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Online Chat Archives – September – October, 2017


  • John Young (30 Oct 2017 6:45pm EDT) : Both Ecopy & hard copy of USCS Log
    (November) arrived in lower Hudson Valley today.

    Another fine job by Richard Jones

    Hope everyone survivors Halloween

  • esink (30 Oct 2017 5:59pm EDT) : Rich, About your USS SAN JACINTO returns; I received 4 covers back today all nicely processed…sticker label corner card, nice cancel (dtd 10.23.17) and ship cachet. I had sent covers for NYC fleet week 2017 and more recently for Irma hurricane assistance so 2 of them JUST may have been holdover “cleanouts” from Fleet Week…
  • Rich Hoffner (30 Oct 2017 4:53pm EDT) : PONCE reportedly “steamed” to NISMF Philadelphia after decommissioning. Strange way to move a ship to “mothballs”. She should have to be still in service to steam anywhere. Usually ships are towed after decommissioning.
  • Rich Hoffner (30 Oct 2017 4:51pm EDT) : Sent 50 covers to Norfolk for KEY WEST 30th Anniversary pictorial. Thirty-three returned, seventeen MIA!
  • Rich Hoffner (30 Oct 2017 4:50pm EDT) : Bob L, cancel was submitted to the Postmaster, Buffalo NY but no response yet. But that is the norm these days. Even though the rules on pictorials mandate the USPS notify the requester of approval or rejection of the pictorial, I almost never get a reply.
  • Rich Hoffner (30 Oct 2017 4:45pm EDT) : Spotty reports of Return to Sender marking on covers sent to “Z” many months ago. It appears even though the ship had ordered postal effects, they are not operating their post office and covers on hand since commissioning are slowly being returned. I suspect that she will have to undergo so many upgrades and training it could be a year or more before they ever deploy and perhaps that is why no psot office is operational.
  • RIch Hoffner (30 Oct 2017 4:42pm EDT) : Interesting, my Periodical class Log arrived today, one hour before the electronic version. The First Class version is still somewhere in the bowls of the USPS.
  • RIch Hoffner (30 Oct 2017 4:41pm EDT) : USS San Jacinto CG 56 must be cleaning out the drawer in the post office. Seven covers returned today from three separate mailings to the ship. Three were sent to document their assignment to assist after Hurricane IRMA.
  • esink (30 Oct 2017 4:28pm EDT) : Yes,…also my NOV issue (hard and soft copy) received today…great articles!
  • Lbbrennan (30 Oct 2017 3:28pm EDT) : Checking in. Nice Nov log received today
  • esink (30 Oct 2017 2:49pm EDT) : Second cover received today for hurricane assistance…USS KEARSARGE LHD-3 cancelled 10.18.17 when offering MARIA support off Puerto Rico; nicely cancelled with corner card and ship cachet (my add-on statement).
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Oct 2017 1:58pm EDT) : November eLOG has been sent to members requesting that service.

    Still looking for articles to start January and February 2018 LOG issues.

  • esink (29 Oct 2017 3:29pm EDT) : I sent a post card to USS ZUMWALT in July reminding the COPE about covers sent September 17, 2016 and not received. Saturday the post card was received with the iconic “Return to Sender” finger as “refused”…but my actual covers expected to be returned also as “refused” have not arrived yet.
  • John Young (27 Oct 2017 5:10pm EDT) : Happy Navy Day.

    Too bad some A…holes painted the Teddy Roosevelt’s statute at Museum of Natural History this week.

