Cover of the Month (page 13)

Cover of the Month

This is an eclectic group of covers posted over many years and by a variety of members. Steve Shay should be credited with most of these.  Many of the archived covers give highlights of the ship’s history, the cachet maker if appropriate and what the cancellation date and type are.

USS Honolulu (CL-48)

USS Honolulu (CL-48) In 1939 there were five Thursdays in November, and in the era before “Black Friday” it was considered inappropriate for businesses to display Christmas decorations or merchandise before Thanksgiving. At the request of numerous retailers, still recovering

USS Gannet (AVP-8)

USS Gannet (AVP-8) By Steve Shay (#L-10,821) The USS Gannet was built as a minesweeper, one of the Lapwing class “Bird” boats. She was commissioned in July 1919 with hull designation AM-41. Almost immediately Gannet became a tender for aircraft

USS Edsall (DD-219)

USS Edsall (DD-219) by Steve Shay (L-10,821) Pan American Airlines began trans-Pacific airmail service on November 22, 1935 and later extended the service to passenger flights on October 21, 1936. Service began with the Martin M-130 aircraft. There were 3

USS Charleston (C-2)

USS Charleston (C-2) By John Young (#L-8219) Letter from Ch Bos’n Dominick Glynn, USN to his wife, at Mare Island Navy Yard was mailed with postage has ship’s Sailor’s Letter marking and signature of ship’s Commanding Officer, Captain George W. Pigman,

USS Beaver (AS-5)

USS Beaver ADS-5 By Steve Shay (#L-10,821) The USS Beaver was an early sub tender, receiving hull designation AS-5 in 1920. She was originally built as a passenger steamer, then purchased by the Navy and converted to a sub tender

USS Arneb (AKA-56)

USS ARNEB (AKA 56) John Young (#L-8219)   The ship’s cachet (Arctic & Antarctic Express) commemorates the ships crossing of both, the Arctic & Antarctic Circles in a single season. ARNEB provided polar logistic support from 1955 through 1963. She