26 September 2010
Added a USS Bennington fantasy cover produced by a prisoner to Apollo 4. Added two new missions to Mercury Precusor (no recovery ship covers are known)
24 September 2010
Added another signed PRS cover to Apollo 9. Added an unusual card with USS Kearsarge cachet to MA-8.
22 September 2010
Added signed PRS covers to Apollo 9, 10, 14 and 17 and ASTP. Also look in Interesting Covers for prices.
14 September 2010
Added a USS Guadalcanal cover with Commander's corner card to Apollo 9 and a USS Spiegel Grove cover with Commander's corner card to Apollo 14. Added a Captain's cover without the Captain's signature to MA-7. Finally, added a very unusual and interesting USNS Point Barrow cover to Apollo 15. This ship transported Saturn rocket stages to KSC. All thanks to Tom Steiner.
6 September 2010
Added a rare USS Intrepid Admiral's cover to Gemini 3 thanks to Steve Durst.
5 September 2010
Added a second USS Hornet dual cancel cover to Apollo 11 thanks to David Ball.
25 August 2010
Added another USCGC Dallas cover to STS-51L. Two more Apollo 1 USS Essex covers found.
15 August 2010
Steve Durst has found a great USS Essex cover with the ship's rubber stamped cachet paying homage to the 3 Apollo 1 astronauts on the day after the tragic Apollo 1 fire.
The site now contains over 1300 scans of covers.
10 August 2010
Tom Steiner has reported a second Apollo 14 USS Spiegel Grove cover with the missing time slug. This confirms it is a valid and collectable variation. Added a cover to each of Skylab 2, 3 & 4 signed by the astronauts for each mission. The Skylab 3 cover is also signed by the Commanding Officer. A very nice set of 3 covers.
5 August 2010
Amazing prices for two covers on eBay, one a real oddity and probably unique! See Interesting Covers.
4 August 2010
Added a most unusual Apollo 14 USS Spiegel Grove cover which appears to be missing the time slug. Is this a new and extremely rare variation? See the accompanying article.
28 July 2010
Added a USS Princeton cover signed by the recovery heli pilot to Apollo 10. Added a USS Wasp cover with difficult to find ship's cachet to GT-7. Added a USS Swerve cover with a different cachjet to GT-3. Added a USS Wasp PRS cover signed by 3 members of the recovery team to GT-7. Added a USS Hornet cover to Apollo 12 which used a Romanian stamp!
25 July 2010
Added an unusual MA-8 USS Kearsarge cover signed by the Postal Clerk.
13 July 2010
Added three signed PRS covers to the Interesting Covers section.
9 July 2010
Added a GT-9 cover from the USS Robert L. Wilson with what appears to be a ship's cachet (in addition to the usual Navy cachet) not previously seen thanks to Antoni Rigo.
1 July 2010
Added a rare GT-3 USS Intrepid cover with a Navy cachet on the ship's printed stationary from the collection of Wolf Magnus.
26 June 2010
A major discovery by Tom Steiner. An Apollo 11 USS Carpenter cover! Until Tom's discovery this cover was thought not to exist! The USS Carpenter was not actually part of the Recovery Force, it was a destroyer that was assigned to Presidential SAR Support.
31 May 2010
Added a 'Return to Port' cover from the USS Leonard F. Mason to Gemini 8 thanks to Eddie Bizub. Such covers are largely undocumented and hard to find. Added a new section: References.
24 May 2010
Added a Apollo 12 Captain's Cover without a postmark thanks to Eddie Bizub who was luckly enough to purchase this on eBay for under $10! Is this cover unique? See Interesting Covers.
23 May 2010
Added a possibly unique MA-6 cover with a USS Enterprise cachet and a 20th Feb USS Noa cancel! Recently sold on eBay for US$357. See Interesting Covers. Also added a possible 'Return to Port' cover from the USS Lake Champlain for MR-3. Added a USS Okinawa cover to Apollo 15.
12 May 2010
Added a possibly unique USS Boxer cover with both hand and machine cancels to Gemini 8. Recently sold on eBay for US$102.50!
