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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.

    Red Wood Class 157 ft Coastal Buoy Tender
    Keel Laid October 26 1970 - Launched June 19 1971

    Commissioned December 10 1971 - Decommissioned March 28 1996

    Scuttled in 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 Red Oak WLM-689 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

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


Machine Cancel

Gloucester City NJ



HOMEPORT - Gloucester City NJ 1971 to 1988. Add-on cachet by Michael Hebert (Mh Cachets)


USPS Pictorial

"B Free
Franklin Station"

Philadelphia, PA



HOMEPORT - Philadelphia PA 1988 to 1996. Decommissioning, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

USCGC RED OAK was awarded the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation for her "excellent and professional performance during the period 31 January to 28 February 1975 in containing and reducing the damage inflicted on the estuarine environment by the spillage of 150,000 gallons of crude oil" caused by the collision of two petroleum cargo vessels. She received her second Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation "for her valiant and diligent efforts in replacing the many Aids to Navigation moved off station during the ice season of 4 January to 31 March 1977. Her tireless efforts enabled ports along the Delaware to remain open for commerce." She was awarded a Coast Guard Unit Commendation for her "meritorious service as on scene commander, directing the rescue and firefighting efforts of 10 civilian and Coast Guard vessels following the explosion of a barge carrying 10,000 barrels of JP4 jet fuel on 20 March 1978." She earned her third Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation in 1981 for "her support of Coast Guard Aids to Navigation during the period from 3 December 1979 to 1 June 1981.

NAMESAKE - Any of numerous American oaks having 4 stamens in each floret, acorns requiring two years to mature and leaf veins usually extending beyond the leaf margin to form points or bristles.



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