  • Don lawson (24 Oct 2017 5:44pm EDT) : is the USCS Facebook page down for some reason?
  • esink (23 Oct 2017 10:07pm EDT) : I am still awaiting (and hoping) to at least get my “refused” ZUMWALT covers returned so they can be used for something else…like the ship was commissioned over a year ago.
  • Phil Schreiber 9110 (23 Oct 2017 5:21pm EDT) : Just received my request for postmark from USS ZUMWALT DDG 1000. It was marked “RETURN TO SENDER…REFUSED” stamped in red ink with the “pointing finger.” A second “pointing finger” label says: INVALID OR CLOSED/MILITARY/DESIGNATED UNIT OR ZIP CODE. I addressed it to unit #.Box & zip code listed in USCS LOG and mailed it Sept.2016. Also during Sept.2016 I mailed another request for postmark/cachet to the Russian Ice Breaker “50 Let Pobedy.” (Homeport Murmask, Russia). On the internet, the ship’s operator announced it was going to the North Pole. My reply came back last September with clear strikes of postmark, ship’s cachets and captain’s autograph. I invite your comments on this report.
  • esink (23 Oct 2017 1:53pm EDT) : USS EISENHOWER covers for 40th anniversary 10.18.17 received in very BAD shape…very light unclear cancels; no ship cachet, taped shut, and sprayed over. (I don’t mind the spray-over because I never sent a SASE so can be expected). In the past I have received great processing from the IKE but not THIS time…may try and send covers back for re-processing to see if it works. Somebody on board there does not know what they are doing.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (23 Oct 2017 10:19am EDT) : Working on the December 2017 issue of the LOG.

    I need articles for January 2018 Log.

    Share your covers and research in the new year!

    Richard Jones
    LOG Editor

  • Bob Lamb (18 Oct 2017 5:07pm EDT) : new-uss-little-rock-commissioning

    Per the Buffalo News

  • Bob Lamb (18 Oct 2017 5:02pm EDT) : Rich Hoffner – The December 16th date is confirmed of the LCS 9 Facebook page
  • John Young (16 Oct 2017 11:49am EDT) : Anyone attend the USS Nathan Hale bourse on Saturday?

    Never made it because of grandson’s high school soccer game

    Looking forward to Clifton Fall Stamp Show on 28-29 OCT 2017 at the Community Recreation Center, 1232 Main St (at Washington Ave) Clifton NJ
    9:30 AM to 4:00 PM


  • Mike Meister (15 Oct 2017 9:02pm EDT) : My ZUMWALT covers came back refused also.
  • Rich Hoffner (15 Oct 2017 8:25pm EDT) : Recent activity on Naval Vessel Registry (NVR).

    USS BUFFALO status changed to “In Commission, in Reserve (Stand down)” 9-30-17.

    USS DALLAS status changed to “In Commission, in Reserve (Stand down)” 6-16-17.

    USS CITY of CORPUS CHRISTI status changed to Decommissioned 8-3-17, stricken to be disposed of.

