Tuesday, October 20, 2009

USS Constellation - 150th Anniv

Date of Issue: June 30, 2004
Scott #: 3869

Designer: Howard E. Paine
Engraver: Christopher Broadbridge

Many thanks to Mr. E. Alexander Gerster, friend through MyPhilately.com, for the mint stamp, stamps on cover, and providing information on the stamp and USS Constellation.

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) issued a stamp on USS Constellation to commemorate its 150th anniversary.

USS Constellation constructed in 1854 is a sloop-of-war, and the second United States Navy ship to carry this famous name. For decades, naval authorities disagreed on whether Constellation was a new ship built in 1854 of a modification of the 1797 frigate of the same name. In 1991, scientific examination of the ship and a recently discovered half-hull model confirmed that the ship berthed in Baltimore and known as the USS Constellation was indeed a new ship built in 1854.

USS Constellation is the last sail-only warship designed and built by the United States Navy.

The stamp art is a hand engraving based on a photograph, believed to date to 1893, in the collection of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.

Click here to know more about USS Constellation.

Source: wikipedia, USPS.com

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