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Online Chat Archives – September – November, 2018


  • Elgin Sink (03 Dec 2018 3:06pm EST) : Hard copy periodical rate DEC LOG received in central PA today…super issue!
  • John Young (30 Nov 2018 4:47pm EST) : Ahoy Mates,
    USCGC KIMBALL (WMSL 757) will be
    formerly commissioned in January at ISC Honolulu.

    Its mailing address: 400 Sand Island Pkwy., Honolulu HI 96819-4398

  • Elgin Sink (29 Nov 2018 8:07pm EST) : Here is interesting info and background about USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) commissioning this Saturday, 1 DEC:
  • lbbrennan (29 Nov 2018 5:30pm EST) : Checking in. Don’t know if this has been working lately.
  • guest_7279 (28 Nov 2018 9:57am EST) : The Sales Circuit has received a consignment of Greenland Arctic Supply Ships, and Foreign Arctic covers, If you want to be included on the circuit, even on a one-time only basis, please let me know.
  • BMCMJONES (27 Nov 2018 12:26pm EST) : The latest update 2018 USCS Catalog of Naval Postmarks pdf was sent to all members who had emails for the USCS eLOG.

    If you did not get the pdf, send me an email request for 2108 Catalog Update to bmcmrdjones@gmail.com

  • Lbbrennan (25 Nov 2018 8:30am EST) : Happy Sunday of thanksgiving weekend. The cold and rain have broken. Going to be mid 50s

    Anyone else interested in WWI return postcards from ships carrying the AEF home.

  • Stewart B. Milstein (23 Nov 2018 12:03am EST) : Still Thursday in AZ where it is a balmy 52. Much to be thankful for, especially in view of what happened in the fires in CA.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (22 Nov 2018 8:25pm EST) : Dennis, I too have had not been able to access the German site yesterday or today. I thought it was something I was doing. I read it almost everyday when it was up.
  • Dennis Gill (22 Nov 2018 12:21pm EST) : Has anyone been able to access, recently, the “German U.S. Navy” site at www.usnavy-schiffspost.de? I’ve been trying for the past few days, unsuccessfully. Among other things the site has always been especially useful in showing Wolfgang Hechler’s upcoming postal cancel designs.
  • John Young (22 Nov 2018 9:48am EST) : Wishing all, a Happy Thanksgiving on this sunny, but very cold day in lower Hudson Valley.
  • Elgin Sink (19 Nov 2018 6:51pm EST) : Nicely processed FREE frank received today from USS ESSEX LHD-2 with clear corner card and cancel dtd OCT 27 2018 (Navy Day), but no ship cachet.
  • Dan Goodwin (17 Nov 2018 4:41pm EST) : Apparently “service” has been deleted from their name. It appears that way where I live.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Nov 2018 10:51pm EST) : It appears that my official request paperwork for a Commissioning pictorial at Annapolis MD for USS SIOUX CITY was ignored. I made several calls to several branch offices in Annapolis and none were fruitful. I got busy signals, voice mail and some phones rang without anyone answering. I did find an email for the postmaster, and the entire package was sent to them but no reply. Also sent an email to USPS Cancellations Div. in Kansas City MO with no results.
  • Neal Mills (16 Nov 2018 5:29pm EST) : Guest_2812 — Walter Crosby was a member, USCS #69.
  • guest_2812 (16 Nov 2018 4:04pm EST) : Can someone tell me is Crosby was a USCS member, and if so what was his number. Thanks
  • Stewart B. Milstein (14 Nov 2018 7:33pm EST) : Scanning of paper ephemera would keep someone busy for a very long time.
  • Jim Willoughby – 11835 (14 Nov 2018 10:48am EST) : I requested an address change in August, received the September Log (forwarded bu USPS) , but never received October and November. My new address is: Jim Willoughby, 2877 Seven Falls Dr. SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. Please document change and provide missing issues of the Log. Respectfully! Thanks,


  • Lbbrennan (14 Nov 2018 12:53am EST) : Things seem Aok. Not sure FB works.