28 April 2010
Added two Riser fake covers that recently sold on eBay to the Interesting Covers section. Added USNS Sunnyvale to Gemini 4 (did not participate). Added signed PRS covers to Gemini 10, 11 and 12.
20 April 2010
Added several examples of recently sold covers to the Interesting Covers section plus some comments on recent trends.
16 April 2010
Added a backdated cover from the USS Antietam and probably non-backdated cover from the USS General William Mitchell (didn't participate) to MA-6 thanks to Roland Mantovani.
12 April 2010
Added a new type of cachet to Mercury 9. Added new stamps to Recovery Stamps section.
9 April 2010
Added a USS Kawishiwi Beck printed cover with missing green to Beck error covers thanks to Tom Steiner. It's a nice companion cover to my own one with missing black.
8 April 2010
Added the elusive USS Hawkins with the ship's name on bottom of postmark to Apollo 12. Added the USS Ozark, USS Putnam and USS Pawcatuck to Apollo 7 (recently sold in SU auction).
1 April 2010
Added USS Cubera/USS Orion to Apollo 7. Added A USS Carpenter with an unusual cachet to Apollo 6. Added another example of USS Nicholas with GB stamp to Apollo 9.
30 March 2010
NOTE: A new section has been added requesting information/comments on interesting covers etc. See the first entry' Apollo 13 & 14 PRS covers.
27 March 2010
Added an interesting cover from the USS Blandly with several cachets to GT-4 thanks to Luc Jallot. Also added a USS Iwo Jima cover to Apollo 13 thanks to Antoni Rigo.
25 March 2010
Added an interesting cover from the Commander Destroyer Division 362 on the USS Robert L Wilson thanks to Tom Steiner.
24 March 2010
Reorganised the Stamps & Minisheets section and added several more examples. More to come.
22 March 2010
Added 'Commander in Chief Pacific' PRS cover to Apollo 15 thanks to Steve Durst.
21 March 2010
Added covers from USNS Coastal Sentry and USNS Wheeling to Gemini 12. Added signed PRS covers to Apollo 11,12 & 13. All thanks to Tom Steiner. Plus added two new covers in the interesting section.
11 March 2010
Added three more covers to the Orion section thanks to Tom Steiner.
9 March 2010
Added a ASTP PRS cover to Interesting Covers
6 March 2010
Added the mission of the monkeys Able & Baker (28 May 1959) and Gordo (13 December 1958) to pre-mercury missions.
5 March 2010
Added the USS Severn and USNS Rose Knot to Gemini 11. Also added several USS Guam covers to Gemini 11. All thanks to Tom Steiner. New Section started for Ares, Orion etc covers.
4 March 2010
Added a interesting series of Boudwin ASTP covers with Kunia postmarks.
2 March 2010
Added a signed PRS cover to Apollo 11. Added Cook Island FDC to Recovery Related Stamps,etc. Added a new section devoted to showing interesting covers and other items, especially those recently sold on eBay or other auctions.
23 February 2010
Added a signed PRS cover to Apollo 13. Added the extremely rare Beck B733 cover (cover was designed for the USS Joseph P Kennedy) with a USS Sabine postmark to Apollo 501 thanks to Tom Steiner.
22 February 2010
Added an unusual cover from the USS Ticonderoga postmarked for Skylab 1 but signed by the Skylab 2 medical team thanks to Tom Steiner. Added a previously unknown Beck B613 cover (cover was designed for the USS Power) with a USS Wasp postmark to GT-6.
18 February 2010
Added another Norfolk VA cover to Apollo 7. Added USS Observation Island covers to Apollo 15 and STS-51L (didn't participate in either). All thanks to Tom Steiner. Corrected Beck printed cover numbers for Gemini 2.
17 February 2010
Added another USS Opportune from 12 Feb 1986 to STS-51L. Added USNS Range Sentinel, USNS Redstone and Kunia to Skylab 1. Added two different Kunia covers to Skylab 2 and one to Skylab 3. Also a hard to find Beck B890 Norfolk dual cancel cover to Skylab 2. All thanks to Tom Steiner.
