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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Reliance Class 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter
    Keel Laid January 5 1968 - Launched

    Commissioned August 4 1969 - Decommissioned for MMA January 1993
    Recommissioned 1995

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USCGC Alert WMEC-630 Covers Page 1    (1974-2009)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning August 4 1969 to January 1993


Machine Cancel

Cape May NJ



Add-on cachet by Michael Hebert (Mh Cachets)

2nd Commissioning 1995 to present


Locy Type
2-1(n+) (D2,USS)
(weak "E")

USS Constellation



Port Visit - SEAFAIR 96, Official Ship Cachet from the USCGC Alert WMEC-630


Other Information

Seven cutters of the US Coast Guard have borne the name ALERT - USRC Alert (Schooner 1818), USRC Alert (Schooner 1829), USRC Alert (Centerboard Sloop 1877),
USRC Alert (Steam Launch 1901), USRC Alert (Steam Harbor Tug 1907), USCGC Alert WMEC-127 and USCGC Alert WMEC-630

Five ships of the US Navy have borne the name ALERT - USS Alert (18-gun Sloop-of-War 1803), USS Alert (Screw Tug 1861), USS Alert (Screw Steamer AS-4),
USS Alert (Steam Launch 1896) and USS Alert SP-511.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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