COLUMBUS CG 12

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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.

    Baltimore Class Heavy Gun Cruiser
    Keel Laid June 28 1943 - Launched November 30 1944

  1. USS COLUMBUS CA-74
    Commissioned June 8 1945 - Decommissioned May 8 1959
    Converted Guided Missile Cruiser September 30 1959

  2. USS COLUMBUS CG-12
    Recommissioned December 1 1962 - Decommissioned January 31 1975

    Stricken August 9 1976
    Sold for scrap on October 3 1977
COLUMBUS CA PATCH.jpg

Naval Covers

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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. Columbus Covers Page 1     (1944-1975)

 

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
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image


 

USPO Machine cancel
Quincy MA

1944-11-30
to
1944-11-30

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19441130 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19441130 1 Postmark.jpg

Launching of USS Columbus CA-74


 

USPO Machine cancel
Quincy MA

1944-11-30
to
1944-11-30

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19441130 2 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19441130 2 Postmark.jpg

Launching of USS Columbus CA-74
The word "Capital" is misspelled in the cachet.


1st Commissioning June 8 1945 to May 8 1959


 

Locy Type
FDC 2tz

1945-06-08
to
1945-06-08

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19450608 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19450608 1 Front.jpg

As CA-74. Commissioning, Censored. Cachet Artist is C. Wright Richell, Sponsored by Richell ICG #6 and Marshall R. Hall ICG #10.


 

Locy Type
2

1953-11-23
to
1953-11-23

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19531123 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19531123 1 Front.jpg

As CA-74


 

Locy Type
2

1954-03-31
to
1954-03-31

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19540331 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19540331 1 Front.jpg

As CA-74. Return of the Black Ships
Cachet artist - Raymond W. Milling
Cachet Sponsor - Moffett Chapter No. 6, USCS


 

Locy Type
2(n)

USCS Catalog
Illustration
C-59

1945-10-27
to
1945-10-27

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19451027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19451027 1 Front.jpg

As CA-74. Navy Day, cachet by Emil A. Thurman and Onzay


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1946-06-08
to
1946-06-08

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19460608 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19460608 1 Front.jpg

As CA-74
1st Anniversary of Commissioning


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1946-09-18
to
1946-09-18

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19460918 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19460918 1 Front.jpg

As CA-74
Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type
2(n)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-59a

1947-04-30
to
1947-04-30

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19470430 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19470430 1 Front.jpg

As CA-74. R/S Ship's return address on front


 

Locy Type
2(n)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-59a

1947-05-15
to
1947-05-15

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19470515 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19470515 1 Front.jpg

As CA-74. Official Business


 

Locy Type
2(n)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-59a

1947-10-27
to
1947-10-27

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19471027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19471027 1 Front.jpg

As CA-74
Navy Day


 

Locy Type
2(n)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-59a

1948-03-15
to
1948-03-15

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19480315 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19480315 1 Front.jpg

As CA-74


 

Locy Type
2(n)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-59a

1948-05-29
to
1948-05-29

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19480529 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19480529 1 Front.jpg

As CA-74
100th Anniversary of the State of Wisconsin


 

Locy Type
2(n)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-59a

1948-07-04
to
1948-07-04

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19480704 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19480704 1 Front.jpg

As CA-74. Independence Day. Midshipman's Practice Cruise R/S cachet


 

Locy Type
2(n)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-59a

1948-11-25
to
1948-11-25

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19481125 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19481125 1 Front.jpg

As CA-74
Thanksgiving Day 1948


 

Locy Type
2(n)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-59a

1948-11-25
to
1948-11-25

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19481125 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19481125 2 Front.jpg

As CA-74. "Our Navy in Mediterranean Waters" cover


 

Locy Type
2(n)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-59a

1949-10-27
to
1949-10-27

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19491027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19491027 1 Front.jpg

As CA-74. Navy Day
Frank H. Strobel


 

Locy Type
2(n)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-59a

1950-04-09
to
1950-04-09

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19500409 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19500409 1 Front.jpg

As CA-74. Easter, cachet by William T. (Duke) Gmahle


 

Locy Type
2(n)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-59a

1950-06-14
to
1950-06-14

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19500614 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19500614 1 Front.jpg

As CA-74. Flag Day 1950


 

Locy Type
2(n)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-59a

1952-10-12
to
1952-10-12

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19521012 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19521012 2 Front.jpg

As CA-74. Columbus Day, cachet by William T. (Duke) Gmahle


 

Locy Type 2(n)
1957

1958-09-09
to
1958-09-09

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19580909 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19580909 1 Front.jpg

As CA-74. Cacheted.


