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USS Constellation Ship Cover.
Example of a Navy ship cancelled cover
with the ships rubber stamp cachet.


Specific Notes for this list of U.S. Naval Covers

  • The majority of the covers on this list are addressed in some way, either typed, rubber stamped, label, penned etc, very few are unaddressed, so no mention of the kind of address on cover is given.

  • Expect to find toned envelopes on the early covers through the 1940's, with lesser toning on later dated covers. Toning, which is a discoloration of the envelope, making it a tan or off color white, occurs due to aging and the poor quality of paper used in making the envelope, it is also caused by acid in the paper. Depending on the glue used in sealing the sides and on the flap of the cheaper envelopes, the glue, as it ages, will bleed through to the front side of the envelope, this can also be expected on the cheaper grade of envelopes.
  • If covers are excessively toned or have bleed through of the gum to the front of the cover, it will be noted. On occasion, some covers may be actually different colored envelopes depending on the paper used in their manufacture. These colors, for the most part, will not be noted.
  • Where I list a "generic" cachet in the description it means that the ship name is not in the cachet even tho it is a naval cachet.
  • Where I list the term "Corner Card" in the description it means a return address on cover. (This is a philatelic term that doesnt make sense to me but it's used by serious collectors).
  • Many cachets have other topics besides ships depicted in them and for the topicalist I have listed these topics after the cachet where applicable in parenthesis, such as (missile), (octopus), (fish), (cake) etc.
  • While the majority of the covers on this list are U.S. Navy covers, I have also included covers from Motor Vessels, Research Vessels, and other covers having to do with ships, and will be adding related ship covers, including pictorial postmarks or cancels about ships, deep sea exploration covers, expedition covers, foreign ship covers etc. These covers will be at the bottom of the list.

General Notes

  • All items are covers unless otherwise noted.
  • All covers are the standard U.S. #6 size (approximately 6 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches), as collected in the USA, unless otherwise noted.
  • Foreign covers may be slightly smaller in size than the standard U.S. #6 size and if so, their size will NOT be noted. Any cover larger than a number 6 size will be noted or any item of an unordinary size will be so noted.
  • All covers are unaddressed unless otherwise noted.
  • All covers are cacheted unless otherwise noted. A brief description of the cachet is given of the event being commemorated.
  • If covers are autographed they are genuine, unless otherwise noted.
  • Where stamp(s) used on the item are of significance, such as being a space stamp or a flag stamp or related to the event or location, it will be described. Otherwise the stamp(s) used on the item may be a definitive issue or an unrelated commemorative issue, and will not be described.
  • Items listed here may not be listed in any particular order.
  • Please print out the ON-LINE ORDER FORM and use it to mark down the covers you need. When ordering, please mark the LIST ID as well as ITEM ID.

Abbreviations

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Price List

LIST IDITEM IDPRICECANCEL DATECANCEL LOC
NAV01AL720$3.0010/11/1986 
USNS ALTAIR (TAKR 291), Ships Master corner card, with ships official rubber stamp marking, with a very light Army Postal Service machine cancel, cover is also marked "3 cent postage due".

NAV01AM600$4.0001/30/1961 
USS AMPHION (AR-13), 15th Birthday Ships rubber stamp cachet. (octopus, fish, cake) IMAGE

NAV01AN720$3.0001/17/1994 
USS ANTIETAM (CG-54), Ships rubber stamp cachet plus one line rubber stamp: "Operation Desert Storm" and penciled in: "3rd Am. Air Strike against Baghdad".

NAV01BL760$3.0011/14/1970 
USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19), Ships rubber stamp cachet (orbiting satellite)

NAV01BU200$3.0011/05/1983 
USS BUFFALO (SSN-715), Commission ceremonies printed cachet. With USS Emory S. Land hand cancel (the month is not readable in the cancel).

NAV01BU720$3.0011/29/1968 
USS BUTTE (AE-27), Ships rubber stamp cachet.

NAV01CA440$4.0005/26/1960 
USS CALIENTE (A0-53), "U.S. Navy Auxiliary Ship, Life-line of the Fleet" (generic) printed cachet

NAV01CA520$3.0005/16/1966 
USS CANBERRA (CAG-2), Year date not clear in cancel. Ships rubber stamp cachet (kangaroo). Cover wrinkled

NAV01CA524$3.0009/12/1991 
USS CANOPUS (AS-34), Commanding Officer corner card, autographed by the captain. Ships rubber stamp cachet (missile)

NAV01CA640$4.0003/15/1980 
USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70), "Launched Today" printed cachet for this nuclear carrier. With a USS Caron (DD-970) hand cancel.

NAV01CH760$4.0002/13/1958 
USS CHUKAWAN (AO-100), "Oil Can of the Fleet" printed cachet by Sanders. (oilcan)

NAV01CL160$3.0010/27/1969 
USS CLEVELAND (LPD-7), "Navy Day USS Cleveland" printed cachet, Ship name is light, but readable, in the cancel.

NAV01CL320$3.0006/01/1992 
USS CLIFTON SPRAGUE (FFG-16), Ships rubber stamp cachet, with a Philadelphia PA machine cancel.