  • Rich Hoffner (15 Oct 2017 8:17pm EDT) : Need scans of any covers that anyone might have from ships Kemp Tolley served on. Particularly the “Sailors Mail” rubber stamp he had made with his facsimile signature in the rubber stamp. Larry B and I have worked up a “Member of the Month” for him, but covers would make the article much better. You will be credited for anythig you submit. Thanks. Scans to pauscg@gmail.com
  • Rich Hoffner (15 Oct 2017 8:14pm EDT) : Bob Lamb. We do have a design ready for LITTLE ROCK commissioning in Buffalo NY but have not acted on it because everything I could find said the date was “tentative”. If it is chiseled in granite, I am ready to submit it. Thanks for any updated info you can provide.
  • esink (14 Oct 2017 11:23pm EDT) : Decommissioning day today for USS Ponce (AFSB(I)15): http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=102868
  • esink (10 Oct 2017 10:05pm EDT) : Thad, Hope I get my ZUMWALTs back too…
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (10 Oct 2017 6:59pm EDT) : Received all my USS ZUMWALT DDG 1000 covers back that I sent to the ship with “Refused” marked. At least they weren’t just thrown away.
  • Bob Lamb (09 Oct 2017 7:25pm EDT) : Commissioning for the USS Little Rock announced for Dec 16th in Buffalo. Will there be a cancel for this? I am on the ground there now.
  • Lbbrennan (07 Oct 2017 8:21am EDT) : Lloyd brilliant article. Thanks for the hard work.
  • Lbbrennan (07 Oct 2017 8:20am EDT) : Rich. You were missed at the NJ chapter meeting where we had lots of covers. Not the water logged ones in Florida. Enjoy
  • Rich Hoffner (06 Oct 2017 9:05pm EDT) : Thad, yes on 2012 Pascagoula MS hand cancel. I was wondering if she used that cancel on any of the covers submitted for the 5th Anniversary date in 2017.
  • Rich Hoffner (06 Oct 2017 9:02pm EDT) : DALLAS has announced her decommissioning date. Check on-line for it.
  • Rich Hoffner (06 Oct 2017 8:58pm EDT) : Oh, starved for covers. Any dealers in the Cape Coral/Ft. Myers FL areas?
  • Rich Hoffner (06 Oct 2017 8:54pm EDT) : The first page of this website has an added benefit. A short cut to our Naval Cover Museum (NCM). It will be tweaked a bit more, but hopefully this shortcut will be useful to all members and visitors.
  • esink (03 Oct 2017 10:42pm EDT) : TODAY: President Trump’s visit to USS KEARSARGE (LHD-3)http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=102707 and USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) arrival in Puerto Rico http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=102710
  • Neal Mills (01 Oct 2017 1:53pm EDT) : guest_5571 — the best place to share the post cards would be on the USCS Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/uscsnavalcovers/
    You need to join the group but that is painless. You don’t have to be a member of USCS, you just need to be interested in the subject. I’m looking forward to seeing the postcards.
  • guest_5571 (01 Oct 2017 1:01pm EDT) : I recently was given 12 post card photos from the Great White Fleet I believe as they are old and have a service emblem on them . aI put these on my Facebook to Honor the US Navy. I think that means I am missing 4 ships photos . I found you using a search engine. I do not understand very much but wondered if I may share some from the net the last 4 to put them on would you advise me if I can do this without causing problems?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Oct 2017 9:55am EDT) : Rich H. – Did you see my Sep 18 post about your question on MISSISSIPPI. Is this what you were looking for?
  • john macco (01 Oct 2017 9:05am EDT) : Great October issue of the Log. I have the dvd set and really enjoyed reading about the history of the USCS.
  • Lloyd Ferrell (30 Sep 2017 1:28pm EDT) : Thanks John – Glad you asked me to look into Harry Moore. I think that was the most rewarding project I’ve been involved with. Lots of fun. Never knew Bill Boss, but I’m sure we’d have gotten along. –so your research on Harry is missing…another mystery!!

    I’m heading out to a local postcard/paper show. Don’t expect much, but you never know–a couple of years ago I found some interesting CG covers related to Honolulu Harbor there. Hope lightning strikes twice.

  • esink (30 Sep 2017 1:09pm EDT) : First covers received for hurricane assistance…USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN cancelled 9.13.17 when offering IRMA support off the Florida coast; nicely cancelled with corner card and ship cachet.
  • John Young (30 Sep 2017 8:10am EDT) : Great issue with Lloyd Ferrell solving the Harry Moore mystery. The late Bill Boss would be proud of your effects & I’m glad I passed the ball to you.

    “Bravo Zulu” Lloyd.

    Still haven’t found my data on Moore,
    must have disappeared during my five
    year clean-up.

    Back from Spain & Portugal, looking forward to next N.J. Chapter Meeting on Tuesday, October 3th. See Phil
    Schreiber’s column on the chapter.

    Found no naval covers at Lisbon Flea Market, only saw one submarine postcard and its still there.

  • BMCM JONES 3933 (29 Sep 2017 9:30pm EDT) : 300+
    October eLOGs have been sent to members who request that service.

    Also taking articles for the December LOG. November articles are filled except for the monthly columns.

    Will be working on December LOG early so most of it is set up before we go to Panama Canal cruise end of Novmber.