 

Locy Type 2#

1945-07-31
to
1945-07-31

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19450731 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19450731 2 Front.jpg

As CA-74. Official Business.


 

Locy Type
9ef(nu)

1948-11-25
to
1948-11-25

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19481125 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19481125 3 Back.jpg

As CA-74. Backside of the "Our Navy in Mediterranean Waters" cover


 

Locy Type
9ef(nu)

1950-04-09
to
1950-04-09

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19500409 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19500409 1 Front.jpg

As CA-74. Easter, cachet by William T. (Duke) Gmahle


 

Locy Type 9#

1945-07-19
to
1945-07-19

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19450719 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19450719 1 Back.jpg

As CA-74. Registered Official Business


 

Locy Type 9#

1945-07-19
to
1945-07-19

GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19450719 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CA74 19450719 1 Back.jpg

As CA-74. Registered Official Business


2nd Commissioning December 1 1962 to January 31 1975


 

Locy Type
FDR 2(n+)

1962-12-01
to
1962-12-01

GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19621201 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19621201 1 Front.jpg

As CG-12. Recommissioned as CG-12, cachet by William F. Luckett


 

Locy Type
FDR 2(n+)

1962-12-01
to
1962-12-01

GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19621201 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19621201 2 Front.jpg

As CG-12
Recommissioned as CG-12, cachet by J.J. Spaulding USCS #6856


 

Locy Type
FDR 2(n+)

1962-12-01
to
1962-12-01

GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19621201 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19621201 3 Front.jpg

As CG-12. Recommissioned as CG-12, cachet by Morris W. Beck


 

Locy Type
2(n+)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-59b

1966-02-21
to
1966-02-21

GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19660221 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19660221 1 Front.jpg

As CG-12. New Home Port. Cachet by Tazewell Nicholson.


 

Locy Type
2(n+)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-59b

1966-09-05
to
1966-09-05

GregCiesielski USSColumbus CG12 19660905 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski USSColumbus CG12 19660905 1 Front.jpg

As CG-12. Labor Day, cachet by C. Wright Richell, sponsored by Admiral Farragut Chapter No. 3, USCS


 

Locy Type
2(n+)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-59b

1966-09-26
to
1966-09-26

GregCiesielski USSColumbus CG12 19660926 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski USSColumbus CG12 19660926 1 Front.jpg

As CG-12. Rubberstamp Ship cachet


 

Locy Type
2(n+)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-59c

1968-05-16
to
1968-05-16

GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19680516 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19680516 1 Front.jpg

As CG-12


 

Locy Type
2(n+)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-59c

1970-09-02
to
1970-09-02

GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19700902 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19700902 1 Front.jpg

As CG-12. Cachet by Frederick L. Karcher. Fraudulent use of the "FREE" mail privilege.


 

Locy Type
2(n+)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-59c

1970-09-14
to
1970-09-14

GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19700914 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19700914 1 Front.jpg

As CG-12. Official Ship's Cachet


 

Locy Type
2(n+)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-59c

1971-03-15
to
1971-03-15

GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19710315 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19710315 1 Front.jpg

As CG-12. Official Ship's Cachet


 

Locy Type
9ef(n+u)

1970-05-13
to
1970-05-13

GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19700513 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19700513 1 Front.jpg

As CG-12. Also struck with Locy Type 2(n+), USCS Postmark Catalog Illus. C-59c


 

Locy Type
LDPS 2(n+)

1974-07-27
to
1974-07-27

GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19740727 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19740727 1 Front.jpg

As CG-12. Last Day of Postal Service, cachet by Morris W. Beck


 

Locy Type
LDC 2(n+)

Locy Type
9ef(n+u)
(no date)

1975-01-31
to
1975-01-31

GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19750131 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Columbus CG12 19750131 1 Front.jpg

Decommissioning, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson

 

Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Columbus, Ohio

 


 

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