (01 Jan 2016 3:15am EST) : Wishing all our members a Healthy & Happy New Year.
Plan on attending the USCS convention
in August at AMERICOVER in Virginia
Recruit one new member
Put together an exhibit of covers or post cards that you have been chasing
Write an article for the USCS Log
Happy is a man (woman) that has a hobby, for he (she) has two worlds to
BMCM JONES 3933 (31 Dec 2015 10:33pm EST) : 300+ January 2016 eLOG have been emailed to members requesting the service..
Enjoy and have a great New Year
- Mike Meister (31 Dec 2015 7:25pm EST) : Hope everyone has a very happy, healthy and safe 2016!
- Rich Hoffner (30 Dec 2015 5:23pm EST) : That was our Stew Milstein culling through the naval covers at the Naval Heritage and History Command. Shame they did not show the VIP parking space they created for him outside the front door. Guess he will want VIP parking at the next USCS convention.
Rich Hoffner (30 Dec 2015 5:19pm EST) : Just got word today from Richmond Dist. USPS that my appeal was honored and the cancel will be ordered and sent to Norfolk for the 20th Anniversary of the carrier JOHN C STENNIS. USPS has a regulation that says they are to either deny or approve every pictorial submitted. Meaning let the person who submits the cancel know the status. Almost no one in the USPS does that. They ignore their own regs.
So, this is one of the few times that one of my requests went missing in action (lost by USPS) but had they followed their own rules, I would have know something was wrong when I did not get a response from them. Since they don't acknowledge pictorial requests, I am caught flat footed when they say, "we will cancel your covers with a regular date stamp, we have no record of you submitting this pictorial".
So, it may take a month or so, but the cancel will be issued in Norfolk.
BMCM Jones 3933 (30 Dec 2015 1:48pm EST) : Yes.
That is Stewart holding a cover. Will have the photo in Feb LOG.
- Bob Lamb (30 Dec 2015 6:27am EST) : Would that be the picture of USCS member Stewart Milstein on page 13 of the Feb, 2016 Naval History magazine? Promo article for the Navy Department Library.
lbbrennan (29 Dec 2015 2:10pm EST) : Merry Christmas and a prospective Happy New Year to all USCS members.
As an unrelated thought, since our FB is open to non USCS members why should this site be closed. These are recruiting tools among other things so why not open up to the world. If we have troubles with a visitor or member the admins can take appropriate action.
Time to take action to keep the membership from falling further.
- Rich H (27 Dec 2015 11:25pm EST) : Just thinking out loud. I have not had eggnog or fruit cake yet this Christmas season.
Rich H (27 Dec 2015 11:24pm EST) : The following will be added to the Active Chapter page on this site under Virtual Chapters, a new heading. If you are involved in any of these chapters and see where info is lacking or in error, let me know and changes, corrections and or additions will be made to the listing.
108 DSV ALVIN Chapter
Visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/494656184076548
David DuBois, email@example.com
109 N.S. SAVANNAH Chapter
Art Cole, 11004 Louis Dr SE, Huntsville AL 35803-1008
110 USS Constitution Chapter
Visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/147329905602253
Skip Eckel, 36 Paseo Hermoso, Salinas CA 93908-9166
111 Coast Guard Chapter
Visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/926783114076581
John Young, 146 N Lincoln Ave, Pearl River NY 10965-1709
112 Pearl Harbor Chapter
Visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/682025965265945
Lloyd Ferrel, PO Box 2086, Beaverton OR 97075-2086
- Mike Meister (26 Dec 2015 2:45pm EST) : Hope everyone had a great Christmas
bmcmjones 3933 (25 Dec 2015 12:12am EST) : Merry Christmas everyone.
Just finished dinner with 15 friends and family.
Get to enjoy the day quietly and eat leftovers.
- Stewart B. Milstein (24 Dec 2015 8:10pm EST) : I am not sure that in Feb 1946 SEPE stood for Seattle, Port of Embarkation. Can anyone confirm via a specific source or reference? Thanks.
- Neal Mills (24 Dec 2015 8:02pm EST) : To all a very Merry Christmas!
- Karl Zurn (22 Dec 2015 2:34pm EST) : I have acquired a good number of ship models and have posted some on www.karlscovers.com until we can set up a separate site. These are museum quality-might want to ask Santa for one.
- Karl Zurn (22 Dec 2015 2:31pm EST) : Some people mentioned on this chat that they could not check out on my site www.karlscovers.com The problem is fixed.
- esink (20 Dec 2015 8:28pm EST) : Thanks Neal and Thad...
