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  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Jul 2018 6:54pm EDT) : July hard copy Log arrived Saturday in Pittsburgh.
  • John Young (30 Jun 2018 2:37pm EDT) : Ahoy Mates,
    July eLOG arrived Friday morning & hard copy arrived in the lower Hudson
    Valley in today’s mail.

    Hope everyone has a safe July 4th on Wednesday and half of the Staten Island Fleet Week covers are in the mail.

  • BMCM Jones 3933 (29 Jun 2018 10:50pm EDT) : July 2018 USCS eLOGs have been sent for your weekend reading.

    If you don’t get the pdf, send an email request for a resend.

    August eLOG is almost finished and starting on September articles.

    Just over a month until the convention and I have had no nominations for the annual awards.

    Consider running for the USCS Board for the next elections.

  • Neal Mills (28 Jun 2018 11:54am EDT) : I knew George Barber through the old San Diego chapter and was on USS DIXON (AS37) when he buzzed us in 1980. He was so low that I thought he’d hit our main mast, and the CO did report him to the FAA. He did get some beautiful pictures of DIXON though.
  • LBBrennan (28 Jun 2018 10:01am EDT) : Checking in.
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Jun 2018 1:28pm EDT) : Sad to hear of the passing of George B. Barber of Spring Valley CA. George was a fixture at West Coast conventions for years. I recall several where he came wearing enlisted whites of the Soviet Navy! He was known for buzzing ships off San Diego to take photos for the post card business he ran (Marine Photos & Publishing). I heard he was threatened with being shot down once and was reported to the FAA on several occasions when he didn’t let the ships know he was going to fly over them.
  • Rich Hoffner (26 Jun 2018 10:58am EDT) : July 2018 Meeting Notice

    This years Stephen Decatur Chapter picnic/meeting will be held at 415 Moyer Rd., Souderton PA (Just off the Lansdale exit of the NE Extension of the PA Turnpike).
    Date: 8 July 2018
    Time: 1 PM
    Location: 415 Moyer Rd. 18964

    Invited? Members of the chapter and any USCS members in the area are welcome. RSVP

  • Elgin Sink (25 Jun 2018 2:29pm EDT) : Interesting history about USS NIMITZ CVN 68 which had keel laid fifty years ago: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=106103
  • Elgin Sink (24 Jun 2018 4:07pm EDT) : Thanks Thad for the RIMPAC list…
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (24 Jun 2018 2:10pm EDT) : Got this from the German Blog – RIMPAC ships – USS Carl Vinson CVN 70, USS Lake Champlain CG 57, USS Lake Erie CG 70, USS O’Kane DDG 77, USS Preble DDG 88, USS Halsey DDG 97, USS Sterett DDG 104, USS Dewey DDG 105, USS William P. Lawrence DDG 110, USS Michael Murphy DDG 112, USS Boxer LHD 4, USS Bonhomme Richard LHD 8, USS Harpers Ferry LSD 49, USS Scout MCM 8, USS Aredent MCM 12, USNS Carl Brashear T-AKE 7, USNS Yukon T-AO 202 and USNS Rappahannock T-AO 204. Most of the above ships are have not serviced cover mail. CVN 70, CG 57, CG 70 and LHD 8 are the only ships to respond to my multiple mailings over the past several months. Good luck and report and returns please.
  • Elgin Sink (24 Jun 2018 10:48am EDT) : Stewart: I have not seen the RIMPAC list yet but will let you know when available…
  • Stewart B. Milstein (24 Jun 2018 9:47am EDT) : Hi Elgin: What ships are with CVN-70 in RIMPAC? Thx.
  • guest_3522 (22 Jun 2018 9:49am EDT) : To Guest of Jun 16.

    I am the Chair of the USCS Heirs & Estate Committee, Please feel free to contact me at sbmilstein@gmail.com or 917-453-4612 for assistance in disposing of the collection you wrote about.

