NOAA Ship Surveyor S132

Two new covers feature the NOAA Ship Surveyor S132.

Both covers focus on a surveying mission and are postmarked in 1988.

Surveyor S132

The ship was originally commissioned in 1960, as part of the fleet for the Coast and Geodetic Survey and became part of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s fleet in 1970, when that agency was created and took over the Coat and Geodetic Survey’s fleet.

Surveyor S132

She homeported in Seattle and nicknamed “Old Workhorse.” She worked in the Pacific and Arctic Oceans.

The ship typically had a crew of 92. This consisted of 92 NOAA Corps officers, 6 civilian officers, 58 crew members, and 16 scientists.

She was 292 feet long, could hit about 15 knots, and could stay out for 38 days.

She was decommissioned in 1990. A full accounting of her history can be found here.


As mentioned, both covers were postmarked in 1988. The stamp is the 1986 “Bread Wagon of the 1880s” stamp, Scott #2136. This is part of the transportation series. The cachets are signed and have good, clear postmarks.

The cachet includes the location (Gulf of Alaska) and a remark of “very rough seas.” Also, the depth of the survey is indicated on the cachet as 600 feet (fathoms?).

Both covers are for sale in my Hipstamp store.