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (20 Dec 2015 8:16pm EST) : Elgin - Neal is correct... AE
- Neal Mills (20 Dec 2015 7:13pm EST) : AE
- esink (20 Dec 2015 3:40pm EST) : Thad: What are the 2 letters in that USS FORD address? Thanks.
- Neal Mills (20 Dec 2015 10:59am EST) : Thad, Thank you. Will give it a try.
Thad W. Kaczkowski (19 Dec 2015 8:17pm EST) : Neal,
I sent covers to the COPE, USS Gerald R. Ford CVN 78 using zip code 09523-2807 and they got there. I didn't use the new address format since I didn't have the Unit #. The cancel has the zip 09523-2807 in cancel itself.The covers were serviced with a clear cancel (Dec a tad light) but without a cachet. It was a shot in the dark that hit the mark.
- Neal Mills (19 Dec 2015 4:20pm EST) : Thad W. Kaczkowski, what is the mailing address for USS Gerald R. Ford? Haven't been able to find it. Thanks.
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (19 Dec 2015 4:05pm EST) : Covers arrived today from the USS Gerald R. Ford CVN 78 dated Dec 15, 2015.
- bmcmjones 3933 (18 Dec 2015 10:18pm EST) : USS OMAHA (LCS 12) will be christened in Mobile Alabamuh on Saturday.
bmcmjones 3933 (17 Dec 2015 2:42pm EST) : January 2016 Log is at the printer.
I need more articles for February and March issues.
- lbbrennan (17 Dec 2015 2:00pm EST) : Quiet days here. Hope things are doing better on the FB sites. The new chapters are active and worth following. Some great stuff. Larry
lbbrennan (16 Dec 2015 6:05pm EST) : Richard, Let's talk. I walked over to Utah. I don't know if there are special USCG tours but there might be some help from USN. There has been a lot done about the KIA from USS Oklahoma. I am finishing an article about her for NJ Postal History. Now to select covers. She had lots of postmarks and a few censor devices during her 25 years. NJ built.
Rich Hoffner (16 Dec 2015 5:44pm EST) : Mr. Hoffner,
I spoke to the District Manager in Portland, OR and she stated that they still have a large amount of covers to cancel for Newport, OR and they will get those completed and mailed out after the Holidays. I would look for them about mid -January. I believe there was a large response for the US Coast Guard Pictorial Postmarks and some offices fell behind. I will continue to check in with Newport, OR at the first of January to monitor the progress and will keep you posted.
Thank you for bringing this to my attention and I appreciate your patience.
I hope you have a wonderful Holiday!
USPS/Stamp Fulfillment Services
Rich Hoffner (16 Dec 2015 4:39pm EST) : I am planning a visit to Pearl Harbor in February. I see there is an observation pier to view the Utah. Hopefully I'll get to USS ARIZONA, UTAH and Punch Bowl.
Recent news is the US will embark on a mission to identify the unknowns buried at Punch Bowl after the Dec. 7, 1941 attack. The Defense Dept POW/MIA Accounting Aency will undertake identification of the unknowns, many buried in common graves, by comparing DNA of relatives.
- Rich Hoffner (16 Dec 2015 4:22pm EST) : My local NFCU gave away GO NAVY towels. Hung mine in my front window during the game. If you live close to a branch, stop in and ask if they have any left.
- Rich Hoffner (16 Dec 2015 4:21pm EST) : My STENNIS covers from the ship were sprayed upside down, avoiding the pesky spray over the postmark and pictorial cancel. A little luck I guess as I have seen several that got it right side up.
- Rich Hoffner (16 Dec 2015 4:16pm EST) : Disturbing note from Norfolk post office. They notified me they would use their standard hand cancel on the chapter covers I submitted for the USS John C Stennis anniversary. They claim they had no record of a request for a pictorial. I found a copy of the letter of request, dated September 8. It was properly submitted. I have asked that since the USPS apparently lost the request letter, they consider an extension of the pictorial and have it issued. Norfolk advises they will refer it to the District Customer Services in Richmond VA.
- lbbrennan (15 Dec 2015 6:18pm EST) : another great report Elgin
- esink (15 Dec 2015 3:03pm EST) : Nice FREE frank received today from USS ARLINGTON with corner card updated to include “unit” and “box”, nicely applied ship cachet, clear cancel dtd 25 NOV 2015 with five-digit FPO zip code but without the “unit” and “box”...basically the same as USS KEARSARGE cover reported yesterday.