  • Rich Hoffner (20 Jun 2018 5:22pm EDT) : If anyone is still awaiting their USS MONTPELIER anniversary covers from March, they have been sent to the Stamp Fulfillment Services Center in Kansas City for cancelling. This information is from the Customer Services Coordinator at Norfolk.
  • Elgin Sink (19 Jun 2018 1:48pm EDT) : Get your covers ready for RIMPAC 2018: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=106049
  • guest_3882 (16 Jun 2018 1:26pm EDT) : I am looking for any and all assistance with regards to my deceased father in laws collection of ship and postage cancellation collections. The collection is large and i am in unfamiliar waters. Regards
  • LBBrennan (14 Jun 2018 12:14pm EDT) : Great news about the long-overdue return of covers with new postmarks.

    Thanks for the information and encouragement

  • Rich Hoffner (14 Jun 2018 1:10am EDT) : Several months ago I submitted an order to Zazzle.Com for two designs, each showing a U S Navy SSN at sea (VA Class and LA Class). The order was rejected and monies refunded by them with a notice that the photos I used “may” violate someone’s copyright and that they could not violate USPS rules on intellectual property rights. The photos I used were in the public domain. Recently I took them to task to tell me how I can submit evidence that the photos were indeed in the public domain. There was no way to do this when ordering these personal postage stamps on their site. The answer was that they have now suspended issuing photo stamps and that I should take my complaints to the USPS in Washington DC. This should be interesting journey. It took me nearly a year to convince the USPS that I could submit pictorial postmarks showing navy ship crests (also in the public domain). I intend to do as they suggest and chase the windmills as Don Quixote did. How did that story work out?
  • Elgin Sink (12 Jun 2018 10:20pm EDT) : Rich/The commissioning covers arrived (within a week or so) through the mail nicely done from the PORTLAND with the FPO pictorial. I had also sent a couple covers to be processed by the ship and returned in a SASE in case the others might be ruined by an over-cancel. THESE have not been received yet…
  • john macco (12 Jun 2018 6:37pm EDT) : Great job on cover. I was amazed it did not get overcancelled.
  • Rich Hoffner (12 Jun 2018 2:12pm EDT) : Covers from Kittery ME 03904 for THRESHER came in today. I did one for all USCS members who have covers on hand for the USCS cover service. Miracle was that they were not over-cancelled.
  • Rich Hoffner (12 Jun 2018 2:09pm EDT) : My USS PORTLAND covers from Portland OR came in yesterday. I guess my email to the district folks got them moving. Nothing from ship, have to check on that.
  • Rich Hoffner (12 Jun 2018 2:07pm EDT) : Courtesy of Phil Edwards, I received a cancel today from USS BENFOLD DDG 65. Have not had a return from her with a new cancel in a long time. It is a Unit # postmark. Will scan it on the USCS Facebook page.
  • Elgin Sink (12 Jun 2018 1:45pm EDT) : Has anybody received any FPO ship covers from the MITSCHER or ARLINGTON cancelled during the Fleet Week NYC event?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (11 Jun 2018 6:15pm EDT) : Another fine cover received today from a ship I have been sending to for years with no results but now… USS BENFOLD DDG 65 zip 96661. Excellent Unit 100177 cancel.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (06 Jun 2018 5:46pm EDT) : Elgin – just received new cancels from USS WASP LHD 1 (96692) and USS Mesa Verde LPD 19 (09578)- the cancels are new and very good. Also received cover from USS Roosevelt yesterday (nice but very light). I have loads of covers out and not much coming back. Not like the old days when almost 100 percent were returned, including submarines. I quit sending to subs all together… a waste of time and money.
  • Elgin Sink (06 Jun 2018 1:39pm EDT) : Presently experiencing a cover “drought” from navy ships with very few received in quite awhile, and suspect I am not the only one…
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (06 Jun 2018 9:31am EDT) : Has anyone received covers from the CITY of Portland for the commissioning of USS Portland? I sent to address in Postal Bulletin – Commissioning Station – USS Portland, Philatelic/Services Postmarks, PO Box 2229, Portland, OR 97208-2229 – nothing. Received the ship sponsored commissioning pictorial that I sent for. No other cancels from this ship either. How about Fleet Week Everglades? Nothing here also. Sent to address in Postal Bulletin.
  • Elgin Sink (05 Jun 2018 2:02pm EDT) : Thanks, Phil, but only interested in the FPO cancels from the ships.
  • LBBrennan (05 Jun 2018 10:23am EDT) : Guest 524 thanks. That is interesting news. While many of our members are postmark collectors, and USN ships’ postmarks were authorized in 1908, the information re US ships is most helpful. Does USPPS have a website? Thanks, Larry Brennan
  • LBBrennan (05 Jun 2018 10:20am EDT) : John please stay seated. I heard that a recent Graf von Spee was beheaded passing under a low bridge. See you next week Enjoy springtime for Germany.
  • LBBrennan (05 Jun 2018 10:19am EDT) : Thanks Phil. The info is always posted on the NY Council Navy League’s website when made public. This year was different. We had the CO/XO reception and the NY Athletic Club. Great event and interesting to chat with the officers and sailors who restored my faith in the USN.
  • Elgin Sink (04 Jun 2018 3:38pm EDT) : Anybody try sending covers to NYC Fleet Week #30 event this year? (Have seen minimal publicity this year about the event…)
  • Elgin Sink (04 Jun 2018 1:44pm EDT) : June hardcopy periodical rate LOG received in central PA Harrisburg area today…
  • John Young (04 Jun 2018 11:41am EDT) : Still on the Rhine. Another day, another Catherdal and no stamp shops. Lots of river boats. Wonder if they have any cachet’s.

