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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.

    DSV (Deep Submergence Vehicle)
    Built December 1962 - Tested February 1964 - Delivered May 1964

    Placed In Service 5 June 1964

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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. DSV Alvin DSV-2 Covers Page 1     1970-1985
  2. DSV Alvin DSV-2 Covers Page 2     2016-2018



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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 Postmark


Pictorial Postmark

5000th Dive Station"

Woods Hole MA


GregCiesielski DSVAlvin 20181228 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski DSVAlvin 20181228 1 Front.jpg

Collectors cover serviced by Richard F. Hoffner.

DSV Alvin Chapter No. 108, USCS Cover


USPS Type 9

Woods Hole MA


GregCiesielski DSVAlvin 20160216 1 Front.jpg


Cachet by the DSV Alvin Chapter No. 108, USCS

Postage Stamps Commemorating DSV Alvin




GregCiesielski DSVAlvin 1997 1 Front.jpg


Souvenir Sheet of nine "Exploring The Oceans - Pioneers of the Deep". Dr. Robert Ballard and ALVIN are featured on the center stamp, bottom row.




GregCiesielski DSVAlvin 2000 1 Front.jpg


"ALVIN visits geothermal vents", center stamp.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named to honor the prime mover and creative inspiration for the vehicle, Allyn Vine.



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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