  • esink (29 Sep 2017 8:12pm EDT) : USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20), departed for Puerto Rico to assist following Hurricane Maria: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=102666
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (29 Sep 2017 4:09pm EDT) : Received covers from the USS PINCKNEY DDG 91 today, Sept 9, 2017, excellent cancel. I have been chasing this ship for three years. These covers cost me plenty in past postage. Also received “Return to sender” “REFUSED” from USS HIGGINS DDG 76, at least they didn’t throw it out. I can reuse the covers inside. Received USS GABRIELLE GIFFORD LCS 10 Commissioning covers from the “caves” in Kansas City, MO.
  • esink (28 Sep 2017 3:29pm EDT) : Here is interesting info on the PONCE history and its return to Norfolk in preparation for decommissioning:
  • esink (26 Sep 2017 9:41pm EDT) : Richard, Thanks for the COMFORT info…covers to be sent tomorrow.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (26 Sep 2017 8:36pm EDT) : The Navy’s hospital ship USNS Comfort will depart Naval Station Norfolk by Friday and head to Hurricane Maria-ravaged Puerto Rico,
    The Comfort is operated by civilian mariners and, fully crewed, carries about 1,215 Navy medical personnel.
    Military units from across the U.S. have been responding to the Caribbean in the aftermath of Maria, including members of the Virginia National Guard. Ships include the Norfolk-based amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge and dock landing ship USS Oak Hill, based at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, along with the USS Wasp.
  • Rich Hoffner (26 Sep 2017 3:43pm EDT) : Seems it would make sense for USNS MERCY to depart West Coast and head toward San Juan or U.S.V.I. Things are only getting worse on these islands and not enough help is available. Have not heard of Navy SeaBees getting involved. Big projects should be at least started by our Naval Constriction Battalions, such as clearing roads, repairing bridges, working on electrical grids.
  • Rich Hoffner (26 Sep 2017 3:30pm EDT) : I just mailed a dozen covers to Cdr. Ring, subs that he served on over the years. I suggested he join the society and included an application blank.
  • Rich Hoffner (26 Sep 2017 3:28pm EDT) : News conference live on FOX just mentioned USNS COMFORT on way to Puerto Rico. Not sure why she is not already there.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (25 Sep 2017 10:12am EDT) : Agreed Elgin – CDR Ring went above and beyond what most CO’s would have done. Giving CDR Ring a complimentary membership may go a long way down the road in helping the Navy understand our hobby.
  • esink (24 Sep 2017 9:33pm EDT) : ‘Just returned home from Ottawa to find my HOUSTON covers also received in great shape (same as Thad); also with personalized note from CDR Andrew Ring. ‘will acknowledge with “thank you” card or note…To keep him interested in the USCS and naval covers processing, he should get a complimentary membership to USCS if not already offered.
  • (Keith MacKay #12477) (24 Sep 2017 9:21pm EDT) : Thanks to Neal and Steve for info re USS Potomac.
  • Neal Mills (24 Sep 2017 11:58am EDT) : Keith MacKay – Yes, the Catalogue of US Naval Postmarks.
  • Steve Shay (23 Sep 2017 9:35pm EDT) : Potomac also had a Type 3(AC) cancel. Both are pretty scarce.
  • guest_4201 (Keith MacKay #1247 (23 Sep 2017 7:56pm EDT) : Thanks, Neal. I obviously don’t have the catalogue you referred to. Is it the Catalogue of US Naval Postmarks ?
  • Neal Mills (22 Sep 2017 6:08pm EDT) : guest3107 —
    USS Potomac (AT-50) had a post office from:
    October 18, 1911 to February 14, 1914
    and May 1, 1917 to July 16, 1919

    My catalog says she had a T1z cancel.

