Naval Cover Museum
Established October 2000
Sept 5, 2015
The wiki version of the Museum is back up and running.
See the Current Status section below for details.


  • 1900's
    USS Tacoma CL-20

  • 1910's
    USS Panther AD-6

  • 1920's
    Destroyer Squadron 14

  • 1930's
    USS Pennsylvania BB-38

  • 1940's
    USS Argus PY-14

  • 1950's
    USS Albany CA-123

  • 1960's
    USS Enterprise CVN-65

  • 1970's
    USS Dwight D Eisenhower CVN-69

  • 1980's
    USS McKee AS-41

  • 1990's
    USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72

  • 2000's
    USS Kitty Hawk CV-63

  • 2010's
    USS Sampson DDG-102

Current Status

The wiki version of the Museum is back up and running. You may access its main page here. All changes made during the interim will be moved over as soon as possible. The static HTML version of the Museum will still be available until the wiki version is up to date. Thank you for your patience!


What is a Naval Cover?

A Naval Cover is any envelope, postcard, or other postal medium that is mailed from or somehow related to a navy ship, location, or event. Beginning in 1908, post offices were established on board U.S. Navy ships and each ship had one or more postmarks to "cancel" the stamps used on the cover. The postmark, or cancellation, would usually have the ship's name and the date that the cover was cancelled.


Starting in the 1930's, covers with printed designs, called cachets, began appearing and established a large following. Many different cachets were designed and sent to various ships to be cancelled and mailed. Some cachets were designed for a specific ship while others were generic (perhaps for a holiday or commemorating an historical event) and sent to many different ships. World War II severely curtailed the creation and distribution of cachets and while covers with cachets are still created today, the phenomenon has never regained its pre-war level of enthusiasm.


Naval Covers present us with a snapshot of history; a window into a passing age. You hold history in your hand and wonder about the lives, the men and women, the events that were part of that era. Their image is preserved here. Come and visit them.


The Naval Cover Museum

The mission of the Museum is to store and present scanned images of naval covers and related paraphernalia. As such, it is first and foremost an image repository that provides the ability for members to upload covers, categorized them based on multiple criteria, and then display them either individually or in groups based on selected criteria. It is our hope that this collected information will not only act as a way to preserve this unique art form but also allow greater scholarship within the hobby by providing easy access to a wide variety of covers that might otherwise be hidden away in individual collections.


The Museum has no physical location and does not have any physical inventory. All we have are scanned images provided by our members.