    Has USCS thought of scanning and posting launching, commissioning programs and welcome aboard booklets. These might interest other naval
    Enthusiasts and collectors.

  • Stewart B. Milstein (13 Nov 2018 12:09am EST) : Anyone have a good FPO address for USS MICHAEL MONSOOR DDG-1001 heading for commissioning at Coronado CA in Jan?
  • Rich Hoffner (12 Nov 2018 10:54pm EST) : While printing my MONTANA Keel Laying covers, I noticed the hand cancel from Newport News VA is an error cancel. Wrong zip. Reads 32607 not 23607.
  • Rich Hoffner (12 Nov 2018 7:52pm EST) : I can’t locate any publicity for the Keel Laying of VERMONT SSN 792. Usually there is a ceremony to initial a plate to be affixed to the sub. No mention of this in any searches I have made from the Internet. Anyone else find anything? Actually there seems to be very little info on the Christening ceremony on the net.
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Nov 2018 1:54pm EST) : John Young. Have you developed a contact to get Launch dates early for the WPC’s at Bollinger? Would be nice to get the dates early to send for covers at Lockport LA.
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Nov 2018 1:51pm EST) : Covers just in for KL 974 Montana, KL/Chris 972 Vermont and Chris 971 Delaware. 974 covers a tad late (5-16-18).
  • Stewart B. Milstein (10 Nov 2018 11:10pm EST) : Excellent piece by Norman Friedman toward the rear pages of the current USNI Proceedings. Aside from a very learned look at Gallipoli, his comments about Chinese reliance on sea trade are very good. I have this mental image of mainland China being much like Japan vis a vis the need to import and export.
  • Rich Hoffner (10 Nov 2018 9:21pm EST) : Just uploaded many Navy ship programs to benefit Stew Milstein’s USCS circuit program. Seller is patchasnaval

    Some have asked how to get to this seller on eBay. First you need to log into your account.

    To find patchesnaval:

    Go to site map at the bottom of the page after you sign in your account.

    On that page scroll down to “Find a member”, click on it.

    A new page will open.

    Go down to “sellers”

    Click on “Only show items from”, a box will let you type in patchesnaval.

    Then click on search.

    That will do it.

  • Rich Hoffner (06 Nov 2018 12:14pm EST) : I have 114 items listed on eBay with proceeds to USCS. Seller: patchesnaval

    There are covers, patches and other memorabilia listed.

  • Rich Hoffner (05 Nov 2018 3:50pm EST) : Here is some “food for thought” from Wolfgang Hechler. Were you trying to figure out a FPO number for a new construction ship?

    On original rules of USPS of the U S Navy the surnames first letter was essential for the zip code. This would be AE 09574 for letter “I” of Ignatius. First name Paul stands for “P” and would be AE 09582.

    I know that the U.S. Navy has forgotten their original rules and often uses first name essential for zip code.
    USS JASON DUNHAM is FPO AE 09567 correctly for “D” and not AE 095675 for “J”.

    On the other hand USS FORREST SHERMAN (DDG-98) is bad done AE 09569 for “F” instead of correctly AE 09587 for “S”.
    Only big ships: CVN, CV, LHA, LPH, LHD, LCC, AD, AR, AS had their own zip code, same like shore stations.
    USS RAFAEL PERALTA (DDG-115) zip code is AP 96694. This is like big ships in previous years. But correctly should be AP 96675 for “P” or maybe even AP 96677 for “R”.
    So you see that the officials nowadays have no clue about zip codes for navy ships.