  • guest_3107 (22 Sep 2017 5:49pm EDT) : Did USS Potomac (AT-50) (NOT AG-25) have a cancel ?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (22 Sep 2017 4:36pm EDT) : USS HOUSTON SSN 713 decommissioning covers arrived today from CO. Excellent pictorial and cachet. The CO also enclosed a crew colored cover, again excellent. These were well worth waiting for.
  • Neal Mills (21 Sep 2017 10:39am EDT) : Thad – Same here. Sent covers and a SASE to the CO but nothing has come back.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (20 Sep 2017 8:53pm EDT) : Were any covers received from the decommissioning special cancel for USS HOUSTON SSN 713? I sent covers to the CO at the address given on the Chat Page. Only cover received was the one serviced by Rich Hoffner – Decatur Chapter. with a Tacoma over cancel. Just checking to see if anyone received anything. I sent two covers and a SASE for their return.
  • Neal Mills (20 Sep 2017 1:00pm EDT) : Does anyone have a date for inactivation of USS DALLAS (SSN700) or USS BUFFALO (SSN715). Both are at Bremerton for inactivation and decommissioning.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (18 Sep 2017 10:06pm EDT) : RICH – Are you talking about USS MISSISSIPPI SSN 782 ? I have covers posted in circle, “USS MISSISSIPPI 39567 – Pascagoula” “Jun 2, 2012” with four bar killers and a another in circle, “USS MISSISSIPPI SSN 782 ” in killer bar “Commissioning Station Pascagoula 39567″ ” June 2, 2012″. Really weird, I only have one of each. I always send two of everything. I wonder if I sent two covers to Pascagoula and they posted one of each. Are these any of what you are asking about?
  • Rich Hoffner (18 Sep 2017 8:03pm EDT) : Did anyone get covers back from Pascagoula MS with the cancel they had on commissioning day five years ago? It was a four bar Pascagoula MS hand cancel with the name of the sub in the standard hand cancel dial. I didn’t send for it because another collector said it was no good as it didn’t have 2017 date in the device. I am leaning now that it indeed did have 2017 date in the device.
  • Rich Hoffner (18 Sep 2017 7:58pm EDT) : JY remember there is strife about a section of Spain that wants independence. So, skip the bars there looking for beer coasters.
  • Rich Hoffner (18 Sep 2017 7:56pm EDT) : I’m getting news releases from the USCG that they are pulling their assets working in US Virgin Island after IRMA back to Puerto Rico ahead of Hurricane MARIA. Hope this one is a bust or a lot of people are in dire trouble.
  • esink (18 Sep 2017 5:22pm EDT) : …also the same McLEAN address I used listed in the LOG.
  • Neal Mills (18 Sep 2017 3:46pm EDT) : Rich, The latest Navy SNDL (Sep 1) has that address.
    UNIT 100387 BOX 1
    FPO AE 09578”
  • Rich Hoffner (18 Sep 2017 3:09pm EDT) : Covers to USNS WILLIAM McLEAN T-AKE 12 returned, “RETURN TO SENDER” – “UNABLE TO FORWARD”. Sent to Unit 100387 Box 1 FPO AE 09578. Was there an address change?
  • Rich Hoffner (18 Sep 2017 1:36pm EDT) : From NC to Maine we on the East Coast are wondering how Hurricane JOSE will give us problems, but here comes Hurricane MARIA, churning toward the Caribbean. Expected landfall on PR Wednesday as Cat 4. Could affect emergency efforts in place after IRMA. Not good.
  • Rich Hoffner (18 Sep 2017 1:26pm EDT) : List of ships involved in assistance after hurricane IRMA is getting larger by the day. I have sent to 21 Navy and Coast Guard vessels to date, not including WRIGHT.

    For HARVEY I sent out to 9 ships and cutters.

