NORTH CAROLINA BB 55

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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.


    North Carolina Class Battleship
    Keel Laid 27 October 1937 - Launched 13 June 1940

  1. USS NORTH CAROLINA BB-55
  2. Commissioned 9 April 1941 - Decommissioned 27 June 1947

    Struck from Naval Register 1 June 1960
    Dedicated as a Memorial in Wilmington North Carolina 29 April 1962
NorthCarolina BB55 1 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS North Carolina BB-55 Covers Page 1    (Keel Laying 1937 - Launching 1940)
  2. USS North Carolina BB-55 Covers Page 2    (Commissioning 1941 Page 1)
  3. USS North Carolina BB-55 Covers Page 3    (Commissioning 1941 Page 2)
  4. USS North Carolina BB-55 Covers Page 4    (1941-1944)
  5. USS North Carolina BB-55 Covers Page 5    (1945-1947)
  6. USS North Carolina BB-55 Covers Page 6    (Memorial 1961-2007)
  7. USS North Carolina BB-55 Covers Page 7    (Postcards Page 1)
  8. USS North Carolina BB-55 Covers Page 8    (Postcards Page 2)
  9. USS North Carolina BB-55 Covers Page 9    (Postcards & Stamps)

 

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.
 
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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

Post Office Established April 9 1941 - Disestablished 1947


 

Locy Type
FDC F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. N-19

1941-04-09

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19410409 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19410409 1 Back.jpg

Black stamp pad. Backside of the Hutnick Commissioning cover.


 

Locy Type
FDC F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. N-19

1941-04-09

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19410409 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19410409 3 Front.jpg

Blue-Green stamp pad, cachet by Walter G. Crosby


 

Locy Type
FDC F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. N-19

1941-04-09

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19410409 4 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19410409 4 Front.jpg

Red stamp pad, cachet by George V. Sadworth.


 

Locy Type
FDC
Non-Postal Marking

1941-04-09

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19410409 15 NPM.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19410409 15 Front.jpg

No. 10 cover, no cachetmaker identification.


 

Locy Type
FDC 3 (A-BBT)

"FIRST DAY /
COVER"

1941-04-09

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19410409 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19410409 1 Front.jpg

Commissioning, cachet by Dr. S. E. Hutnick


 

Locy Type
FDC 3 (A-BBT)

{Empty Killers}

1941-04-09

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19410409 7 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19410409 7 Front.jpg

Unlisted in the 1997 edition of the USCS Postmark Catalog.
Commissioning Day, cachet by George V. Sadworth.


 

Locy Type
FDC 3 (A-BBT)

{Empty Killers}

1941-04-09

Bunter North Carolina BB 55 19410409 3 pm1.jpg
Bunter North Carolina BB 55 19410409 3 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
2(n)

(Oct 27, 1945)

1945-10-27

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19451027 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19451027 2 Front.jpg

Navy Day, Official Mail


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1945-11-02

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19451102 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19451102 1 Front.jpg

Official Business


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1945-12-24

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19451224 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19451224 1 Front.jpg

Christmas Eve, cachet by Ted Harrington


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

1941-10-13

JonBurdett northcarolina bb55 19411013 pm.jpg
JonBurdett northcarolina bb55 19411013.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3a (A)

"NAVY / DAY"

1946-10-27

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19461027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19461027 1 Front.jpg

Navy Day 1946


 

Locy Type
3z (BBT)

1941-12-10

JonBurdett northcarolina bb55 19411210 pm.jpg
JonBurdett northcarolina bb55 19411210.jpg

Censored WWII use


 

Locy Type
7qt(1)

1941-09-04

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19450904 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19450904 1 Front.jpg

Incorrectly listed as (2) in the 1997 edition of the USCS Postmark Catalog. Shakedown Cruise, cachet by M. Fay Muridge and sponsored by Walter Czubay (R/S on back)


 

Locy Type
7qtz(2)

1943-02-15

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19430215 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19430215 1 Front.jpg

Censored Marine's Mail


 

Locy Type
7qtz(2)

1946-02-08

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19460208 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19460208 1 Front.jpg

Official Business


 

Locy Type 9v

1941-04-25

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19410425 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19410425 1 Front.jpg

Registered


 

Locy Type
9efw

1946-10-30

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19461030 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19461030 1 Front.jpg

Money Order Business



USS NORTH CAROLINA BATTLESHIP MEMORIAL POSTMARKS


 

USPO
Type 9 Cancel

"USS North Carolina Rur. Sta."

