CONSTITUTION (None)

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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.

    Sail Frigate
    Keel Laid November 17 1794 - Launched October 21 1797

  1. USS CONSTITUTION Sail Frigate
    Commissioned July 2 1798 - Decommissioned 1800
    Recommissioned 1803 - Decommissioned November 1807
    Recommissioned August 1809 - Decommissioned 1815
    Recommissioned May 1821 - Decommissioned 1830
    Recommissioned 1835 - Decommissioned 1851
    Recommissioned 1852 - Decommissioned 1855
    Recommissioned 1860 - Decommissioned 1871
    Recommissioned July 1877 - Decommissioned 1884
    Renamed OLD CONSTITUTION December 1 1917, While in reserve
    Name restored July 24 1925
    Recommissioned July 1 1931 - Decommissioned June 8 1934
    Recommissioned August 24 1940

  2. USS CONSTITUTION IX-21
    Redesignated Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX) January 8 1941
    Decommissioned September 1 1945
    Recommissioned October 1971

  3. USS CONSTITUTION
    Designation (IX) dropped September 30 1975
    Currently a Museum Ship in Commission at Boston, MA.
CONSTITUTION PATCH.jpg
Constitution Crest 2 .jpg

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. USF Constitution Covers Page 1    (Jul 1-Nov 14, 1931)
  2. USF Constitution Covers Page 2    (Nov 21-Dec 31, 1931)
  3. USF Constitution Covers Page 3    (Jan 1-Apr 9,1932)
  4. USF Constitution Covers Page 3A    (Apr 18-Aug 14,1932)
  5. USF Constitution Covers Page 3B    (Aug 19-Dec 31,1932)
  6. USF Constitution Covers Page 4A    (Jan-Mar 1933)
  7. USF Constitution Covers Page 4B    (Apr-May 1933)
  8. USF Constitution Covers Page 4C    (Jun-Jul 14 1933)
  9. USF Constitution Covers Page 4D    (Jul 14-Aug 15, 1933)
  10. USF Constitution Covers Page 4E    (Aug 16-Oct 12, 1933)
  11. USF Constitution Covers Page 4F    (Oct 15-Dec 31, 1933)
  12. USF Constitution Covers Page 5A    (Jan 1-Apr 7 1934)
  13. USF Constitution Covers Page 5B    (Apr 10-Jun 8 1934)
  14. USF Constitution Covers Page 6    (Future Use)
  15. USF Constitution Covers Page 7    (1946-47)
  16. USF Constitution Covers Page 8    (1947 FDC's)
  17. USF Constitution Covers Page 9    (1965 & 1985 FDC's)
  18. USF Constitution Covers Page 10    (1975-1998)
  19. USF Constitution Covers Page 11    (2000-2020)
  20. USF Constitution Covers Page 12    (Post Cards)
  21. USF Constitution Covers Page 13    (2012 FDC's)
  22. USF Constitution Covers Page 14    (Foreign)
  23. USF Constitution Covers Page 15    (Misc. Covers)

 

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
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Killer Bar Text

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





9th Commissioning July 1 1931 to June 8 1934

First Day of Postal Service September 10 1931 - Last Day of Postal Service June 8 1934


 

Locy Type
FDPS 5hks
(U.S. FRIGATE)

"NEW YORK / N.Y."

1931-09-10

GregCiesielski USFConstitution 19310910 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski USFConstitution 19310910 1 Front.jpg

First Day of Postal Service, signed by Harry Moore, Naval Mail Clerk.


 

Locy Type
3 (BTT)
(U.S. FRIGATE)

"CRISTOBAL /
CANAL ZONE"

1932-12-25

GregCiesielski USFConstitution 19321225 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski USFConstitution 19321225 1 Front.jpg

Port Visit


 

Locy Type
5hks
(U.S. FRIGATE)

"PHILA / PA."

1931-09-25

GregCiesielski USFConstitution 19310925 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski USFConstitution 19310925 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9v

c 1931

GregCiesielski Constitution 19310910 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Constitution 19310910 1 Front.jpg

Note: This is a PROOF STRIKE on piece. This postmark was issued to the ship on 10 September 1931. It was used once at Wilmington Delaware (17 September 1931) and on four other covers from Wilmington North Carolina (21-27 November 1931). Five (5) legitimate uses are all that Navy Mail Clerk (NMC) Harry Moore did before the postmark was turned in because the NMC was not bonded.


 

Locy Type
LDC 3 (BTT)
(U.S. FRIGATE)

"BOSTON / MASS"

1934-06-08

GregCiesielski USFConstitution 19340608 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski USFConstitution 19340608 1 Front.jpg

Last Day of Commission. USF Constitution label cachet


10th Commissioning August 24 1940 to September 1 1945


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-65

1946-10-27

GregCiesielski Constitution IX21 19461027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Constitution IX21 19461027 1 Front.jpg

Note: Missing the period after the second "S" in U.S.S.