  • Rich Hoffner (05 Nov 2018 2:15pm EST) : The latest secretaries report shows 5 new members. That is a goal we should strive for in the future. Five a month will go a long way toward a stronger society. You can help with retention. Each of us should take a moment to write a note to new members and even include a duplicate cover or two. This will go toward a positive feeling to the new member and perhaps get them to renew after their first year.
  • Rich Hoffner (05 Nov 2018 1:17pm EST) : Tomorrow is an important day. Don’t miss out on exercising your right to vote.
  • Rich Hoffner (29 Oct 2018 9:00pm EDT) : Bob Montague. Consider selling via eBay offering worldwide shipping. May be some interest.
  • Rich Hoffner (29 Oct 2018 8:58pm EDT) : From Portsmouth NH post office today:

    Hi Rich,

    I just spoke to Peggy at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and I believe that there were a couple letters that came early and /or didn’t specify what they wanted. If it is addressed to Postmaster , USS New Hampshire cancellation request – Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, NH 03804-9998 , that should do the trick. If it is addressed to USS New Hampshire request
    345 Heritage Avenue, Portsmouth ,NH 03801-9998 that should get to her too, we get a lot of her mail here and sort it.

    Thanks Again for everything!


  • guest_4530 (29 Oct 2018 4:31pm EDT) : Ok. Thanks. I will look for it.
  • Neal Mills (29 Oct 2018 11:33am EDT) : guest 4530: The group’s Facebook page is ‘universal ship cancellation society’. It is a closed page so you’ll have to ask to join but USCS membership is not a requirement.
  • guest_9864 (29 Oct 2018 3:00am EDT) : My name is Rob Montague and I was based in Seattle on the HMAS Darwin from 1983-1985. I produced all of the Ship cancellations celebrating events of Darwin’s time in U.S. waters (e.g. 1st missile firing, port visits to Sacremento, Sabn Francisco, San Diego etc and travelling back to Australia before posting off of her in mid 1985. I have a large number of 1st day covers that I would like to sell and was wondering if anyone can give me some advice as to the best way to do this in the USA. I can be contacted on ntagencies@bigpond.com

    Rob Montague

  • guest_4530 (28 Oct 2018 7:40pm EDT) : Do you have a Facebook page?
  • Mike Meister (25 Oct 2018 8:41pm EDT) : Just checking in
  • John Young (23 Oct 2018 3:04pm EDT) : She will home-ported in San Pedro CA
  • John Young (23 Oct 2018 3:02pm EDT) : Rich Hoffner,

    was launched 18 AUG 2018 & will be commissioned in February 2019

  • Elgin Sink (22 Oct 2018 3:38pm EDT) : USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT CVN 71 cover…originally sent and requested to be cancelled on OCT 27 2018 which is the 160th Anniversary of the late president’s birth. ‘Must be “back to the future” because received today nicely cancelled OCT 27 2018 with a San Diego “spray” dtd OCT 18…not complaining because always get good processing from this carrier.
  • Rich Hoffner (20 Oct 2018 2:43pm EDT) : Following email sent to CO of WPC 1120 to see if I can get a handle on FDC for WPC 1121.

    Sir, can you give me a contact for ROBERT WARD WPC 1121? I would like to make contact with the CO and plan on a pictorial postmark for their commissioning date in San Pedro.


