Apollo 201 (AS-201) - 26 February 1966 - Unmanned

Recovery Force Ships
Ship Type Designation Covers
USS Boxer PRS - Carrier LPH-4 Y
USS Beale SRS - Destroyer DD-471 N
USS Bordelon SRS - Destroyer DD-881 Y(Scarce)
USS Fidelity SRS - Ocean Minesweeper MSO-443 N
USS Jonus Ingram SRS - Destroyer DD-938 Y
USS Kankakee SRS - Oiler AO-39 N
USS Kaskaskia SRS - Oiler AO-27 Y
USS Salinan SRS - Fleet Ocean Tug ATF-161 N
USS Turner SRS - Destroyer DD-834 Y
USS Waldron SRS - Destroyer DD-699 Y
USS Waller SRS - Destroyer DD-466 N
USS Robert L Wilson SRS - Destroyer DD-847 Y
Tracking & Communication Ships
USNS Rose Knot TS - Atlantic T-AGM 14 N
USNS Coastal Crusaderi TS - Atlantic T-AGM 16 N

Cachet Description of Cachet Colours Type
Navy Recovery Force Cachet

Designed by Morris Beck it shows small Gemini capsule and

 Maroon, Black Rubber Stamp
Beck Cachet Same as Navy Cachet  See Below Printed
Apollo 201 Cachet A small circular text cachet usually appears as an extra cachet. Produced by Morris Beck Black, Red, Blue Rubber Stamp
Goldcraft Cachet 1 Goldcraft 'We Shall Reach the Moon' Cachet Black Rubber Stamp
Goldcraft Cachet 21b Shows head of President Kennedy Blue Rubber Stamp
Gordon Cachet1c 26 FEB. 1966 1st APOLLO-SATURN 1B etc Blue Rubber Stamp

Postmark Variations
Ship Description of Postmark Scarcity
 USS Boxer  Machine Cancel Common
 USS Boxer Hand Cancel  Scarce

Navy Recovery Force Cachet Colours & Beck Cachet Numbers


Known Cachet Colours

Beck Numbers & Colours

USS Boxer Maroon, Blue, Blackii 622 - Blue
USS Jonus Ingram Black 623 - Red
USS Kaskaskia Black, Maroon 626 - Orange
627 - Turquoise
USS Turner Black 624 - Silver
USS Waldron Black None
USS Robert L Wilson Black 625 - Green

Interesting Cachets & Covers
Cachet Description of Cachet Colours Type
USS Boxer Blue Navy cancel on front and blue orbit cancel on back - this is extremely unusual as the standard orbit cachet is Red and Blue Blue / Blue Rubber Stamp & Printed
USS Boxer Maroon Navy cancel on front (badly faded) and blue orbit cancel on back - this is extremely unusual as the standard orbit cachet is Red and Blue Maroon / Blue Rubber Stamp & Printed
USS Jonus Ingram Very unusual cover with Navy cachet on ship's envelope Black / Aqua Rubber Stamp & Printed
USS Waldron A general cachet showing the mission trajectory and incorrectly marked Apollo 1. Such general cachets are unusual on Apollo SRS covers. Green Printed
USS Robert L.Wilson1 Great cover addressed to the Commander of Destroyer Division Three Six Two. It not only has a blue ship's cachet but also a possibly unique blue Navy cachet! Blue Rubber Stamp
USS Robert L.Wilson1c Cachet shows a drawing of a rocket in flight Black & Red Hand Drawn?

Signed PRS Covers including Helicopter Recovery Covers - these covers were actually aboard the PRS during recovery
Postmark Description of Cover Postmark Date
USS Boxer PRS Recovery Cover signed by the pilot Cdr C. N. Tilton 26 February1966

General Notes:
i) Donald Schultz, in his book 'Project Apollo ... three steps and the moon' lists this ship as being involved. However, it is not mentioned in the NASA Mission Report and there is significant doubt that it was involved.
ii ) The black cachet is the hardest to find. Only two examples have been seen on eBay during the last 12 months, both with the scarce hand cancel.

Other Notes:
1) Sold on eBay during 2015 a) 2016 b) 2019 c) 2021
2) Scan of CC cover from Dennis Dillman

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