16 February 2010
Added the USS Decatur and two USS Enterprise covers to MA-6 (didn't participate). Added a USS Ponchatoula cover to Apollo 14. All thanks to Tom Steiner. Added a new section showing examples of recovery related stamps, minisheets & other items. This section only gives a few examples and is not meant to be comprehensive.
15 February 2010
Added another extremely rare cover from Tom Steiner, a backdated MA-6 USS Randolph cover!
13 February 2010
Added the ellusive and extremely rare USS Cone, USS Sarsfield and USS Witek covers to MA-6. Also added an extremely rare USS Noa with red double circle NY postmark and a USS Randolph cover with a Captain's cover label but without the Captain's signature. Also added to MA-6 a USS Hugh Purvis cover with an interesting note from a member of the crew regarding the lack of Project Mercury stamps. Also added a USS Forrestal cover with a hand cancel and several USS Antietam covers to MA-6. Finally added USS Edmonds and USS Providence covers to MA-6 (neither were involved). All thanks again to Tom Steiner.
10 February 2010
Added an extremely rare (first one seen other than a Captain's cover) GT-6 abort USS Wasp cover, thanks to Tom Steiner. Also added just as rare a cover, the USS Vogelgesang to MA-5. Also thanks to Tom Steiner.
9 February 2010
Added a previous unknown Beck B896 cover with USPS Hi 967 postmark to Skylab 4! Added a USS Princeton cover with an incorrect Navy Atlantic cachet (should be Pacific) to Apollo 10. Added a USS Aucilla cover to MOL plus an interesting dealer note stating that he originally had 50 USS Snelling covers for sale. All thanks to Tom Steiner. Added signed PRS cover to GT-7.
6 February 2010
Added an Apollo 14 USS New Orleans cover with a maroon hand cancel. First seen! Added Kunia to Apollo 13, 15 and 16. All thanks to Tom Steiner.
5 February 2010
Added USNS Kingsport (not involved) to MA-9. Added the USS Cobbler/USS Basilone and USS William V Pratt to Apollo 13 (possibly/probably not involved). Added several USNS Vanguard covers to ASTP. Again, all thanks to Tom Steiner.
4 February 2010
Added different cacheted covers to Apollo 8 for USS Paiute, USS Rupertus and USS Cochrane plus a USS Hornet cover to Apollo 12. Added a signed PRS cover to Apollo 12. Added Apollo 12 cover postmarked by two different Recovery ships and an Apollo 11 cover with both a USS Hornet hand cancel and machine cancel! All thanks to Tom Steiner.
3 February 2010
Added the positions of the Soviet tracking ships during ASTP. Added an Apollo 14 USS Spiegel Grove crew cover to Beck covers.
1 February 2010
Added USS Corry, USS Gainard, USS Harwood and USS McCaffery postmark varieties to MA-9. Added scans for all know Beck covers.
31 January 2010
Added USS Myles C. Fox, USS John W. Thomason and USS Charles R. Ware postmark varieties to MA-9
28 January 2010
Added several USS Hornet covers to Apollo 11 and one USS Hornet cover to Apollo 12, thanks to Tom Steiner.
Started a new section on Beck Error, Crew and Unusual Covers.
27 January 2010
Added 2 USS Guadalcancel covers to Apollo 9, including a 'return to Norfolk' cover and a USS Princeton cover to Apollo 10. Again thanks to Tom Steiner. Added a USS Rich and a USS Chilton/USNS Range Recoverer covers to Apollo 10. Also added USNS Sunnyvale and USNS Range Tracker to Apollo 10.
26 January 2010
Added an Apollo 8 USNS Vanguard cover with a variation on the Navy cachet and an interesting Apollo 15 USS Kawishiwi 'Return to Port' cover. Both thanks to Tom Steiner. Added USS New postmark variety to Apollo 11.
24 January 2010
Added an Apollo 11 USS Ozark cover with a ship's cachet, a GT-5 USS Lake Champlain cover signed by a member of the UDT, another example of the rare USS Paiute cover to Apollo 7, a new USS Preserver cover from STS-51L and a different USNS Kingsport cover from GT-7. All thanks to Tom Steiner.