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-65a

1947-06-14

JonBurdett constitution ix21 19470614 pm.jpg
JonBurdett constitution ix21 19470614.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-65b

1948-02-12

GregCiesielski Constitution 19480212 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Constitution 19480212 1 Front.jpg

From the Jimmy Jordan collection.


 

Locy Type
7dit(1)

"BOSTON, MASS."

1947-10-21

Kalisch Constitution (None) 19471021 1 pm1.jpg
Kalisch Constitution (None) 19471021 1 front.jpg

Notes: Contributed by Mark Kalisch.


 

Leon Fields Catalog
Type C-65d

"BOSTON, MASS."

1947-10-21

GregCiesielski Constitution 19471021 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Constitution 19471021 2 Front.jpg

FD Card by Sanders


 

Leon Fields Catalog
Type C-65c

"BOSTON, MASS."

1947-10-21

GregCiesielski Constitution 19471021 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Constitution 19471021 3 Front.jpg

Note:


11th Commissioning October 1971 to Present


 

Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)

1975-10-21

GregCiesielski Constitution USF 19751021 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Constitution USF 19751021 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Frederick L. Karcher


 

Locy Type
2p

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-65f

1976-06-26

GregCiesielski Constitution USF 19760626 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Constitution USF 19760626 1 Front.jpg

Tall Ships '76


 

Locy Type F

1996-07-22

GregCiesielski Constitution USF 19960722 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Constitution USF 19960722 1 Front.jpg

Salute to the Nation Cruise, cachet by Detlef H. Clausen


USPS Pictorial Postmarks


 

USPS Slogan
Machine Cancel

"U.S.S. Constitution /
175th Anniversary /
1797 - 1972"

Boston Mass

1972-06-14

GregCiesielski Constitution USF 19720614 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Constitution USF 19720614 1 Front.jpg

175th Anniversary of Commissioning, cachet by US Postal Service.


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"USS Constitution Sta."

Charlestown MA

1980-07-04

GregCiesielski Constitution USF 19800704 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Constitution USF 19800704 1 Front.jpg

"Firing of / National 21 Gun / Salute"


 

USPS PB Meter

"Support USS Constitution Museum"

Boston Mass

1981-07-01

GregCiesielski Constitution USF 19810701 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Constitution USF 19810701 2 Front.jpg

50th Anniversary of Recommissioning, cachet by Detlef H. Clausen. Sponsored by Old Ironsides Chapter No. 1, USCS


 

USPS Pictorial

"SOPEX Station"

Lawrence, MA

1997-03-08

GregCiesielski Constitution IX21 19970308 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Constitution IX21 19970308 1 Front.jpg

200th Anniversary


 

USPS Pictorial

"SOPEX Station"

Medford, OR

1997-04-13

GregCiesielski Constitution IX21 19970410 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Constitution IX21 19970410 1 Front.jpg

200th Anniversary


 

USPS Pictorial

"Lighttower Station"

Marblehead, MA

1997-07-21

GregCiesielski Constitution IX21 19970721 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Constitution IX21 19970721 1 Front.jpg

200th Anniversary SAIL, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

USPS Pictorial

"Charlestown Navy
Yard Station"

Boston, MA

1997-07-21

GregCiesielski Constitution IX21 19970721 2a Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Constitution IX21 19970721 2a Front.jpg

200th Anniversary of Commissioning, cachet by USPS


 

USPS Pictorial

"Old Ironsides Station"

Boston MA

1997-10-21

GregCiesielski Constitution 19971021 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Constitution 19971021 1 Front.jpg

200th Anniversary of Launching, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

USPS Pictorial

"USS Constitution
Anniversary Station"

Boston MA

1998-07-23

GregCiesielski Constitution IX21 19980723 1a pm.jpg
GregCiesielski Constitution IX21 19980723 1a Front.jpg

200th Anniversary of Commissioning, cachet by USPS


 

USPS Pictorial

"Old Glory Station"

Boston MA

2006-08-19

GregCiesielski Constitution IX21 20060819 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Constitution IX21 20060819 1 Front.jpg

Celebrating her Victory in 1812, cachet by Greg Ciesielski


 

USPS Pictorial

"USS Constitution /
IX-21 Sta."

Staten Island NY

2013-05-26

GregCiesielski Constitution IX21 20130526 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Constitution IX21 20130526 1 Front.jpg

Fleet Week postmark (CANCELLED), cachet by Rich Hoffner

 

Other Information

By far the oldest Commissioned ship in the world

NAMESAKE - The written instrument embodying the fundamental organic law and principles of government of the United States of America

 


 

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