NORTHAMPTON CA 26

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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.


    Northampton Class Light Cruiser
    Keel Laid 12 April 1928 - Launched 5 September 1929

  1. USS NORTHAMPTON CL 26
  2. Commissioned 7 May 1930

  3. USS NORTHAMPTON CA 26
  4. Reclassified Heavy Cruiser (CA) 1 July 1931
    SUNK by Torpedoes 1 December 1942 from the Japanese Destroyer OYASHIO, Battle of Tassafaronga, off Guadalcanal

 

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Northampton CA-26 Covers Page 1    (1930 - Sept 1934)
  2. USS Northampton CA-26 Covers Page 2    (Oct 1934 - 1942)
  3. USS Northampton CA-26 Fancy Postmarks Page 1    (1933-1936)

 

Postmarks

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.

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Postmarks have been enhanced for clarity


 

Postmark Type
---
Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link To
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image


 

Locy Type
FDC 3s (A)

"BOSTON /
MASS"

1930-05-17

JohnGermann Northampton CL26 19300517 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Northampton CL26 19300517 1 Front.jpg

Commissioning


 

Locy Type
3 (B-BTT)

"NAVY / DAY"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. N-18

(1933-1934)

1933-10-27

GregCiesielski Northampton CA26 19331027 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Northampton CA26 19331027 2 Front.jpg

CA-26. Navy Day


 

Locy Type
3 (B-BTT)

"JULIAN FEB /
CALENDAR 12"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. N-18a

(1934-1935)

1935-02-22

GregCiesielski Northampton CA26 19350222 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Northampton CA26 19350222 2 Front.jpg

CA-26. George Washington's Birthday. Red ink


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-TTT)

"HE HAS /
RISEN"

(1935)

1935-04-21

GregCiesielski Northampton CA26 19350421 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Northampton CA26 19350421 2 Front.jpg

CA-26. Easter, cachet by Marshall R. Hall


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TBB)

"BREMERTON /
WASH"

(1937-1939)

1937-11-08

GregCiesielski Northampton CA26 19371108 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Northampton CA26 19371108 1 Front.jpg

CA-26. Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

"SEATTLE /
WASHINGTON"

(1939-1941)

1941-01-11

JonBurdett northampton cl26 19410111 pm.jpg
JonBurdett northampton cl26 19410111.jpg

CA-26


 

Locy Type
3b (B-XTX)

(1936)

1936-02-22

GregCiesielski Northampton CA26 19360222 1 Postmark 3b.jpg
GregCiesielski Northampton CA26 19360222 1 Front.jpg

CA-26. Washington's Birthday


 

Locy Type
3s (A)

"LONG BEACH /
CALIF"

(1930-1937)

1935-10-12

GregCiesielski Northampton CA26 19351012 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Northampton CA26 19351012 1 Front.jpg

CA-26. Columbus Day, cachet by C. Wright Richell


 

Locy Type
3z (BTT)

(1942)

1942-05-27

JonBurdett northampton ca26 19420527 pm.jpg
JonBurdett northampton ca26 19420527.jpg

CA-26. Censored WWII use


 

Locy Type 9

(1936)

1936-02-14

GregCiesielski Northampton CA26 19360214 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Northampton CA26 19360214 1 Front.jpg

CA-26. Valentine's Day


 

Locy Type 9

(1936)

1936-02-22

GregCiesielski Northampton CA26 19360222 1 Postmark 9.jpg
GregCiesielski Northampton CA26 19360222 1 Front.jpg

CA-26. Washington's Birthday. Type 9 with "FLAG DIV 4" instead of a date


 

Locy Type 9v

(1930-1935)

1935-12-25

Bunter Northampton CA 26 19351225 1 pm2.jpg
Bunter Northampton CA 26 19351225 1 front.jpg

CA-26


 

Locy Type 9v

(1937-1941)

1937-07-25

JonBurdett northampton ca26 19370725r pm9v.jpg
JonBurdett northampton ca26 19370725.jpg

CA-26


 

Locy Type 9w

(1935)

1935-12-25

Bunter Northampton CA 26 19351225 1 pm3.jpg
Bunter Northampton CA 26 19351225 1 front.jpg

CA-26


 

Locy Type
9efw

(1937)

1937-07-25

JonBurdett northampton ca26 19370725r pm9w.jpg
JonBurdett northampton ca26 19370725.jpg

CA-26


 

Locy Type 9x

(1937-1940)

1937-07-25

JonBurdett northampton ca26 19370725r pm9x.jpg
JonBurdett northampton ca26 19370725.jpg

CA-26


 

Locy Type F

"EASTER / SUNDAY"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. N-18b

(1934)

1934-04-01

GregCiesielski Northampton CA26 19340401 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Northampton CA26 19340401 1 Front.jpg

CA-26. Easter, Crosby r/s marking on backside along with a machine postmark from San Pedro CA


 

Locy Type F

"BOOST THE NAVY /
COLLECT NAVY COVERS"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. N-18c

(1933-1934)

1933-01-26

Bunter Northampton CA 26 19330126 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Northampton CA 26 19330126 1 front.jpg

CA-26


 

Locy Type F

"FIRST DAY /
DRAGON CANCEL"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. N-18d

(1934)

1934-09-30

GregCiesielski Northampton 19340930 CA26 1 Postmark.jpg

N/A

CA-26. Postmark illustration courtesy of the USCS Postmark Catalog, 5th Edition. I need a cover scan with this postmark!


 

Locy Type F

"STRONG NAVY /
STRONG NATION"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. N-18e

(1934)

1934-10-27

GregCiesielski Northampton 19341027 CA26 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Northampton 19341027 CA26 3 Front.jpg

CA-26. Navy Day, cachet by Marshall R. Hall


 

Locy Type F

"FLEET WEEK /
SEATTLEWASH"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. N-18f

(1934-1935)

1935-08-02

GregCiesielski Northampton 19350802 CA26 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Northampton 19350802 CA26 1 Front.jpg

CA-26. Fleet Week, cachet by Leo A. Miller


 

Locy Type Fa

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. N-18g

(Killer Bars Removed)

1936-02-14

GregCiesielski Northampton CA26 19360214 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Northampton 19360214 CA26 2 Front.jpg

CA-26. From the Bob Govern collection.


 

Locy Type Fb

"AHOY 1936 /
BEST WISHES"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. N-18g

(1936)

1936-01-01

JonBurdett northampton ca26 19360101 pm.jpg
JonBurdett northampton ca26 19360101.jpg

CA-26. Listed only as Type Fa in USCS Postmark Catalog...Only the upper bar is missing in this example


 

Locy Type
SLPbs

(Unlisted)

(1937)

1937-05-17

JonBurdett northampton ca26 19370517 pm.jpg
JonBurdett northampton ca26 19370517.JPG

CA-26

 

Other Information

USS NORTHAMPTON earned the Navy Combat Action Ribbon, the American Defense Service Medal w/ Fleet Clasp, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 6 Battle Stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Northampton, Massachusetts.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Grace Coolidge, wife of former President Calvin Coolidge.

 


 

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