    Only saw one police boat on the Mosel River

  • Elgin Sink (31 May 2018 11:00pm EDT) : Quick reading of June eLOG just happened, Richard…Superb issue and will take “longer” to absorb the hard copy when received.
  • BMCM Jones 3933 (31 May 2018 10:01pm EDT) : June 2018 eLOG pdf version has been sent to 300+ members who requested it.
  • Rich Hoffner (30 May 2018 11:27am EDT) : Below message received today from the USPS at Portsmouth NH. Postmark was ordered today and will be shipped to Portsmouth directly from manufacturer. Expect delays!

    “We have tried unsuccessfully to get a rubber stamp made for the USS MANCHESTER.

    I am respectfully accepting your offer to get the stamp made.

    Please contact me if there is any questions or concerns.

    Thank you,”

  • guest_5234 (30 May 2018 11:15am EDT) : The US Possessions Philatelic Society (USPPS) has just published Puerto Rico During the Spanish American War, 1898-1900 by Bill DiPaolo including the history of the Puerto Rican campaign with capsule summaries of each naval ship, transport and military unit involved on the island. The 150-page volume is available through the USPPS. Domestic postpaid prices are $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers. For more information and ordering, email uspps.possessions@gmail.com.
  • John Young (29 May 2018 10:06pm EDT) : Ahoy Mates
    Still enjoying our cruise on the Rhine & Mosel Rivers aboard Grand Circle ship River Melody that departed Basel, Switzerland 5/23 and will arrive in Antwerp, Belgium on D-Day anniv. Will be home in time for New Jersey chapter
    Meeting on Flag Day.
    Cheers & beers
  • guest_5481 (28 May 2018 7:51pm EDT) : This was me LBB
  • guest_5481 (28 May 2018 7:50pm EDT) : Commodore John Barry Book Award for American Maritime Literature
    presented, 6 June 2018,
    7 PM award dinner is preceded by a 6 PM reception
    Fraunces Tavern Museum (58 Pearl St., NYC).
    by the
    Navy League of the United States, New York Council
    Distinguished Professor of American History Robert P. Watson, Ph.D.
    The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn
    An Untold Story of the American Revolution
    The Commodore John Barry Book Award, established by the Navy League of the United States, New York Council, will be awarded at a 7:00 PM dinner in Fraunces Tavern on Wednesday evening, 6th June 2018. The Award recognizes significant contributions to American Maritime Literature. The inspiration for this Award is the life and service of Commodore John Barry (1745-1803), a Continental Navy hero of the American Revolution / War for Independence, chosen by President George Washington, in 1794, to build and lead the new United States Navy, which under the Constitution of the United States, was ordered by Congress, as the successor to the Continental Navy.
    Public Law 109-142 -Pursuant to a Joint Resolution of Congress, 22 December 2005, John Barry was formally recognized, in the public law of the United States, as the first flag officer of the United States Navy. The Commodore John Barry Memorial, just inside the “Barry Gate,” at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, was dedicated on 10 May 2014, with Tim McGrath, author of John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail (2010) as the principal speaker. John Barry, a native of County Wexford, Ireland, was a merchant captain, sailing out of Philadelphia, who offered his services to the Second Continental Congress and was commissioned a Captain in the Continental Navy on 7 December 1775.
