The Naval Cover Museum
The Naval Cover Museum is a digital archive of naval covers created in 2000 by Paul Bunter, and later gifted to the USCS. It has thousands of scanned images of naval covers and postmarks, with more added almost daily. The purpose of the museum is to aid in the preservation and research of our unique hobby, both for historical record and the art form it represents. The images are grouped into various categories including by ship name, cachet maker as well as several subject groupings. To that end, the Museum is primarily an image repository glued together with lists and indexes. The Museum does not collect physical assets – just images and information.
Over the years the Museum took an inclusive approach and now allows a greater wealth of content as long as it is reasonably related to naval covers or associated ships/locations. This includes photos and documents from sailors and personnel. You never know when something that seems insignificant now will turn out to be significant later. Save for posterity.
The Museum has no physical location and does not have any physical inventory. All we have are scanned images provided by contributors. The Naval Cover Museum is owned and operated by the Universal Ship Cancellation Society.
Note: The illustrations at the bottom represent a few examples of cancellations a cachets from the Naval Cover Museum.