VESTAL AR 4

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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.


    Vestal Class Collier/Repair Ship
    Ordered April 17 1904 as ERIE
    Renamed October 1905
    Keel Laid March 25 1907 - Launched May 19 1908

  1. USS VESTAL Collier No. 1
    In Service October 4 1909 - Out of Service October 25 1912

  2. USS VESTAL Fleet Repair Ship No. 4
    Commissioned September 3 1913

  3. USS VESTAL AR-4
    Designated (AR) July 17 1920
    Decommissioned August 14 1946

    Struck from Naval Register September 25 1946
    Sold July 28 1950 to the Boston Metals Co. Baltimore, Md. for scrap

 

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Vestal AR-4 Covers Page 1    (1913-44)

 

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

Post Office Established September 15 1913 - Disestablished August 15 1946


 

Locy Type
1z

1918-02-23

GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19180223 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19180223 1 Front.jpg

As Fleet Repair Ship No. 4
Censored wartime (WWI) use


 

Locy Type
2z

1944-04-21

JonBurdett vestal ar4 19440421r pm.jpg
JonBurdett vestal ar4 19440421.jpg

As AR-4
Censored wartime (WWII) use


 

Locy Type
3 (A)

"HAMPTON /
ROADS VA"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. V-8

1913-11-10

GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19131110 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19131110 1 Back.jpg

As Fleet Repair Ship No. 4
Picture postcard of "Old Point Comfort VA".


 

Locy Type
3 (B)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. V-8a

1916-03-30

GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19160330 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19160330 1 Front.jpg

As Fleet Repair Ship No. 4


 

Locy Type
3 (AC)

"AT /
SEA"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. V-8b

1917-02-28

JonBurdett vestal ar4 19170228r pm.jpg
JonBurdett vestal ar4 19170228.jpg

As Fleet Repair Ship No. 4
Postcard use.


 

Locy Type
3 (AC)

" /
CALIFORNIA"

1920-02-18

JonBurdett vestal ar4 19200218 pm.jpg
JonBurdett vestal ar4 19200218.jpg

As Fleet Repair Ship No. 4


 

Locy Type
3b (B-XOO)

1916-02-10

JonBurdett vestal ar4 19160210r pm.jpg
JonBurdett vestal ar4 19160210.jpg

As Fleet Repair Ship No. 4


 

Locy Type
3b (A-OOX)

"VERA CRUZ /
MEXICO"

1914

JonBurdett vestal ar4 1914 pm.jpg
JonBurdett vestal ar4 1914.jpg

As Fleet Repair Ship No. 4


 

Locy Type
3r (AC)

"GUANTANAMO /
BAY CUBA"

1915-02-05

JonBurdett vestal ar4 19150205 pm.jpg
JonBurdett vestal ar4 19150205.jpg

As Fleet Repair Ship No. 4


 

Locy Type
3r (A)

"BLOCK I. /
R"

1926-06-04

JonBurdett vestal ar4 19260604r pm.jpg
JonBurdett vestal ar4 19260604.jpg

As AR-4
Official Business.


 

Locy Type
3r (AC-BBB)

"SAN PEDRO /
CALIF"

1938-07-29

GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19380729 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19380729 1 Front.jpg

As AR-4
Cachet by Walter G. Crosby


 

Locy Type
3r (A-BTT)

1939-06-15

Bunter Vestal AR 4 19390615 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Vestal AR 4 19390615 1 front.jpg

As AR-4


 

Locy Type
3s

1922-12-13

JonBurdett vestal ar4 19221213r pm.jpg
JonBurdett vestal ar4 19221213.jpg

As AR-4


 

Locy Type
3s (A-TTT)

"28TH /
ANNIVERSARY"

1937-10-04

GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19371004 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19371004 1 Front.jpg

As AR-4
28th Anniversary, Cachet by Frederick Horton


 

Locy Type
3z (BBT)

1942-03-07

JonBurdett vestal ar4 19420307r pm.jpg
JonBurdett vestal ar4 19420307.jpg

As AR-4
Censored. Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type
6

1931-10-30

GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19311030 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19311030 1 Front.jpg

As AR-4


 

Locy Type
9 (with bars)

"GUATANAMO /
CUBA"

1924-11-09

GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19241109 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19241109 1 Front.jpg

As AR-4


 

Locy Type
9 (1925)

1925-02-24

GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19250224 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19250224 1 Front.jpg

As AR-4


 

Locy Type
9v (1915-27)

1915-02-22

GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19150222 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19150222 1 Back.jpg

As AR-4
Backside of Registered cover.


