SKYLAB RECOVERY SHIP COVER & POSTMARK VARIETIES

Skylab 1 - Launch 14 May 1973

Recovery Force Ships

 

Ship Type Designation Covers

Atlantic

USS Escape1

SRS - Rescue & Salvage Ship

ARS-6

Y

Tracking Ships

USNS Vanguard3

TS - Tracking Ship

T-AGM-19

Y

USNS Redstone2,4

TS - Tracking Ship

T-AGM-20

U/K

Not Involved

USNS Range Sentinel

TS - Range Tracking Vessel

T-AGM-22

Y

Recovery Control Centers

Norfolk VA

Atlantic Recovery Control Center

N/A

U/K

Kunia HI4

Pacific Recovery Control center

N/A

Y


Postmark Variations

Ship

Description of Postmark

Scarcity
USS Escape  Machine Cancel - Cape Canaveral 15th U/K
USS Escape  Hand Cancel - Cape Canaveral 16th U/K

USNS Range Sentinel

Cape Canaveral 14 May Hand Cancel - Also exists with a Black cachet U/K

USNS Range Sentinel4

Cape Canaveral 15 May Machine Cancel U/K


Cachets

Cachet

Description of Cachet

Colours Type
TF-140 Manned Spacecraft Recovery Force - Atlantic
Shows a capsule in the ocean with parachutes
Black, Blue Rubber Stamp

Note:
1) The USS Escape was the launch site recovery ship.
2) The USNS Redstone was stationed in port on standby
3) From the collection of Dennis Paul
4) From the collection of Tom Steiner

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