NAV01CO524$4.0010/27/1975 
USS CONSTITUTION (IX-21), "Navy Birthday" 2 color raised cachet by FLK

NAV01CO560$3.0007/01/1975 
USS COONTZ (DDG-40). Ships rubber stamp cachet.

NAV01DA800$4.0003/08/1973 
USS DAVIDSON ( ), "Remembering Our POW-MIA Sacrifice For Freedom" raised cachet by FLK. (map of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos). "Free" cover, no postage stamp on cover, only marked "Free". IMAGE

NAV01DE440$4.0007/04/1968 
USS DELTA (AR-9), "Independence Day/U.S. Navy" printed cachet (generic) by E.F. Cachets. (Liberty Bell). IMAGE

NAV01DI880$5.0003/28/1948 
USS DIXIE, "U.S. Navy Observes Easter" (generic) printed cachet. IMAGE

NAV01DU040$4.0009/02/1970 
USS DUBUQUE (LPD-8), "V-J Day, 25th Anniversary World War II" raised cachet. "Free" cover, no postage stamp on cover, only marked "Free".

NAV01DU440$3.0010/13/1975 
USS DULUTH (LPD-6), "Navy Birthday 200" generic foil label cachet.

NAV01FE004$3.0012/03/1985 
USS FEARLESS (MS0-442), Commanding Officer corner card. Ships rubber stamp cachet. With a Charleston SC machine cancel.

NAV01FI680$3.0003/30/1970 
USS FISKE (DD-842), ships rubber stamp cachet.

NAV01FO640$3.0001/11/1990 
USS FORD (FFG-54), ships rubber stamp cachet.

NAV01FR160$3.0007/04/1989 
USS FREDERICK (LST-1184), Independence Day. ships rubber stamp cachet.

NAV01GU004$4.0002/07/1967 
USS GUADALCANAL (LPH-7), ships rubber stamp cachet.

NAV01HO160$4.0007/12/1972 
USS HOEL (DDG-13), "Remembering Our POW-MIA Sacrifice For Freedom" raised cachet by FLK. (map of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos). "Free" cover, no postage stamp on cover, only marked "Free". USS Hoel cancel is light.

NAV01KI720$3.0005/09/1980 
USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63), Ships rubber stamp cachet (Wright Brothers aircraft)

NAV01ME520$4.0002/22/1951 
USS MENELAUS (ARL-13), "U.S.N. First Day Cancels, Re-established" (generic) printed cachet

NAV01ME640$5.0008/28/1947 
USS MEREDITH (DD-434), "First Postwar Cruise June-July 1947" rubber stamp cachet, lists the various ships in the cruise. (map) IMAGE

NAV01ME800$3.0009/14/1994 
R/V MELVILLE, Ships rubber stamp cachet for "Gloria Expedition, Oct 1992-July 1993". With a San Diego CA machine cancel

NAV01NA680$3.0007/04/1986 
USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13), Independence Day. Ships rubber stamp cachet.

NAV01NA800$3.0005/23/1986 
USNS NAVAJO (T-ATF-169), Masters corner card, autographed by him. Ships rubber stamp cachet. (Indian). With a San Diego CA machine cancel.

NAV01NA804$5.0010/27/1948 
NAVAL SUPPLY CENTER, OAKLAND CA, "Navy Day" printed cachet for Naval Supply Center Oakland CA. With a Oakland CA Nav. Sup. Depot Sta. machine slogan cancel that reads "Navy Day, October 27". IMAGE

NAV01NI720$3.0006/11/1989 
USS NITRO (AE-23), Ships rubber stamp cachet.

NAV01OK320$3.0003/01/1971 
USS OKINAWA (LPH-3), Ships rubber stamp cachet.

NAV01PH320$3.0001/17/1994 
USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG-58), Ships rubber stamp cachet. Postmark is smeary, hard to read.

NAV01RO040$4.0004/30/1951 
USS ROBERT L. WILSON (DD-847 ), "Eagle and Shield" (generic) printed cachet.

NAV01SI480$3.0004/28/1988 
USS SIMON LAKE (AS-33), Ships rubber stamp cachet, (missile).

NAV01SK920$3.0010/10/1963 
USS SKYLARK (ASR-20), Ships rubber stamp cachet is faint, with a US Navy cancel, ship name unreadable.

NAV01TH560$3.0004/16/1991 
USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG-51), Commanding Officer Corner Card. Ships rubber stamp cachet.

NAV01TR760$3.0010/13/1973 
USS TRUXTUN (DLG(N)-35), Ships rubber stamp cachet. (missile, sword, globe)

NAV01UN120$3.0006/17/1989 
USS UNDERWOOD (FFG-36), Ships rubber stamp cachet.

NAV01VA520$4.0001/17/1974 
USS VANCOUVER (LPD-2), "Operation End Run, Haiphong Harbor Sweep Detail" raised cachet by FLK. (map of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos). "Free" cover, no postage stamp on cover, only marked "Free". IMAGE

NAV01WA320$4.0001/08/1966 
USS WAINWRIGHT (DLG-28), Ships rubber stamp cachet and two lines reading "First Day in Commission". The USS Wainwright cancel is not all readable, especially the date. IMAGE

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