Collecting Ships Covers Postal History

Ship Covers for collectors had their beginnings with simple letters and postcards from a sailor writing to the family or girlfriend back home. First authorized by Congress in 1908, ships established their own ship’s post office and thus began a wonderful area for collectors. As with all things philatelic, the hobby took off and soon the covers bore cachets (artwork decorating the cover), and ships took to producing special event cancels. Of special interest are the cancels commemorating ship visits to foreign ports.

Adding interest for collectors of Naval Covers are the cachets; artwork of printed, stamped or hand drawn designs added to naval covers. Below is a nice inventory of Crosby covers that can be identified by a a small photograph of the ship glued to the cover and a thermograph, raised design, cachet.

At iHobb.com we maintain a good stock of ship covers, but it is a challenge keeping them in stock as this facet of the hobby is vibrant and interest is high.

U.S.S. Ranger
Code: A1458*Cover
Price: $5.00
U.S.S. Ranger Westward Ho! Enroute to Join The Fleet Ship Cancel, April 7, 1935... more info
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U.S.S. Mississippi
Code: A1459*Cover
Price: $5.00
U.S.S. Mississippi The Pirate Ship Celebrates Washingtons Birthday Ship Cancel, February 22, 1937... more info
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U.S.S. Richmond
Code: A1474*Cover
Price: $5.00
U.S.S. Richmond Mothers Day Ship Cancel, May 10, 1936... more info
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U.S.S. Moffett
Code: A1476*Cover
Price: $5.00
U.S.S. Moffett Commissioned, Navy Yard, Boston Mass Ship Cancel, September 4, 1936... more info
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U.S.S. Richmond
Code: A1478*Cover
Price: $5.00
U.S.S. Richmond Welcome U.S. Fleet, Portland, Oregon Ship Cancel, July 24, 1937... more info
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U.S.S. Salt Lake City
Code: A1479*Cover
Price: $5.00
U.S.S. Salt Lake City Navy Day, True Blue Ship Cancel, October 27, 1937... more info
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U.S.S. Richmond
Code: A1482*Cover
Price: $5.00
U.S.S. Richmond Summer Cruise Ship Cancel, June 25, 1937 - San Francisco... more info
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U.S.S. Richmond
Code: A1487*Cover
Price: $5.00
U.S.S. Richmond Ship Cancel, September 23, 1936 - Fired SRBP... more info
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U.S.S. Artic
Code: A1490*Cover
Price: $5.00
U.S.S. Artic 4th of July Cover Ship Cancel, July 4, 1936... more info
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U.S.S. Nautilus
Code: A1491*Cover
Price: $5.00
U.S.S. Nautilus Merry Christmas Ship Cancel, December 25, 1935... more info
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U.S.S. Richmond
Code: A1496*Cover
Price: $5.00
U.S.S. Richmond 4th of July Ship Cancel, July 4, 1936... more info
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U.S.S. Richmond
Code: A1497*Cover
Price: $2.50
U.S.S. Richmond Scott #783, Oregon Territory Issue FDC - unusual to find a First Day Cover with a ship... more info
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