- lbbrennan (15 Dec 2015 1:17pm EST) : Great and thanks Elgin
- esink (14 Dec 2015 3:16pm EST) : First FREE frank received under new system today from USS KEARSARGE with corner card, nicely applied ship cachet and clear cancel dtd 2 DEC 2015
- Rich Hoffner (14 Dec 2015 2:55pm EST) : Go Eagles!
- Rich Hoffner (14 Dec 2015 2:55pm EST) : Email went out today to "the caves" with reference to a pictorial they approved for 8-4-15 at Newport OR To date, no one has received back covers who sent for it. The pictorial was shown in the Postal Bulletin of 9-17-15 pg 36.
John Young (13 Dec 2015 10:36am EST) : Well, another great game with Navy Midshipmen torpedoing Black Knights
Its like being a Brooklyn Dodger fan of
my youth- wait until next year
Great game, NAVY!
- Craig Martin (13 Dec 2015 3:24am EST) : My Great Uncle was at Pearl on a PT-Boat. He would never talk of his war experiences. Before Pearl, he was on USS Oklahoma (BB-37.) Much of my family on my father's side were from Oklahoma and came to California during the Dust Bowl. But he went into the Navy at age 15 (!). Thus, he was put on the Oklahoma, along w/ many other Oklahomans. Evidently that's how it went back then. If you came from Arizona you were assigned to the Arizona, etc. Am I right?
- Craig Martin (13 Dec 2015 3:05am EST) : Thanks Rich and Larry for the follow up on RDR's stuff and my old number. There is a lot of neat stuff in this collection, but I suspect RDR had some really, really neat stuff like early postal history.
Craig Martin #12377 (12 Dec 2015 11:48pm EST) : That was a good game! Too bad Army lost. They committed suicide. I've got an active Lt. Colonel cousin in the Army who has four Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart, a retired Navy Lt. (jg) uncle 67-69? USS Delta, a retired Marine Corps (two tours) nephew, and a retired Master Sgt. cousin in the Air Force. I am a disabled librarian. Granddad and that uncle are Stanford grads. I'm looking forward to the 40 bowl games topped off by the Rose Bowl.
The BB-3 collection I bought at auction appears possibly to be Dr. RE Nichols collection, or else a remainder from Bob's collection. There are a lot of covers, real photos up to 8 1/2 x 11," postcards and clippings in two big binders.
esink (12 Dec 2015 1:56pm EST) : USS STENNIS covers for 20th Anniversary received today with 9 DEC SPRAYOVERS from Tacoma... cancels and cachets a little over-inked
but one sprayover missed the FPO cancel because I had put the stamp low on the envelope.
John Young (12 Dec 2015 12:26pm EST) : Ahoy Mates,
Getting ready to watch Army-Navy game today with hope for Black Knights
of the Hudson take home the win this
year. Go Army!
- guest_6054 (esink) (11 Dec 2015 9:52pm EST) : hi (back) guest_516...who are you?
- guest_516 (10 Dec 2015 7:42pm EST) : hi
- Thad W. Kaczkowski (08 Dec 2015 6:05pm EST) : Covers from the USS Bonhomme Richard LHD 6 were received today with a new clear cancel and cachet. This is another ship that I have been trying for years to get covers from and they all were returned today. A new mail clerk??? The cancel is the new Unit type. The cancel does not have the ships name in it but rather Unit 100184 FPO AP 96617. This cancel is similar to the one from the USS Fitzgerald DDG 62.
- guest_PHIL SCHREIBER (08 Dec 2015 4:04pm EST) : USCGC POLAR STAR COVER ARRIVED TOAY FROM HONOLULU. GREAT CACHET SPONSORED BY RICH HOFFNER
Jimmy Jordan (07 Dec 2015 11:23pm EST) : Hard copy of the December USCS LOG (First Class Mail) arrived in southeastern North Carolina today.
Just curious - the Feature Cover on the LOG cover has a cancel dated Dec 9 2015 which is still two days in the future. Most interesting!
- lbbrennan (07 Dec 2015 3:30pm EST) : Bob, I am well aware of the loss of Utah and her history. I have spent years involved in arranging the presentation of Chief Tomich's Medal of Honor to his family. In any event, Utah was an auxiliary not a warship when she was lost. I walked across Ford Island to visit the wreck when I spent a few weeks there in the early 2000s. Sad sight. Best Larry
- Bob Lamb (07 Dec 2015 11:35am EST) : As part of the 1931 Disarmament Treaty, the Utah's 12 inch barrels were removed along with 5 inch bombardment guns. The turrets were retained. In later years, as a target ship, the Utah also added and subtracted test gun mounts but nothing bigger than a 5". Utah was scheduled to go to the West Coast on December 6th but Pennsylvania was in the needed dry dock. The dry dock was required to remove the timbers from Utah's deck. Utah was struck by 3 torpedoes (Duds?) between 0756 and 0802 and maybe even one bomb. By 0812 Utah was capsized. Oddly, these attacks occurred despite the Japanese pilots having been giving clear orders to ignore the ship.
lbbrennan (07 Dec 2015 10:15am EST) : I was the unnamed guest.
