HOLLAND ARG 18

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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.

    Holland Class Submarine Tender
    Keel Laid 11 April 1921 - Launched 12 April 1926

  1. USS HOLLAND AS-3
  2. Commissioned 1 June 1926

  3. USS HOLLAND ARG-18
  4. Reclassified Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship (ARG) 30 August 1945
    Decommissioned 21 March 1947

    Struck from Naval Register 18 June 1952
    Sold 3 October 1953 for scrap
HOLLAND AS3 PATCH.jpg


Naval Covers

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  1. USS Holland AS-3 / ARG-18 Covers Page 1    (1927-1946)

 

Postmarks

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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

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


 

Locy Type
3 (B-BTT)

"TENDER FOR /
SUBRON SIX"

1937-03-17

GregCiesielski Holland AS3 19370317 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Holland AS3 19370317 1 Front.jpg

As AS-3. Commemorating the first submerged run of the USS HOLLAND March 17th 1897. Cachet sponsored by Capt. Frank T. Cable.


 

Locy Type
3 (B-BTT)

"PEARL HARBOR /
T H"

1940-10-27

JonBurdett holland as3 19401027 pm.jpg
JonBurdett holland as3 19401027.jpg

As AS-3


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TTB)

"NAVY YARD /
PEARLHARBOR"

1935-07-17

JonBurdett holland as3 193500717 pm.jpg
JonBurdett holland as3 193500717.jpg

As AS-3


 

Locy Type
3 (A-TTB)

1941-10-20

JonBurdett holland as3 19411020 pm.jpg
JonBurdett holland as3 19411020.jpg

As AS-3


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BTB)

"OKINAWA /
RYUKYU IS"

1945-12-04

GregCiesielski Holland ARG18 19451204 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Holland ARG18 19451204 1 Front.jpg

As ARG-18. From the Gary B. Weiss collection.


 

Locy Type
3b (A-XTX)

"SHANGHAI /
CHINA"

1946-04-24

JonBurdett holland arg18 19460424 pm.jpg
JonBurdett holland arg18 19460424.jpg

As ARG-18


 

Locy Type
3s

1927-04-14

JonBurdett holland as3 19270414 pm.jpg
JonBurdett holland as3 19270414.jpg

As AS-3


 

Locy Type
3z (BTT)

1943-01-17

JonBurdett holland as3 19430117 pm.jpg
JonBurdett holland as3 19430117.jpg

As AS-3. Censored WWII use


 

Locy Type
5s

1931-07-13

GregCiesielski Holland AS3 19310713 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Holland AS3 19310713 1 Front.jpg

As AS-3. Cover by Conrath Printery


 

Locy Type 7r

1936-09-22

GregCiesielski Holland AS3 19360922 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Holland AS3 19360922 1 Front.jpg

As AS-3


 

Locy Type 7r

1937-03-17

GregCiesielski Holland AS3 19370317 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Holland AS3 19370317 1 Front.jpg

As AS-3. Postmark is on the back of this cover.


 

Locy Type
7rz

1945-08-14

JonBurdett holland as3 19450814 pm.jpg
JonBurdett holland as3 19450814.jpg

As AS-3. Censored WWII use


 

Locy Type 9v

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. H-73g

1932-10-09

JonBurdett holland as3 19321009 pm.jpg
JonBurdett holland as3 19321009.jpg

As AS-3. Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type 9v

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. H-73h

1927-01-13

GregCiesielski Holland AS3 19270113 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Holland AS3 19270113 1 Front.jpg

As AS-3. Official Business cut square


 

Locy Type 9x

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. H-73b

1941-07-14

GregCiesielski Holland AS3 19410714 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Holland AS3 19410714 1 Front.jpg

As AS-3. On piece, sender was on USS Sailfish SS-192


 

Locy Type Fz

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. H-73f

1942-04-04

JonBurdett holland as3 19420404 pm.jpg
JonBurdett holland as3 19420404.jpg

As AS-3. Censored WWII use


 

Locy Type
Faz
(dial of H-73f)

1942-07-26

JonBurdett holland as3 19420726 pm.jpg
JonBurdett holland as3 19420726.jpg

As AS-3. Censored WWII use




 

Locy Type 3

"NEW YORK, N.Y. /
SUBMARINE DIV BATTLE FLEET BR."

1928-01-25

GregCiesielski Holland AS3 19280125 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Holland AS3 19280125 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type 3

"SUBMARINE DIV /
BATTLE FLEET"

1928-01-25

GregCiesielski Holland AS3 19280125 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Holland AS3 19280125 2 Front.jpg

Note:

 

Other Information

USS HOLLAND earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the China Service Medal, the American Defense Service Medal w/ Fleet clasp, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Medal w/ Asia clasp and the Philippines Defense Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - John Philip Holland, (24 February 1841 – 12 August 1914)
        Holland was born in Liscannor, County Clare, Ireland and immigrated to the United States in 1873. Initially working for an engineering firm, he returned to teaching again for a further six years in St. John's Catholic school in Paterson, New Jersey. In 1875, Holland submitted his submarine designs he had been working on for consideration by the US Navy, but was turned down as unworkable. Holland continued to improve his designs and worked on several experimental boats, prior to his successful efforts with a privately built type, launched on 17 May 1897. This was the first submarine having power to run submerged for any considerable distance, and the first to combine electric motors for submerged travel and gasoline engines for use on the surface. She was purchased by the US Navy, on 11 April 1900, after rigorous tests and was commissioned on 12 October 1900 as USS Holland. Seven more of her type were ordered with five built at the Crescent Shipyard in Elizabeth, NJ and two built at Union Iron Works in California. The company that emerged from under these developments was called The Electric Boat Company, founded on 7 February 1899. This company eventually evolved into the major defense contractor General Dynamics. After spending 56 of his 73 years working with submersibles, John Philip Holland died in Newark, NJ.

The ships sponsor was Miss Elizabeth Saunders Chase, daughter of Admiral J. V. Chase.

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name HOLLAND in his honor - USS Holland SS-1. USS Holland ARG-18 and USS Holland AS-32

 


 

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