    Rich Hoffner
    Universal Ship Cancellation Society

  • Rich Hoffner (20 Oct 2018 11:08am EDT) : (2018)
  • Rich Hoffner (20 Oct 2018 11:08am EDT) : Not sure why when I type in 2018, an emotion digital image appears
  • Rich Hoffner (20 Oct 2018 11:07am EDT) : Boston post office called me yesterday to let me know the pictorial for USS THOMAS HUDNER (Dec 1, 2018) was approved.
    Send covers to:
    Commissioning Station USS Thomas Hudner
    Greater Boston District Retail
    25 Dorchester Ave Rm 4009
    Boston MA 02205-9600
  • Elgin Sink (19 Oct 2018 1:55pm EDT) : TRUMAN Strike Group enters Arctic Circle for NATO exercise…Cover opportunity for naval and polar collectors? https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=107489
  • Keith MacKay (19 Oct 2018 6:26am EDT) : Thanks for the suggestion, Rich.
  • Rich Hoffner (18 Oct 2018 10:58pm EDT) : Had a call yesterday from the employee at the Portsmouth NH post office with reference to the upcoming anniversary pictorial for USS NEW HAMPSHIRE. The employee who handled pictorials in the past retired and they were having problems figuring out what to do. I referred them to Rubber Stamp Champ, but they were leaning toward a self-inker from a local franchise store. But they mentioned that the last one they had from there was poorly done and gave poor strikes. To go the route of RSC, they do not accept government (USPS eBuy) payments. As a last resort, they asked if the USCS could donate the pictorial. The device has been ordered and should be in place in a few days.
  • Rich Hoffner (18 Oct 2018 10:52pm EDT) : Keith, check with USCS member/dealer Paul Huber. He has a nice selection of Hobby Shop cachets. He may have one available.
  • Keith MacKay (18 Oct 2018 9:40pm EDT) : Anyone know where I could find a Hobby Shop fake USS Potomac cover dated in August 1941 commemorating the Roosevelt-Churchill High Seas Meeting?
  • Stewart B. Milstein (18 Oct 2018 5:52pm EDT) : Effective Oct 19 to about May 5, 2019 the Sales Circuit is operating out of PO Box 1051, Cortaro AZ 85652-1051.
    Please consider the Sales Circuit as a way of finding a new home for the covers that you no longer want and as a means of acquiring the funds to purchase the covers you seek.
  • Rich Hoffner (18 Oct 2018 10:42am EDT) : Wonder if one of our members purchased the Hobby Shop fake ARIZONA cover. I collect the Hobby Shop cachets and have paid hefty prices from dealers for some, but that selling price is just crazy. Hobby shop did more them USN ships, many are from HMS ships, assorted fraternal and stamp club conventions and rural mail bus covers and some air covers. A catalog of their covers seems in order. Many can be found in the USCS Naval Cover Museum.
  • Rich Hoffner (18 Oct 2018 10:37am EDT) : I had pencilled in a projected date for DELAWARE SSN 789 Christening as 10-18, so it appears that the date changed again? Glad I had not sent covers yet.
  • Rich Hoffner (18 Oct 2018 10:28am EDT) : Thanks to Neal Mills for the following news item:

    Submarine Vermont to be christened Saturday at Electric Boat

    Published October 16. 2018 8:31PM

    Groton – A christening ceremony will be held for the future attack submarine Vermont SSN 792 at Electric Boat’s headquarters here on Saturday (Oct. 20, 2018).

    A very stealthy event. I had not seen any previous announcements on this anywhere. Nor have I seen any announcements on a keel laying for SSN 792. I did some searching and found this sentence in with info on the KL of SSN 795. (Other Virginia-class milestones this year include the commissioning of the USS Indiana (SSN 789) and the combined keel laying and christening of USS Vermont (SSN 792), both currently projected to occur in the fall.). So perhaps a new event, a combined Keel Laying and Christening, all wrapped up in one?

  • Mike Meister (17 Oct 2018 6:08pm EDT) : All other FPO AA # are 34090 091 092 and 093 so 087 is a new #
  • Neal Mills (17 Oct 2018 11:09am EDT) : Mike – the October 1st SNDL has a number of ships with FPO AA. It appears to be assigned to ships homeported in Mayport, FL. Don’t know if its new or not.
  • Mike Meister (16 Oct 2018 9:40pm EDT) : This is the first I’ve seen an FPO AA 34087 address. Is this something new?
  • Elgin Sink (15 Oct 2018 7:40pm EDT) : Thanks Neal for that info…
  • Neal Mills (15 Oct 2018 3:39pm EDT) : Elgin – the Hudner’s address is:

