Cover of the Month

November Cover
USS Hammerhead (SSN-663)
Steve Shay (#L-10821)
The nuclear attack sub USS Hammerhead, SSN-663, was a Sturgeon class submarine. She was launched April 14, 1967 and commissioned June 28, 1968.
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Member of the Month

Rear Admiral Kemp Tolley, USN (Retired)
Member #8090
The son of an active duty US Army officer, born at Ft. McKinley, Manila, Philippines on 29 April 1908, Rear Admiral Kemp Tolley, U S Navy (Retired) was graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1929 and died on 28 October 2000. He was a friend of naval cover collectors and a USCS member. Admiral Tolley was the guest speaker at the 1977 USCS National Convention held in the Hilton National Center, Arlington VA, sponsored by the Adm. Byrd Chapter.
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About the Universal Ship Cancellation Society

Founded in 1932, the USCS is an international philatelic organization of over 1,100 members with an interest in postmarks and covers from all maritime services. This includes Navy ships of all countries, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Navy bases, merchant ships with seapost and paquebot markings, related cachets, and other naval memorabilia.

It is the only organization in the United States devoted to Navy and maritime covers, and is one of the oldest specialized postal history societies in the world. For more information on Naval Covers and Postmarks check out our What is a Naval cover? and What is a Postmark? pages.

Free Offer From the Universal Ship Cancellation Society

Interested in US Naval, Marine, Coast Guard, and Maritime Postal History? How about foreign navies and merchant vessels? Or topics like Antarctic expeditions, space launch recovery missions, sunken ships, ocean liners, or the like? All of that and more is the domain of the Universal Ship Cancellation Society, which boasts an award-winning monthly journal (the Log) and a museum, website, facebook presence, chat room, sales circuit, and publications.

We would like for you to get to know us, so if at all interested, please send your email address to USCS Secretary Steve Shay at We will send you the next three monthly issues of the LOG by email – free, with no obligation.

American Philatelic Society Affiliate #98. In our 85th Year.

Visit the Naval Cover Museum, owned and operated by the Universal Ship Cancellation Society.  The museum is a digital archive of Naval Covers to aid in the preservation and research of this unique historical record and art form.  The Museum collection consists of scanned images of Naval Covers or parts of Naval Covers. The images are grouped into various categories including by ship name, cachet maker as well as several subject groupings.

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NOTICE – Effective September 2019, USCS is no longer selling envelopes for cachets directly.

However, you can still purchase them directly from Karl Zurn, and USCS will still benefit from the sale.   His website is located at:

You can also mail orders to: Florida Research Instruments, 1890 N. Atlantic Ave.,  Suite 520, Cocoa Beach, FL  32931 

Cover of the Month:
USS Tutuila (PR-4)
Cover by
Steve Shay (#L-10821)
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