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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.

    Edenton Class Salvage and Rescue Ship
    Keel Laid 28 March 1967 - Launched 15 May 1968

    Originally commissioned as USS EDENTON ATS-1
    Commissioned 23 January 1971 - Decommissioned 29 March 1996
    See USS EDENTON ATS-1 for more information

  2. Transferred to the USCG as Medium Endurance Cutter (WMEC) 18 November 1997
    Commissioned (Special) 10 July 1999


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 Alex Haley WMEC-39 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


USPS Type 9

"Brooklyn-Curtis Bay Br."

Baltimore MD



ALEX HALEY. Commissioning (Special). Cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


USPS Type 12

"USCG Base
Kodiak Post Office"

Kodiak AK



USCG Base Kodiak Alaska. From the Richard F. Hoffner collection.


Other Information


NAMESAKE - Named after author and journalist Alex Haley, the first chief journalist of the Coast Guard, the first African-American to reach the rank of chief petty officer, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family. Haley served in the Coast Guard for 20 years.



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