19 January 2010
Added another example of the rare MA-6 USS Noa cover with a non-mercury stamp, postmarked on the 20th.
14 January 2010
Added a PRS cover signed by the Commanding Officer to Apollo 14
13 January 2010
Tom Steiner found a MA-8 USS Philip cover with the correct ship designation od DD-498 and postmarked on the day of recovery, Oct3. See Mercury 8. Added USS Aucilla to MOL, again thanks to Tom Steiner. Added USS Guadacanal postmark variety to Apollo 8. Added two USNS Vanguard covers to Apollo 15.
11 January 2010
Added an unusual USS Boxer PRS cover to Apollo 201. Blue Navy cachet on front but with a BLUE orbit printed cachet on the back. These are normally Red and Blue. Added Orbit cacheted PRS covers to Gemini 9A, 10, 11 & 12. Added an interesting variety of USS Philip cover to MA-8 (Ship's cachet shows the correct DD-498 designation instead of the incorrect DDE-498).
5 January 2010
Corrected link to USS Goldsborough dots cover.
4 January 2010
Todays addition shows that there are still discoveries to be made. It is an Apollo 11 USS Goldsborough cover with dots in the time slug. eg A.M. All covers that I've seen to date don't have dots eg AM . Finished adding STS-51L scans.
3 January 2010
Started adding scans to STS-51L.
1 January 2010
Added scans of several ships which didn't participate to MA-7 and MA-8 thanks to Tom Steiner. Listed one new ship to each of LJ-2 (USS Norfolk) and LJ-5 (USS Bitten). Added signed PRS covers to Apollo 11 and 13.
31 December 2009
Added Kunia and TF-140 Control Center covers to Apollo 14. Update my article on ASTP PRS covers and added two extra covers to the article. Added a signed PRS Beck cover to Gemini 7 and an interesting PRS cover and associated letter from a member of theUSS Hornet to his family for Apollo 11. Added the USS Robert A. Owens to Gemini 3.
30 December 2009
Added US Remey and USS John R Pierce 'Return to Port' covers to MA-7 and USS Davis to MA-9 thanks to Tom Steiner. Also added several ships which didn't participate to MA-9 again thanks to Tom Steiner.
27 December 2009
Added a number of covers to Apollo 17 thanks to Luc Jallot. Added several ships which didn't participate to MA-8 thanks to Tom Steiner.
26 December 2009
Added several ships which didn't participate to MA-7 thanks to Tom Steiner. Corrected designation of the Rose Knot and Coastal Sentry from USNS to USAF for Project Mercury.
23 December 2009
Added the extremely rare covers USS Conway to MR-4 and USS Hoist to MA-8 thanks to Tom Steiner. Also thanks to Tom, added USS Waller to MR-4 and USNS Watertown to MA-8.
22 December 2009
Added a number of covers to Apollo 16 including a Beck B881 printed cover with a USS Alacrity corner card thanks to Luc Jallot.
21 December 2009
Added several new covers to STS-51L thanks to Tom Steiner. Scans to come.
18 December 2009
Major New Section Started - STS-51L : The Challenger Disaster. Initial list of ships and covers completed. Scans will be added over time.
11 December 2009
Added a possibly unique Beck printed B757 cover with a USS Nicholas postmark to Apollo 7. This is the only known printed Beck cover with a USS Nicholas postmark for Apollo 7!
10 December 2009
Added new display covers to Apollo 13 and Skylab 4. Added Pago- No Pago cover to Apollo 14. Added Western Samoa Splashdown postmarked covers to Apollo 12 & 14. Also added a red Western Samoa Splashdown postmarked cover to Apollo 15 thanks to Luc Jallot.
3 December 2009
Added interesting Commander in Chief Pacific PRS cover from Apollo 15
26 November 2009
Added interesting PRS cover from GT-5 with dual postmarks, another USS Grapple/USS New Orleans cover from Skylab 3 and a USS New Orleans cover from ASTP, both thanks to Steve Durst. Added another USS New Orleans cover from ASTP.
