USS New Orleans LPH-11 Prime
Recovery Ship, Apollo Souyz, July 24, 1975
The ASTP covers sent to the
US NAVY for postmarking actually did
NOT go to the USS New Orleans, EXCEPT for the one shown below, postmarked on July 25,
1975. This is the first day the post office on the ship was open.
significance of the Beck cover shown here is that it WAS on
board the USS New Orleans during the recovery to receive this specific postmark. Beck printed a few
extra envelopes for the Navy and a couple of dealers. A few of those covers
found their way to the ship, instead of Hawaii. They were either hand carried by someone in
the media or a member of the Navy crew. They also could have been mailed
directly to a crew member of the ship for postmarking as reported by Dr.
Please refer to Ray
Cartierís excellent book on recovery ships for more information on the other
covers for this event. The cover shown here is a Morris W. Beck cover
and this cover is a very important cover for Beck collectors. We have
only seen a few examples of this cover and estimate the value of this cover
to be $150
or more. It could easily sell for
more on eBay once space collectors realize what its significance is.
Also see the examples of the cachet design
used by the Navy as a single color rubber stamp cachet that was postmarked
on the USS New Orleans each day of the flight.