SKYLAB RECOVERY SHIP COVER & POSTMARK VARIETIES

Skylab 1 - Launch 14 May 1973

Recovery Force Ships

 

Ship Type Designation Covers

Atlantic

USS Escapei

SRS - Rescue & Salvage Ship

ARS-6

Y

Tracking Ships

USNS Vanguard

TS - Tracking Ship

T-AGM-19

Y

USNS Redstoneii,2

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 HI2

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 Common
USNS Range Sentinel Cape Canaveral 14 May Machine Cancel Common

USNS Range Sentinel

Cape Canaveral 15 May Machine Cancel. A cover with a different cachet2 exists. U/K
USNS Vanguard1 Mar Del Plata - 16 May - Rubber Stamp Cachet 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

Notes General:
i) The USS Escape was the launch site recovery ship.
ii) The USNS Redstone was stationed in port on standby

Notes Other:
1) From the collection of Dennis Paul
2) From the collection of Tom Steiner

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