  • Rich Hoffner (18 Sep 2017 1:22pm EDT) : Thad. She has been seen in Baltimore for many years, but recent news indicated home-port as Philadelphia. I am re-caulking my dingy and heading for the “breakwater” where I’ll put covers in a bottle for her. Tried everything else with no luck. If we discover who had the contract to keep her active, we will then have an address that might work.
  • Neal Mills (16 Sep 2017 9:41pm EDT) : Dennis Gill — Thank you. If you’re getting covers back then there is hope for me. ?
  • Dennis Gill (16 Sep 2017 1:34pm EDT) : Neal Mills: I send Bremerton-related covers to the address listed in the Jan. 2017 “Log” issue: Postmaster, Customer Services, USPS, 602 Pacific Ave., Bremerton, WA 98337-9998. Although I’ve only been submitting covers for a year or so, I believe I’ve received back all that I’ve sent to that address. In fact, just yesterday I received the last-day-in-commission cover I prepared for the USS Houston, dated Aug. 26, 2017. I did note that the zip code on the cancel was 98312-9998, different than the address listed in the Log. Hope this helps.
  • guest_5785 (16 Sep 2017 7:47am EDT) : According to AIS, WRIGHT Tracked from Philly @ 1300 9-12-17 to breakwater @ 1911. ETA Virgin Islands 9-16-17 @ 0800. Course 156 degrees true SSW.
  • Neal Mills (15 Sep 2017 6:18pm EDT) : Does anyone have a point of contact at the Bremerton PO? My return rate for that PO is very low and I’d like to figure out how to improve it. Thanks.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (14 Sep 2017 10:03pm EDT) : Rich… Went through a big box of USNS/SS ship covers to see if I had anything from WRIGHT T-AVB 3 that may have an address. I found a cover from USNS WRIGHT T-AVB 3 with a ships cachet and posted June 29, 1989 in Philadelphia. No return address but it probably has changed many time over since then anyway.
  • Rich Hoffner (14 Sep 2017 3:26pm EDT) : JY, they have some cool beer coasters in Spain and Portugal. Also look for the WW I cutters assigned to the squadron.
  • Rich Hoffner (14 Sep 2017 3:24pm EDT) : Through the USCS cachet program, we just donated a cachet stamp to USCGC JOHN McCORMICK WPC 1121 in Ketchikan AK. overs were included for members who have envelopes with me for the USCS Cover Service and I asked for the cutters return address stamp to be applied. The CO responded that he did not have one and there was no place to order one locally in Fairbanks. I’ll get one for him. But, it just goes to show why covers don’t come back. They mostly have no cachets and now I am finding out they have no return address stamps. perhaps senders will have to ask for the cutters embossed seal, but, perhaps they won’t have one of those either.

    In past years Walt Grabowy lead the charge to give every USCG cutter and unit he could contact a new cachet stamp. His work went a long way to letting units know what we were collecting. We need another Walt Grabowy.

  • John Young (14 Sep 2017 3:17pm EDT) : Ahoy Mates, will be away on trip to Spain & Portugal for next two weeks
    and will be looking for naval covers &
    post cards.

    Hope everyone keeps safe & healthy during my absence & that we’ve have seen the last of the hurricanes.

  • Rich Hoffner (14 Sep 2017 3:17pm EDT) : Thad. Interesting that she is so stealth that we can’t figure out what Shipping company is her “keeper”. Also another ship I sent to TS GENERAL RUDDER was returned. I used a street address for the Texas Maritime Academy in Galveston Texas. Nixie label reads No Such Number.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (13 Sep 2017 8:11pm EDT) : Rich – I too couldn’t find an address or shipping company only that Wright T-AVB 3 home port is Baltimore.
  • Lbbrennan (13 Sep 2017 12:59am EDT) : Frustrating to send for covers
  • Rich Hoffner (12 Sep 2017 10:48pm EDT) : Looking for a mailing address for SS WRIGHT T-AVB 3. Even what shipping company is managing her would be helpful. My Internet sleuthing failed me on her.
  • guest_PHIL SCHREIBER (11 Sep 2017 3:48pm EDT) : THAD: Our hobby of collecting covers is not dead. But we all know that modern technology has moved on, and we need to keep up with it. Servicing your own covers is much different now from when it was not too long ago. You have to adjust to it. The old days are gone.
    On a recent cruise I went on, the cruise ship did not have a postmark, cachet or corner card. And the port of call did not have a post office or even a mail box I was told by a local policeman. He offered me his cell phone and asked me who I wanted to contact.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (11 Sep 2017 10:52am EDT) : Thanks for the info Rich. I document very carefully to the cutters as to what I am looking for. I do not even mention the word “cover”, I use “envelope”. I send drawings and have a photo copy of what a serviced envelope should look like and still nothing. After 54 years and I’ll bet hundreds of wasted dollars I try everything in my power to explain what should be done. Who taught the guys in the old days what to do? The smaller ships and cutters did not have Navy Postal Clerks and they serviced envelopes with corner cards and seals just fine and mailed them. I just think it’s the “it’s not my job” attitude. Our hobby is dead I’m sad to say and I know in our hearts we believe it to be true. It’s gone the way of railroad and highway post office collecting. I’m so frustrated… 54 years collecting Navals and 70 years old has taught me a lot.
  • Rich Hoffner (10 Sep 2017 11:37pm EDT) : Reading the news releases on the USN moving assets from Mayport before IRMA struck, included an interesting sentence.

