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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.

    252 Foot Square-Rigged Training Ship (DENMARK)
    Built - Launched 1932

    Placed in Service 1933 - Held by US Government 1939

    Commissioned May 12 1942 - Decommissioned September 26 1945

    Returned to Denmark September 26 1945 - Still in Service as of 2012

    More historical information in the "Other Information" section at the bottom of the page.

Danmark photo.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 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. Covers Page 1     (1942)



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


USPO Slogan
Machine Cancel

Bridgeport CT


GregCiesielski Danmark WIX283 19421202 1 Front.jpg


Free Mail from a USCG Academy Cadet.




GregCiesielski Danmark 19750820 1 Front.jpg


Ship Cover




GregCiesielski Danmark 19840713 1 Front.jpg


Ship Cover, signed by the Captain


Pictorial Cancel

Liberty Island NY/NJ


GregCiesielski INR86 19860704 8 Front.jpg


First Day Cover for the Statue of Liberty stamp and Operation Sail 1986


USPS First Day
of Sale Cancel

Groton CT


GregCiesielski Danmark 20150804 1 Front.jpg


First Day Cover for the 225th Anniversary of the US Coast Guard stamp.



c 1993

GregCiesielski Danmark 1993 1 Front.jpg


Danish stamp commemorating the "Training Ship DANMARK". Issued in 1993 (Scott #986)


Other Information

"The DANMARK succeeded the København, a five-masted barque which was lost at sea at the end of 1928, as Demark's principal training ship. Launched in 1932 at the Nakskov Shipyard in Lolland and fitted out the following year, she was built to train officers of the Danish merchant marine. In 1939 she visited the United States to participate in the 1939 Worlds Fair in New York City, but at the outbreak of hostilities in World War II she was ordered to remain in US waters to avoid capture by the Germans. She was then based in Jacksonville, Florida and maintained with the help of the Danish American community there. After the attack on Pearl Harbor the Captain, Knud Hansen, offered the ship to the U.S. government as a training vessel. This offer was accepted, and the DANMARK moved to New London, Connecticut to train cadets at the United States Coast Guard Academy there. Approximately five thousand cadets were trained before the ship was returned to Denmark in 1945. She resumed her training duties the following year. In recognition of her wartime service, a bronze plaque was placed on the mainmast, and the DANMARK was given the honor of leading the parade of ships at the 1964 Worlds Fair in New York. Experience with the DANMARK led to the acquisition of the USCGC EAGLE from Germany at the end of the war as a training vessel." (From Wikipedia)



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