25 November 2009
Added signed PRS covers from Apollo 11 and Skylab 4 and two from ASTP
22 November 2009
Added USNS Mercury, USNS Redstone and USNS Wheeling covers to Apollo 10 thanks to Luc Jallot
11 November 2009
Added USNS Redstone to ASTP and also added an article on ASTP Primary Recovery Ship Covers giving important new information
10 November 2009
Added a Skylab 4 crew signed PRS cover thanks to Steve Durst
4 November 2009
Added some extremely rare and interesting covers today. A MR-4 USS Randolph cover signed by the Captain, an Apollo 13 Captain's cover signed by the Supply Officer & the Recovery Helicopter Pilot, a GT-4 Captain's cover on the back of an Orbit cover and another example of the extremely rare GT-3 USS Intrepid hand cancel! Finally another rare MR-4 USS Randolph cover signed by the ship's XO and Gus Grissom thanks to Florian Noller.
1 November 2009
Added 2 interesting USS Ticonderoga covers to Apollo 16, a USS New Orleans cover to ASTP and a USS Yorktown to Apollo 8, all thanks to Robert Mcleod
29 October 2009
Added interesting information to Skylab 4 (see note 7)
28 October 2009
Added USNS Redstone variety to Skylab 2, USS Escape variety to Skylab 3 and signed PRS cover to Skylab 4 all thanks to Luc Jallot
26 October 2009
Added pago pago plus several ship cover varieties to Skylab 3 thanks to Tom Steiner. Also added a Kunia cover plus several ship cover varieties to Skylab 4, again thanks to Tom Steiner. Add PRS signed cover for Skylab 2, 3 & 4.
24 October 2009
Added 2 signed PRS covers and an unusual 'return to port' cover to Skylab 4 thanks to Tom Steiner. Also USNS Redstone, USNS Vanguard and Kunia covers, also tanks to Tom Steiner
21 October 2009
Added USS Grapple cover to Skylab 3. Added signed PRS, Norfolk and San Francisco covers to ASTP
16 October 2009
Added new information regarding the solid bar cancel used on the PRS for Skylab 4
8 October 2009
Added a PRS signed covers to Skylab 3
7 October 2009
Added a PRS signed covers to Skylab 4
3 October 2009
Added a 3 PRS signed covers to Skylab 2 (1 from Tom Steiner). Added several USNS Redstone and USNS Vanguard covers to Skylab 2.
1 October 2009
Added a USNS Vanguard cover to Apollo 17 and a PRS signed cover to Skylab 3
27 September 2009
Added a USNS Vanguard cover to Skylab 1
18 September 2009
Corrected some errors with PRS signed covers for MA-7 to 9
15 September 2009
Added a variety of Norfolk cover to Apollo 13 and Apollo 17
9 September 2009
Added a variety of US Lake Champlain covers to MR-3 thanks to Steve Durst
1 September 2009
Added Western Samoa covers with special Recovery postmarks for Apollo 11, 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17. Added an unusual cacheted USS Noa cover for MA-6.
Added TF-130 cachets to Skylab 2,3 & 4
5 August 2009
Added USS Ponchatoula cover with Captain's corner card to Apollo 14. Added unusual USS Guadalcanal Beck cover to Apollo 9. Added signed PRS covers to Apollo 12 & 16. Added Kunia to Skylab 2.
4 August 2009
Corrected error with USS Kawishiwi cover for MA-9
3 August 2009
Added USNS Coastal Sentry postmark variety to Gemini 5 (Antoni Rigo). Added Norfolk and Kunia (Recovery Control Centers) to Apollo 7 to 17.
27 July 2009
Added Table listing Primary Recovery Ship Captains - please email me if you know any of the missing names
26 July 2009
Added a signed PRS cover to Gemini 5
25 July 2009
Added 2 more signed PRS covers to Skylab 4
21 July 2009
Added signed PRS covers to Mercury 8 & 9 and Apollo 201
19 July 2009
Added interesting variation on Apollo 14 USS Ponchatoula cover
15 July 2009
Added interesting Apollo 12 PRS cover with additional GB Postage Due stamps plus 4 signed Apollo 12 PRS covers
14 July 2009
Added signed USS Forrest Sherman cover for Mercury 9
12 July 2009
Added signed PRS cover for Apollo 14
10 July 2009
Added signed PRS covers for Apollo 13, 15 and 16
8 July 2009
Added the scarce GT-6A USS Wasp cover with inverted year postmark
22 June 2009 - 7 July 2009
Offline due to computer failure
21 June 2009
Added scans of Cape Canaveral or Port Canaveral covers to each Mercury mission.
