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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.

    Legend Class Cutter
    Keel Laid 17 May 2013 - Launched 3 May 2014
    Christening 16 August 2014

    Commissioned August 8, 2015

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 James WMSL-754 Covers Page 1     (2013-2015)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


USPS Pictorial

Ceremony Sta."

Boston MA


Commissioning, postmark designed by Wolfgang Hechler, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for Joshua James (1826–1902), an American sea captain and a U.S. Life-Saving Service station keeper credited with saving over 600 lives

The cutter's sponsor is James' great-great niece, Charlene Benoit. She is the great grand daughter of Joshua James' brother Samuel James.



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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