    USS Detroit (LCS 7) and USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) will both remain in port and will be heavy weather moored.

    So, why? The article did not mention why. But it does make one wonder.

  • Rich Hoffner (10 Sep 2017 9:55pm EDT) : Thad. On the Sentinel-class cutters. I suspect most of them don’t have any idea what a collector wants when they receive a request.

    For the last three I managed to get a CO name and mailing address while attempting to verify their commissioning dates and we are in the process of donating cachets to them.

    The earlier cutters, well, perhaps we will get them educated also. If you write, as Larry Brennan mentioned, send a copy of a cover from a cutter that you have in your collection, sort of a “show and tell”. Most should at least have a return address stamp.

    Mention if they do not have a rubber stamp of their crest, the USCS will donate one at no cost for use on collector submitted envelopes.

  • Rich Hoffner (10 Sep 2017 9:42pm EDT) : Last week the following ships were covered for Hurricane HARVEY. Several have already been diverted to Hurricane IRMA:

    USCGC Barbara Mabrity
    USCGC Hatchet
    USCGC Clamp
    USNS William McLean
    TS Empire State
    TS Kennedy
    TS General Rudder
    USS Kearsarge
    USS Oak Hill

  • Rich Hoffner (10 Sep 2017 9:40pm EDT) : Not a good day in Florida, but a good day in the NFL with an EAGLES win over perennial enemy REDSKINS.
  • esink (09 Sep 2017 12:04pm EDT) : Yet more info on additional ship sent for Irma assistance: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=102335
  • esink (08 Sep 2017 7:18pm EDT) : I am guest_6893…
  • guest_6893 (08 Sep 2017 2:13pm EDT) : More navy ships contributing humanitarian support for Hurricane Irma: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=102329
  • esink (07 Sep 2017 8:47pm EDT) : USS Kearsarge and Oak Hill, (supporting Hurricane Harvey) and USS Wasp (enroute to Japan)…ALL re-directed to U. S. Virgin Islands for Hurricane Irma support: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=102309
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (07 Sep 2017 3:01pm EDT) : Standing by for heavy seas-AGAIN in Florida.

    Will hunker down in place again this storm–at least we lost 6 huge trees in the backyard last year’s hurricane so nothing big is around the house for this storm.

    At Mayport up the road 80 miles–
    As a precautionary measure, U.S. Navy ships home ported at Naval Station Mayport are getting underway in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.

    The following ships headed to sea Sept. 6: USS Shamal (PC 13), USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) and USCG Tahoma (WPG 80).

    USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), USS Farragut (DDG 99) and USS Lassen (DDG 82) are scheduled to depart Sept. 7.

    USS Hue City (CG 66), USS Tornado (PC 14) and USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) will be moved to a safe haven location and made ready for heavy weather.

    USS Detroit (LCS 7) and USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) will both remain in port and will be heavy weather moored.

    The decision to sortie is based on concerns for the safety of Sailors and preservation of the ships and associated equipment.

    Navy vessels can remain safe at sea by maneuvering to avoid storms altogether. Additionally, having ships underway ensures they are ready to respond to any national tasking if required.

  • guest_2620 (06 Sep 2017 2:30pm EDT) : Hi. My name is Chris Wright, from London, UK. I wonder if I may ask your advice? Today I came into possession of what seam to be some 1970’s, 80’s Navy envelopes. They seem to celebrate the commission/decommission of various USS submarines as well as the first launching of Trident missiles from below sea level. I have quite a lot of these, all with attractive frontage, depicting various submarines.There are around a hundred of these envelopes, most franked including 7 unopened letters from US Naval bases to a very prominent German psychologist, Helmut Skowronek. Two postcards are in the tin, too! I have not a clue what to do with them and would love to know if they are collectable. I’d love to know what you guys think!! Best wishes, Chris. PS, I can send some photos if you contact me on pop.song@icloud.com
  • john young (06 Sep 2017 6:51am EDT) : Last night’s New Jersey Chapter meeting was standing room only with 18 cover hunters gathered around Phil’s diving room table. It was practice for NOJEX this weekend.