18 June 2009
Mercury Precursor section completed.
15 June 2009
Added new section on Gemini Mission Reports.
11 June 2009
Added sensational discovery of a MA-9 inter ship cover from the USS Kawishiwi to the USS Thomason. Also added signed PRS cover to ASTP.
10 June 2009
Added 2 signed USS Essex covers to Apollo 7. Added Gordon Cachet and USS Nimble cover to Gemini 9. Added two cover variations (USS Carpenter & USNS Watertown) and two Recovery Center covers to Apollo 6 (Tom Steiner).
9 June 2009
Added scans of USS Hancock, USS Hornet and USS Independence to MA-8.
8 June 2009
Added new section on covers for training missions. Added new section on Apollo Mission Reports.
5 June 2009 - Major Site Upgrade Now Finished
Finished updating ASTP & Skylab scans and added scans for both oceans.
4 June 2009
Finished updating Apollo scans and added scans for both oceans. Added info to AS-202 & Apollo 5.
3 June 2009
Updated Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 scans and added scans for both oceans.
2 June 2009
Added a new USS Grapple cover to Skylab and USNS Rose Knot & USNS Watertown to Apollo 5. Added new category of cover for Apollo 16 & 17.
1 June 2009
Updated Apollo 9 and Apollo 10 scans and added scans for both oceans. Added a new USS Grapple cover to Skylab 2.
31 May 2009
Added new information to AS-202. Updated Apollo 7 and Apollo 8 scans and added scans for both oceans.
30 May 2009
Added the USNS Vanguard (Steve Durst) and Norfolk (Tom Steiner) to Apollo 501 (Apollo 4).
28 May 2009
Updated AS-501 & Apollo 6 scans and added scans for both oceans. Added USNS Redstone to Apollo 5.
27 May 2009
Added the USS Hoist to Apollo 501 (Tom Steiner) & added articles on USS Noa and USS Antietam covers to MA-6.
26 May 2009
Added the USS Putnam to GT-2 (Steve Durst) and USS Carpenter to Apollo 501 (Dennis Paul).
25 May 2009
Updated AS-201 & AS-202 scans and added scans for both oceans.
24 May 2009
Updated GT-10, GT-11 & GT-12 scans, added tracking ship cover scans and added scans for both oceans.
23 May 2009
Added scans for both oceans to Gemini 4-9
20-22 May 2009
Added 3 Artopages cachets to Skylab 3. Updated GT-6, GT-6A, GT-7, GT-8 & GT-9A scans & added tracking ship cover scans.
19 May 2009
Fixed links for GT-3. Updated GT-5 scans & added tracking ship cover scans.
18 May 2009
Added 12 commemorative ship covers from Eddie Bizub to MA-9.
17 May 2009
Started Updating Gemini cover scans from postmarks only to full cover scans. Also added scans of tracking ships and cachets from both Oceans. Done Gemini 2-4
15 May 2009
Added the following covers to MA-7:
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt
Updated the Synopsis
13 May 2009
Added several covers to AS-202 including the elusive USS Opportune (Tom Steiner)
12 May 2009
Added the following covers to MA-9:
USS Charles R. Ware
Several Tracking Ships
10 May 2009
Added the following covers (From Tom Steiner):
5 Beck Error Covers
7 May 2009
Added the following covers (From Tom Steiner):
Skylab IV - USS New Orleans/USS Grapple Dual Cover
Skylab IV - Artopages cachet
3 May 2009
Added the following covers (From Eddie Bizub):
Gemini-5 USS Preserver
Gemini-7 USS Paiute
AS-201 USS Bordelon
Apollo-7 USS Paiute
Apollo-7 USS Rupertus
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