 

Locy Type
9v (1918-27)

1918-08-22
to
1918-08-25

JonBurdett vestal ar4 19180822 pm.jpg
JonBurdett vestal ar4 19180822.jpg

As AR-4
Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type
9v (1937-41)

1937-12-25

JonBurdett vestal ar4 19371225 pm9v.jpg
JonBurdett vestal ar4 19371225.jpg

As AR-4
Multiple mark cover, Christmas 1937 - New Year 1940


 

Locy Type
9efw

1937-12-25

JonBurdett vestal ar4 19371225 pm9efw.jpg
JonBurdett vestal ar4 19371225.jpg

As AR-4
Multiple mark cover, Christmas 1937 - New Year 1940


 

Locy Type
9x

1937-12-25

JonBurdett vestal ar4 19371225 pm9x.jpg
JonBurdett vestal ar4 19371225.jpg

As AR-4
Multiple mark cover, Christmas 1937 - New Year 1940


 

Locy Type
F Feb 8, 1933

"MARE ISLAND /
CALIFORNIA"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-1a

1933-02-08

GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19330208 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19330208 1 Front.jpg

As AR-4
"North Bay Stamp Club" created postmark.


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. V-8c

1940-06-16

Bunter Vestal AR 4 19400616 1A pm1.jpg
Bunter Vestal AR 4 19400616 1 front.jpg

As AR-4


 

Locy Type F

"WASHINGTONS /
BIRTHDAY"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. V-8d

1940-02-22

GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19400222 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19400222 1 Front.jpg

As AR-4
Blue Ink.


 

Locy Type F

"WASHINGTONS /
BIRTHDAY"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. V-8d

1940-02-22

GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19400222 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19400222 2 Front.jpg

As AR-4
Purple Ink. Cachet by Richard Buchwald


 

Locy Type F

"SEATTLE /
WASHINGTON"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. V-8d

1946-05-07

GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19480507 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19480507 1 Front.jpg

As AR-4
Black Ink.


 

Locy Type Fz

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. V-8e

1941-06-14

GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19410614 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19410614 1 Front.jpg

As AR-4
Flag Day, cachet by Jacques Minkus


 

Locy Type SLK

(1915)

1915-02-22

GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19150222 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 19150222 1 Front.jpg

As AR-4
Registered cover.


 

Locy Type SLK

(1937)

1937-12-25

JonBurdett vestal ar4 19371225 slk.jpg
JonBurdett vestal ar4 19371225.jpg

As AR-4
Multiple mark cover, Christmas 1937 - New Year 1940


 

Locy Type
SLKb (53x8)

c1937

JonBurdett vestal ar4 c1937 slp.jpg
JonBurdett vestal ar4 c1937.jpg

As AR-4
Undated straightline mark


 

Locy Type
SLPb (53x8)

1937-07-04

Bunter Vestal AR 4 19370704 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Vestal AR 4 19370704 1 front.jpg

As AR-4
Cachet is thermographed. The last digit of the date is illegible. 1937 is a best guess based on the known date range for this postmark.



 

N/A

c 1930's

GregCiesielski Vestal AR4 1930 1 Front.jpg

N/A

As AR-4
Unused "Guard Mail" envelope.

 

Other Information

VESTAL earned 2 Battle Stars for WWII service
* Pearl Harbor-Midway
Pearl Harbor, December 7 1941
* Okinawa Gunto operation
April 23 to June 30 1945

The USS VESTAL earned the following awards during her Naval career- Combat Action Ribbon; Mexican Service Medal; China Service Medal; World War I Victory Medal; American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp); American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 Battle stars; World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp).

For his actions on December 7 1941 at Pearl Harbor, T.H., the VESTAL's Commanding Officer, Cdr. Cassin Young, was awarded the Medal of Honor

Members of the VESTAL's Repair Department that proceeded to sea in USS SARATOGA CV-3 before her repairs were completed were awarded the Navy Unit Commendation along with the SARATOGA's crew

NAMESAKE - Named for a virgin—dedicated to Vesta, the Roman goddess of hearth and fire—who tended the sacred fire kept perpetually burning on her altar


Undated postcard of the ship:

Bunter vestal ar 4 1 postcard.jpg


 


 

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