OTUS ARG 20

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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.

    Otus Class Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship
    Keel Laid June 3 1940 as Maritime type C3 hull
    Launched November 2 1940 as FRED MORRIS
    Acquired by U.S. Navy March 1 1941

  1. USS OTUS AS-20
    Commissioned Submarine Tender (AS) March 19 1941

  2. USS OTUS ARG-20
    Reclassified Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship (ARG) June 25 1945
    Decommissioned August 20 1946

    Sold August 21 1946
    Struck from Naval Register September 25 1946

 

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. Covers Page 1    (1941-45)

 

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.

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
to
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


 

Locy Type
FDPS 3

"FIRST DAY /
POST.SERV."

1941-09-19

GregCiesielski Otus AS20 19410919 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Otus AS20 19410919 1 Front.jpg

First Day of Postal Service. Patriotic cachet by Jacques Minkus


 

Locy Type
FDPS 9efw

1941-09-19

JonBurdett otus as20 19410919 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett otus as20 19410919.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
FDPS 9x

1941-09-19

Bunter Otus ARG 20 19410919 1 pm2.jpg
Bunter Otus ARG 20 19410919 1 front.jpg

Cachet is thermographed. First Day of Postal Service, cachet by Walter Czubay


 

Locy Type
2z

1945-01-25

JonBurdett otus as20 19450125 pm.jpg
JonBurdett otus as20 19450125.jpg

Censored wartime (WWII) use


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BTT)

1941-10-11

GregCiesielski Otus AS20 19411011 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Otus AS20 19411011 1 Front.jpg

Sailor's Mail


 

Locy Type
3z (BTB)

"SAILOR'S /
LETTER"

1943-05-21

JonBurdett otus as20 19430521 pm.jpg
JonBurdett otus as20 19430521.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9v

1943-09-25
to
1943-10-04

JonBurdett otus as20 19430925 pm.jpg
JonBurdett otus as20 19430925.jpg

Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type
9efw

1941-10-18

GregCiesielski Otus AS20 19411018 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Otus AS20 19411018 1 Front.jpg

Money Order Business (MOB) postmark, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-Z1

1944-08-22

Bunter Otus ARG 20 19440822 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Otus ARG 20 19440822 1 front.jpg

Note:

 

Other Information

OTUS earned 1 Battle Star for her World War II service.

NAMESAKE - Named for a mythological son of Iphimedia (wife of Aloeus) and Poseidon

 


 

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