    The Commodore John Barry Book Award for American Maritime Literature is awarded annually at a dinner, fittingly, at Fraunces Tavern®, where General George Washington – “Cincinnatus of the West” – celebrated the evacuation of the last British forces from New York – the last day of the American War for Independence, hosted by New York Governor George Clinton, 25 November 1783 – and later bade farewell to his officers, 4 December in 1783, prior to returning his commission to Congress.
    The 7 PM award dinner is preceded by a 6 PM reception, co-sponsored by the Naval Historical Foundation and by the National Maritime Historical Society, in the “Davis Flag Gallery” of Fraunces Tavern Museum (58 Pearl St., NYC).
    The most horrific struggle of the American Revolution / War for Independence occurred just 100 yards off New York, where more men died aboard a rotting English prison ship than were otherwise lost in the entirety of the war. Moored in Wallabout Bay, off Brooklyn, until the end of the war, the derelict ship, the HMS Jersey, was a living hell for thousands of Americans, either captured by the British, or accused of disloyalty. Crammed below decks — a shocking one thousand at a time — without light or fresh air, the prisoners were scarcely fed food and water. Disease ran rampant and human waste fouled the air as prisoners suffered mightily at the hands of brutal British and Hessian guards. Throughout the colonies (later States), the mere mention of the ship sparked fear and loathing of British troops. It also sparked a backlash of outrage as newspapers everywhere described the horrors of the ghostly ship. This shocking event, much like the better-known Boston Massacre before it, ended up rallying support for Independence, and for the war. Revealing for the first time hundreds of accounts culled from old newspapers, diaries, and military reports, in The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution award-winning historian Robert P. Watson follows the lives and ordeals of the few survivors to tell the astonishing story of the cursed ship that killed thousands of Americans, and yet helped to secure victory in the fight for Independence. This is a story that needs to be better known.
    For additional information, and for dinner reservations, please contact Jessica Hitchen at the Navy League of the United States, New York Council at (212) 825-7333, or via e-mail at jhitchen@nynavyleague.org.
    Dinner tickets are priced at $85/person. RSVP by 1 June 2018.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 May 2018 9:14pm EDT) : Thanks Elgin – I sent for the Portland’s regular ship cancel after the commissioning and also to Ralph Johnson and haven’t received anything. I was wondering if it was just me. Thanks again.
  • Elgin Sink (23 May 2018 8:05pm EDT) : Thad, the only item received was the uncacheted cover with the FPO pictorial from the PORTLAND; nothing ever received from JOHNSON.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 May 2018 10:54am EDT) : Has anyone received covers from USS RALPH JOHNSON DDG 114, USS PORTLAND LPD 27 (Ship cancel not ship pictorial) or the pictorial from the city of Portland for the USS PORTLAND LPD 27 FDC ?
  • Rich Hoffner (21 May 2018 5:52pm EDT) : http://www.ussmanchester.org/news-stories?newsid=49&regid=35632984122666951234515&emaillogid=92
  • Rich Hoffner (17 May 2018 7:09pm EDT) : Some recent event dates:

