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Ocean
Weather
(Hydrometeorological)
Ships


Below is a checklist of Ocean weather (hydrometeorological) ships on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.). Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the items featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
Ocean weather ships Ocean weather ships


Below is a list of Ocean weather (hydrometeorological) ships on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Ocean weather (hydrometeorological) ships
Brazil1975 (Mi2096)1985Weather ship1
Brazil1975 fdcStamp on FDC
Canada479 fdc (Mi420 fdc)(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on FDC1968Weather ship1
Dubai121 (Mi365)1970Weather ship1
FranceNoneCachet on cover1961Weather ship France-1
FranceNoneCachet on cover1973Weather ship France-1
FranceNoneCachet on cover1973Weather ship France-2
FranceNoneCachet on cover1974Weather ship France-2
FranceNoneCachet on cover1975Weather ship France-1
FranceNoneCachet on cover1976Weather ship France-2
FranceNoneCachet on cover1979Weather ship France-2
FranceNoneCachet on cover1985Weather ship France-2
Great BritainNoneCancel on cover1950Ocean Weather Service ship Weather Explorer
Great BritainNoneCancel on cover1958Ocean Weather Service ship Weather Watcher
Great BritainNone(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1974British weather ship Weather Surveyor (was stationed in the North Atlantic)
Great BritainNoneCachet on cover1982Ocean weather ship Starella
New ZealandNone(Purple and blue rubber-stamp) cachets on cover1962New Zealand Antarctic weather ship Rotoiti
NigerC55 (Mi391)
iC55

Imperforate
1966"Frégate météorologique" (weather ship)
NigerC55 dsDeluxe sheet (C55)
NigerC55 proofSigned proof
NigerC55 proof-pairColor proof pair
NigerC55 maxiMaxicard
NigerC55 fdcStamp and (printed) cachet on FDCThe cachet text describes weather ships as they existed in the 1960s, when an international network of such ships in fixed locations was in operation.
Qatar347 (Mi561)1973Weather ship1
Russia (USSR)3860 (Mi3891)1971Weather ship1
Russia (USSR)3860 cover1 (Mi3891 cover1)Stamp on cover1971Weather ship1
Russia (USSR)3860 cover2 (Mi3891 cover2)Stamp (3860) added to stamped envelope (black cancel), with cachet of same design
Russia (USSR)3860 cover3 (Mi3891 cover3)Stamp (3860) added to stamped envelope (purple cancel), with cachet of same design
RussiaNone(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1978Hydrometeorological research ship Professor Vize (note the USA cancel on this item processed as "paquebot" mail at Wallops Island VA)
Russia (USSR)None(Printed) cachet on stamped envelope1982Weather ship1
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on WMD stamped envelope1984Weather ship1
Russia (USSR)None(Multi-color printed) cachet and (four rubber-stamp) cachets on stamped envelope1985Hydrometeorological research ship Professor Zubov (in rubber-stamp cachets); also weather ship1 (in printed cachet)
Russia (USSR)None(Multi-color printed) cachet and (four rubber-stamp) cachets (different) on stamped envelope1985Hydrometeorological research ship Professor Zubov (in rubber-stamp cachets); also weather ship1 (in printed cachet)
Russia (USSR)None(Four rubber-stamp) cachets on stamped envelope (different)1985Hydrometeorological research ship Professor Zubov
Russia (USSR)None(Four rubber-stamp) cachets on stamped envelope1986Hydrometeorological research ship Professor Zubov
Russia (USSR)None(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1989Hydrometeorological research ship Professor Vize
St. Pierre and Miquelon431 (Mi495A)
i431 (Mi495B)

Imperforate
1974Weather ship1
St. Pierre and Miquelon431 fdcStamp on FDC (Éditions J.F. cachet)
St. Pierre and Miquelon431 dsDeluxe sheet (431)
South AfricaNone(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1970South African weather ship SS Edwin Cook (was stationed in the South Atlantic at 40°S 10°E)
United Nations50 fdc (Mi56 fdc)(The Aristocrats/Day Lowry) cachet on FDC1957"Weather Ships stationed in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans"
United Nations188 fdc1 (Mi204 fdc1)(Schering) cachet on FDC1968Weather Ship K (operated by France, it was stationed at 45°N 16°W)
United Nations188 fdc2 (Mi204 fdc2)(ArtCraft) cachet on FDC (2-line cancel), also detailICAO2 weather ship SS Cirrus (was stationed in the North Atlantic near the Arctic Circle)
United Nations188 fdc3 (Mi204 fdc3)(ArtCraft) cachet on FDC (3-line cancel), also detail
United Nations188-189 fdc (Mi204-205 fdc)(ArtCraft) cachet on FDC, also detail
United StatesNone(Hand-written and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover1979The NOAA Discoverer conducted environmental, oceanographic and meteorological research until it was decommissioned in 1996
United StatesNone(Black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover1983Weather and oceanographic research ship NOAA Researcher
United StatesNone(Black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover1984Weather and oceanographic research ship NOAA Researcher
United StatesNone(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1985The NOAA Discoverer conducted environmental, oceanographic and meteorological research until it was decommissioned in 1996
United StatesNoneCancel and (printed) cachet on cover1986Weather and oceanographic research ship NOAA Oceanographer
United StatesNone(Black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover1990Weather and oceanographic research ship NOAA Malcolm M. Baldrige
United States4893 fdc (Mi5079 fdc)(HL) cachet on FDC, also back2014NOAA weather ship

1The ships on these items are assumed to be "weather ships" because of their weather-themed context.
2ICAO: International Civil Aviation Organization.


Below is a list of Ocean weather (hydrometeorological) ships on satellite and rocket launch covers.

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Ocean weather (hydrometeorological) ships
French Guiana1971-12-14Kourou(Purple and red-brown rubber-stamp) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch coverHydrometeorological research ship Professor Zubov
United States1977-08-10Wallops Island VA(Space Voyage) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch coverHydrometeorological research ship Akademik Korolev
United States1977-08-12Wallops Island VA(Space Voyage) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch coverHydrometeorological research ship Akademik Korolev
United States1977-08-15Wallops Island VA(Space Voyage) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch coverHydrometeorological research ship Akademik Korolev
United States1977-08-16Wallops Island VA(Space Voyage) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch coverHydrometeorological research ship Akademik Korolev
United States1977-08-17Wallops Island VA(Space Voyage) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch coverHydrometeorological research ship Akademik Korolev
United States1977-08-19Wallops Island VA(Space Voyage) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch coverHydrometeorological research ship Akademik Korolev
United States1977-08-23Wallops Island VA(Space Voyage) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch coverHydrometeorological research ship Akademik Korolev
United States1981-08-10Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet on GMS-2 launch coverWeather ship1
Japan1981-08-11Minamitane(Space Voyage purple and red) cachet on GMS-2 launch coverWeather ship1
Japan1981-08-11Tsukubagakuen(Space Voyage purple and blue) cachet on GMS-2 launch cover
United States1989-09-05Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage purple and orange) cachet on GMS-4 launch coverWeather ship1
Japan1989-09-06Tsukubagakuen(Space Voyage brown and orange) cachet on GMS-4 launch cover
Japan1989-09-06Tsukubagakuen (scenic cancel)(Space Voyage blue and orange) cachet on GMS-4 launch cover

1The ships on these items are assumed to be "weather ships" because of their weather-themed context.


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