    Unit 100383 Box 1
    FPO AA 34087

  • Elgin Sink (14 Oct 2018 10:02pm EDT) : What is (or will be) the PCU HUDNER’s FPO address?
  • john macco` (14 Oct 2018 11:08am EDT) : I received a cover that was cancelled on July 31, 2018 from the USS Mesa Verde FPO AE 09578 with a cachet which stated First Day Postal Service. Cananybody confirm this or were they using an old cachet? I will post scan on facebook page.
  • Elgin Sink (10 Oct 2018 6:45pm EDT) : …and especially the buyer!
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (10 Oct 2018 3:19pm EDT) : WOW – Good price for a fake. Hope the word got back to the seller or eBay.
  • Elgin Sink (09 Oct 2018 1:38pm EDT) : Thad/ Finally sold for $202 with 26 bids…was too close to the end to send messages when I saw it…
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 Oct 2018 8:52am EDT) : I couldn’t find the ARIZONA cover on Ebay. I would have sent a message to seller about the fake
  • Elgin Sink (08 Oct 2018 9:05pm EDT) : If the ARIZONA Hobby Shop fake cover I see now is the one presently going for $186.50 with about 25 bids, it does not even have a completely legible clear cancel wording between the triple killer bars. There are other Hobby Shop covers on eBay advertised honestly as fakes.
  • Dave Kent (08 Oct 2018 6:24pm EDT) : A seller is offering the ARIZONA Hobby Shop fake cover on eBay without identifying it as a fake. I notified him that the cover is a fake several days ago. The bid is now nearly $200. I recommend that everyone bombard this seller with outraged messages demanding that he remove the cover from sale.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (08 Oct 2018 5:42pm EDT) : I just heard back from Huntington Ingalls Industries that the christening of DELAWARE SSN 791 will be October 20, 2018.
  • Stewart B. Milstein (05 Oct 2018 10:07pm EDT) : Looking for info about the S.S, ANDES. Have a straight line name rubber stamp on a cover dated Jan 21, 1898.
  • guest_8269 (04 Oct 2018 6:39pm EDT) : Question regarding Winfred Grandy and your Association. Name & Email

    John Withers

  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Oct 2018 8:23pm EDT) : Elgin – I too received the “Red Finger” from USS Lake Erie CG 70 along with USS Rafael Peralta DDG 115. Received nicely service covers from USS Tortuga LSD 46 – new cancel I beleive.
  • Elgin Sink (01 Oct 2018 2:20pm EDT) : USS LAKE ERIE CG 70 covers were sent on JUN 19 for the ship’s 25th commissioning anniversary were received today from an LS3 with directory service RTS “finger” on SEP 17. Probably languished in a drawer or slot for 3 months before their return unprocessed.
  • Stewart B. Milstein (28 Sep 2018 10:01pm EDT) : Looking to determine the physical location of USN Fleet Hospital 111. I am not sure whether it was on Saipan or Iwo Jima.
  • Stewart B. Milstein (28 Sep 2018 10:00pm EDT) : Hi Neal: Look fort me using lower case letters, i.e. cva58. I have 20+ covers that will close on Mon. Oct 1.
  • john macco (28 Sep 2018 10:44am EDT) : oct elog arrived today
  • Neal Mills (27 Sep 2018 7:56pm EDT) : Stewart Milstein – have you listed anything on eBay recently? I don’t find anything when I look for CVA58.
  • Keith MacKay (guest 5517) (25 Sep 2018 10:34pm EDT) : Thanks, Stewart. I’ll check that out in the morning.
  • Stewart B. Milstein (25 Sep 2018 9:40pm EDT) : NAS HALIFAX. Try either googling or go to the Naval History & Hertitage Command site and typing in NAS HALIFAX.

    I have seen covers done by either Czubay and/or Hutnick.