Wilmington, NC

1962-04-02

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19620402 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19620402 1 Front.jpg

From the Jimmy Jordan collection.


 

USPO Slogan
Machine Postmark

"USS North Carolina Sta."

Wilmington, NC

1962-04-29

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19620429 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19620429 1 Front.jpg

Dedication, cachet by William Luckett


 

USPO 4-bar

"USS North Carolina Rur. Sta."

Wilmington, NC

1963-04-06

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19630406 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19630406 1 Front.jpg

Unofficial First Day Cover for Sc.#1230. Cachet by Jesse Burgess Thomas USCS #1012, sponsored by Rear Admiral Byrd Chapter No. 11, USCS


 

USPO Meter

"The Immortal Showboat"

Wilmington, NC

c 1965

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 1965 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 1965 1 Front.jpg

No. 10 Advertising cover with pictorial meter.


 

USPO Slogan
Machine Postmark

"USS North Carolina Station"

Wilmington, NC

1966-01-21

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19660121 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19660121 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

USPO Slogan
Machine Postmark

"USS North Carolina Station"

Wilmington, NC

1966-04-09

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19660409 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19660409 1 Front.jpg

25th Anniversary. No indication of cachetmaker, back is clean.


 

USPO Slogan
Machine Postmark

"USS North Carolina Station"

Wilmington, NC

1966-09-28

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19660928 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19660928 1 Front.jpg

Note: Different type of dial than the January cancel


 

USPS 4-bar

"USS North
Carolina Br."

Wilmington, NC

1985-12-07

GregCiesielski USSNorthCarolina BB55 19851207 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski USSNorthCarolina BB55 19851207 1 Front.jpg

Notice the zip code in the postmark. 44th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Unknown cachetmaker.


 

USPS 4-bar

"USS North Carolina Rur. Sta."

Wilmington, NC

1989-08-23

GregCiesielski USSNorthCarolina BB55 19890823 2 pm.jpg
GregCiesielski USSNorthCarolina BB55 19890823 2 Front.jpg

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of NC ratifying the US Constitution.
Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

USPS Pictorial

"USS North Carolina /
Battleship Memorial Station"

Wilmington, NC

1989-08-23

GregCiesielski USSNorthCarolina BB55 19890823 3 pm.jpg
GregCiesielski USSNorthCarolina BB55 19890823 3 Front.jpg

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of NC ratifying the US Constitution. Cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

USPS Pictorial

"Battleship Anniversary Station"

Wilmington, NC

1991-04-09

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19910409 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19910409 1 Front.jpg

50th Anniversary. Cachet by Michael F. Hebert (Mh Cachets)


 

USPS Meter

"Visit USS North Carolina"

Wilmington, NC

1995-02-24

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19950224 1 Meter.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19950224 1 Front.jpg

50th Anniversary of the ending of WWII. #10 Metered cover.


 

USPS Pictorial

"USS North Carolina Battleship Station"

Wilmington, NC

1995-09-02

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19950902 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 19950902 1 Front.jpg

50th Anniversary of the signing treaty ending WWII. FDOI for stamp. Cachet by Greg Ciesielski


 

USPS 4-bar

"USS North Carolina R.B. Station"

Wilmington, NC

2007-09-03

GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 20070903 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NorthCarolina BB55 20070903 1 Front.jpg

Picture postcard from the Battleship Memorial. (R.B. = Rural Branch)

 

Other Information


USS NORTH CAROLINA earned the American Defense Medal (w/ "A" device), the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ 15 battle stars), the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Medal (w/ 1 star) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for The State of North Carolina.

The ships sponsor was Miss Isabel Hoey, daughter of the Governor of North Carolina.

Five ships of the US Navy have borne the name NORTH CAROLINA - USS North Carolina (1820 Ship of the Line), USS North Carolina ACR-12, USS North Carolina BB-52 (Keel Laid 1920 - Cancelled 1922), USS North Carolina BB-55
and USS North Carolina SSN-777.

One ship of the Confederate Navy bore the name NORTH CAROLINA - CSS North Carolina (1863 Ironclad).

 


 

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