Remember Pearl Harbor
guest_4547 (07 Dec 2015 6:58am EST) : Rob the naval district commandant at pearl was jewish previously adm claude bloch had been cinc us fleet a four star billet.
Thanks re utah. Another new jersey bilit ship but she wasnt a warship. She had even less combat capacity than uss WYOMING.
Dan Goodwin (06 Dec 2015 8:46am EST) : Navy’s new ‘stealth’ destroyer headed to sea
The BIW-built Zumwalt could cruise down the Kennebec River as early as Monday for long-awaited sea trials of the lead ship in the new class of Navy destroyer.
- Rob Nelson (Member) (05 Dec 2015 5:40pm EST) : Oh, Larry, I think some would make the case that Utah was the first sunk and lost not Oklahoma. While Utah was the oldest ship in port and then a target ship, it was still fast and could have helped in the pacific had she survived. See the chronology in the first link I posted.
- Rob Nelson (Member) (05 Dec 2015 5:37pm EST) : http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/ssisquith.htm
- Rob Nelson (Member) (05 Dec 2015 5:37pm EST) : http://navy.togetherweserved.com/usn/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=CollegeAttendedExt&ID=202972
Rob Nelson (Member) (05 Dec 2015 5:36pm EST) : Larry, here are two more links on Isquith...he is buried with his wife at Arlington. What is remarkable is that he was Jewish and at that time it could be difficult for someone of that faith to advance to flag. His path was slow but he made it. He received the Navy Cross for his actions on Utah as acting commanding officer. He and many of the Utah surviving officers were on the salvage effort after involving the successful re-float of Oklahoma. They were unsuccessful though tried mightily to raise Utah given the encouragement of the success with Oklahoma. Ironically, Utah wasn't even supposed to be a target and Japanese commanders were said to be upset about diversion to that target.
Rob Nelson (Member) (05 Dec 2015 5:29pm EST) : Larry
Here is the link to an exceptional history and article about the Utah which also discusses Isquith
Dan Goodwin (05 Dec 2015 8:06am EST) : KITTERY – The USS Providence has arrived at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for maintenance, repair and modernization.
The Los Angeles-class attack submarine with a crew of 16 officers and 122 enlisted personnel was accompanied by tugboats as it arrived Friday. Shipyard spokesman Gary Hildreth said the nuclear-powered submarine will be spending about 16 months at the shipyard.
The submarine, which is homeported in Groton, Connecticut, is the fifth ship to be named for Providence, Rhode Island. Commissioned in 1985, it’s the first Los Angeles-class submarine to be equipped with the Tomahawk missile vertical launch system.
The sub returned in October from its latest deployment in which it covered more than 32,000 nautical miles while supporting national security.
- lbbrennan (04 Dec 2015 12:59pm EST) : Master Chief Young has a great "Christmas present" for us as the Cover of the month.
- lbbrennan (04 Dec 2015 12:58pm EST) : Stewart we both were UA. Let's do better in 2016.
- Stewart B. Milstein (03 Dec 2015 10:53pm EST) : Missed the NJ Chapter meeting. Will have to make sure that I do not miss the next one.
- lbbrennan (03 Dec 2015 2:02pm EST) : Thanks Glenn
Glenn Smith (03 Dec 2015 9:53am EST) : From Your APS Representative:
There are two articles worth special note in the December American Philatelist:
USCS member Richard Martorelli's fabulous article "Experimenting with Christmas Stamps," and 'The Battle of the Falklands 1914, Mail from a Sailor on the SMS Gneisenau.
- lbbrennan (02 Dec 2015 10:05am EST) : Sorry I missed the NJ Chapter meeting last night. The Pennsylvania trio and many of the usual. NJ Chapter has been a thriving operation for more than 30 years. Thanks to Phil Schreiber we have had a few homes (his) over the decades. Chapters -- real and virtual -- are keys to sustained membership. Just read what our members write here and on the fb sites. The new virtual chapters are brilliant ideas. Make an effort --become an active chapter member or help establish one. It will make your hobby even better and develop life long friendships.
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