  • guest_5517 (25 Sep 2018 4:26am EDT) : I’m interested in learning about the US Naval Air Station at Halifax, Nova Scotia. Anyone know of a source of info about it and/or covers related to it ?
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Sep 2018 1:55pm EDT) : UPDATES on pictorials and event dates:

    USS INDIANA SSN 789 Commissioning 9-29-18 Cape Canaveral FL 32920 to CC 7-27-18 approved
    USS NEW HAMPSHIRE SSN-778 10th Anniv. In Commission 10-25-18 PORTSMOUTH, NH to Portsmouth NH approved
    USS BUFFALO SSN-715 35th Anniv. In Commission 11-5-18 NORFOLK to Norfolk 8-30-18
    USS HAMPTON SSN-767 25th Anniv. In Commission 11-6-18 NORFOLK to Norfolk 08-30-18

    USCGC FORREST REDNOUR WPB-1129 Commissioning 11-8-18 approved – but mailing address will be to USPS Los Angeles District address not San Pedro CA (see address below)

    USCGC Forrest Rednour – Commissioning Sta.
    Los Angeles District
    7001 S. Central Ave. RM 337a
    Los Angeles, CA 90052-9601

    USS DELAWARE SSN 791 Christening was cancelled (9-15-18) due to Hurricane FLORENCE. No new date set, but a mid- October date is expected.

  • carol derhaaag (18 Sep 2018 8:53pm EDT) : Hi I have covers of the uss New York. With two ships with a small foil at thge bottom with the ship in it. They also say Marry Christmas Happy New Year in red.
    What i want to do is find out how much they are worth. I also want to sale them. Do you know anyone I could talk to. I am in Washington St.

    Thank you

  • guest_6759 (18 Sep 2018 5:32pm EDT) : I have 14 stamped Constitution covers during the cruise 1931- 1933 is their any interest, cedickens@verizon.net
  • Neal Mills (15 Sep 2018 6:14pm EDT) : From the Delaware Facebook page:
    “Unfortunate news, Christening Ceremony scheduled for Saturday the 15th is postponed due to impending weather. Targeting a date in second half of October, will post date once it is finalized.”
  • Elgin Sink (14 Sep 2018 1:42pm EDT) : Interesting info on Navy support during Hurricane Florence: https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=107069 Hope all our USCS North and South Carolina members have gotten to safe areas.
  • guest_992 (08 Sep 2018 10:23am EDT) : Hi Peter: The only suggestion that I can offer was that the letter was posted aboard the ship before it docked in NY. The ship may have been on French time which would put it at least 5 hours ahead of NY. The current practice is that many of the passenger vessels that dock in NY do so early in the morning hours (0500-0800). The mail could have been transferred to GPO NY and then it was over-cancelled (not an uncommon practice then and now). Hope this helps. Stewart B. Milstein
  • guest_5478 (04 Sep 2018 11:03am EDT) : I have a cover bearing a single 772 stamp addressed to St. Anne, Illinois. It is postmarked July 4, 1935 at the GPO in New York. It also has a blue double oval cancellation with CIe Gle Transatlantique and Champlain dated 5 Juil 1935.
    Compagnie Générale Transatlantique was the French line of trans-Atlantic passenger ships. Since the letter went from New York to Illinois, does anyone have a suggestion as to why the cancellation was also placed on the envelope.

    Thank you.

    Peter LaPlaca

  • Elgin Sink (01 Sep 2018 5:47pm EDT) : Just returned from BALPEX…nice show and great exhibits with many familiar dealers selling navals including “Fairwinds”, Weisz , Hamilton and Geezer’s Tweezers. Tomorrow is last day for show.
  • Elgin Sink (01 Sep 2018 5:40pm EDT) : Not yet for me, Thad, except for the USS PORTLAND FPO commissioning pictorial received shortly after the event…
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Sep 2018 9:55am EDT) : Has anyone ever received ship cancelled covers from the USS PORTLAND LPD 27 or USS RALPH JOHNSON DDG 114 ? Neither ship has been responsive to multiple mailings
  • BMCM Jones 3933 (31 Aug 2018 9:55pm EDT) : September eLOGs have been sent to 300+ members for your holiday reading.


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