    Excellent presentation of naval mishaps in the Pacific by Larry Brennan. Quakers came with cheese & crackers, some covers and Bruno wife’s brownies- no nuts and I even found about 2 dozen covers- no Coast Guard.

    A great time was has by all.

  • Steve Shay (04 Sep 2017 11:47am EDT) : See page


  • lbbrennan (04 Sep 2017 10:47am EDT) : Who is writing for the USCS LOG and what subjects interest you and your collecting friends.

    Just visited the NCM again and it still shows no affiliation with the USCS or a link to the NCM site from here or other USCS sites.

  • lbbrennan (04 Sep 2017 10:45am EDT) : Phil, It helps to put a copy of a good cover and cancel received from a ship in the recent past or one addressed to someone they may recognize. I am illiterate in every language except English but picture menus have helped around the world. Best, Larry
  • guest_PHIL SCHREIBER (03 Sep 2017 2:57pm EDT) : to THAD W K: If you visit any of these vessels, or any other ships of any kind, you’ll discover why you get so few, or no, responses to your requests There can be many reasons, such as they do not care, or know what you want, or even know what a postmark or cachet is, or have no idea what you are talking about. I’ve learned this by my personal visits and talking to them: skippers, copes, public affairs officers & etc. But, like you, I keep trying, and do appreciate whatever I get back which includes some really great stuff. Like John Paul Jones said: Don’t Give Up the Ship.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (03 Sep 2017 12:51pm EDT) : Has anyone received any covers from the CGC’s (Sentinel class) that John Young posted in the June LOG? I sent to nine (9) and haven’t received a thing. I am wondering if it’s just a waste of time and money. Anyone get anything from these cutters? I do know several of the early 1100’s had cachets but they have even dried up.
  • Cathie Dalzell (03 Sep 2017 1:07am EDT) : I forgot to include..my email..2flocath@gmail.com
  • Cathie Dalzell (03 Sep 2017 1:04am EDT) : In search of: written by my husband, 1979.


  • Cathie Dalzell (03 Sep 2017 12:45am EDT) : IN SEARCH OF: Around Aug 20, there was a envelope bought on ebay from a German seller. It was described as a “cover letter” although it doesn’t fit the common definition. It has a postmark from the USS Hunley dated Sept 22, 1979. No other markings. Weirdest thing ever..it is actually a personal envelope written by my husband, M. S. Dalzell addressed to his parents, Mr.and Mrs. Darwin Dalzell in San Jose, CA. We feel that it was never actually mailed. We are searching for the buyer hoping to putchase it, especially since my father-in-law recently passed. Quite a mind-boggling mystery as to how this envelope survived almost 40 years and ended up in ebay. Please share our story. Any help is appreciated.
  • Lbbrennan (02 Sep 2017 3:53pm EDT) : Checking in. Happy end of ww ii day. Great topic
  • john young (02 Sep 2017 11:31am EDT) : Hard copy of September Log arrived in lower Hudson Valley in yesterday’s mail.

    Great story by Phil Schreiber & his story of the Peleliu & Angaur Invasion. Thanks for sharing your wartime experience

    Thanks for hosting our New Jersey Chapter meeting and looking froward to Tuesday meeting on 9/5/17 at 7:30 PM
    at 123 S. Adelaide Ave., Highland Park
    NJ Apt 3B

  • John Young (02 Sep 2017 5:23am EDT) : Hope everyone has a safe Labor Day weekend
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Sep 2017 10:58am EDT) : Wow.. too bad about Zumwalt. I hope they aren’t setting the new standard for Michael Monsoor DDG 1001 and Lyndon B. Johnson DDG 1002 currently under construction.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Sep 2017 10:54am EDT) : USS WASP LHD 1 left east coast for new home port of Sasebo, Japan on August 30. I have covers aboard but haven’t received anything back. Maybe when they get settled in Japan.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (01 Sep 2017 12:27am EDT) : September eLOG was sent Thursday along with an extra file of pictorial postmarks that will be available in the next week or two.


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