    USS HYMAN G. RICKOVER SSN 795 Keel Laying N. Kingstown RI May 11

    USS DANIEL INOUYE DDG 118 Keel Laying Bath ME May 14

    USS MONTANA SSN 974 Keel Laying, Newport News VA May 16

    Not sure why Navy kept the dates for SSN 795 and SSN 794 so quiet. VIP’s must have had lead time to attend.

  • Rich Hoffner (15 May 2018 7:03pm EDT) : Heard from several collectors that their covers have not returned for the MONTPELIER anniversary. I spoke with Mrs. Gregory at Norfolk and she advises that there is a new retail manager for Norfolk and that the MONTPELIER cancel is on order.
  • Steve Shay (06 May 2018 5:13pm EDT) : Here is information on the USCS Convention that will be held in Columbus, Ohio on August 9 – 12 at StampShow 2018.

    The show hotel is Crown Plaza at 33 Nationwide Blvd, Columbus. The show room rate is $135 per night and at this time (May 6), all king units are sold out. Reservations need to be made by June 30 to get the show rate. Reference APS when making a reservation.

    Parking at the hotel is $28 per day. There are other lots in the area within a 5-10 minute walk with rates of $10-$12. The show will be held in the Greater Columbus Convention Center and parking there is $12 per day. The Convention Center is less than a 5 minute walk from the hotel.

    There are several restaurants within a half mile of the hotel.

    Transportation cost from the airport to the hotel, 13 miles away, is $28 one way for an Airport Shuttle or $40 one way for a taxi. Uber or Lyft is also an option and should be less than a taxi.

    The USCS meetings that will be held are:

    Thursday 1 PM: Presentation by Mike Meister, Life as a Navy Mail Clerk
    Friday 11 AM: Pearl Harbor Chapter Meeting
    Friday 7 PM: Board Meeting
    Saturday Noon: Presentation by Greg Ciesielski, Postmark Updates & The Naval Cover Museum
    Saturday 2 PM: Presentation by Steve Shay, Naval Unofficial First Day Covers
    Saturday 9 PM: Auction

    There will be a USCS hospitality suite in the hotel, open Wednesday – Saturday nights in the Millcreek Suite, Room 315.

    There will be 900 exhibit frames and over 100 dealers are expected at the show.

    The show banquet will be held Saturday night at 7 PM. Banquet tickets are $50 and can be ordered on the APS website @stamps.org/stampshow The price is $55 after July 15.

  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (05 May 2018 3:17pm EDT) : Anyone know the mailing address for the pictorial – 2018 Summer Sail – Departing Station – USCGC Eagle? It is to be New London, CT 06320 but what is the mailing address to send covers. Event is May 12, 2018. Thanks.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (03 May 2018 10:29am EDT) : Another new cancel received yesterday (5-4). This one is from USS LABOON DDG 58. Very clear, done in red on April 3, 2018. It’s the AE 4 zip code (AE 09577). Very nicely done.
  • Mike Meister (02 May 2018 9:36pm EDT) : Received my covers from HARTFORD in today’s mail with a 4/26 Groton postmark.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (02 May 2018 9:56am EDT) : WOW – Received covers today from a ship that I have been sending to for years with no results. Yesterday, I received two superbly service covers from the USS GREEN BAY LPD 20. The new cancel is of the Unit # type – Unit 100218.
  • BMCM Jones 3933 (01 May 2018 1:25pm EDT) : PCU TULSA (LCS 16) Commission, San Francisco in late 2018Delivered yesterday.


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