Postage Stamps used in the German Marshall Islands
Cancels—Naval Cancel Dates
by Dirk H.R. Spennemann

Naval vessels were issued with their own cancellation devices. The individual ships can be distinguished by the numbers on the cancel. This page compiles data on the duration during which naval vessels were in the Marshall Islands, and which sould be legitimate dates for their use.


Naval Mail Cancel no. 60, used by SMS Condor
 

 
Naval vessels known to have been in the Marshall Islands
 
Sorted by name of vessel

S.M.S. Arcona (nº 6)
S.M.S. Bussard (nº 2)
S.M.S. Condor (nº 60)
S.M.S. Cormoran (nº 8)
S.M.S. Falke (nº 3)
S.M.S. Jaguar (nº 45)
S.M.S. Scharnhorst (nº 16)
S.M.S. Seeadler (nº 11)
S.M.S. Sperber

  Sorted by cancel number

(nº  2) S.M.S. Bussard
(nº  3) S.M.S. Falke
(nº  6) S.M.S. Arcona
(nº  8) S.M.S. Cormoran
(nº 11) S.M.S. Seeadler
(nº 16) S.M.S. Scharnhorst
(nº 45) S.M.S. Jaguar
(nº 60) S.M.S. Condor
(nº  ?) S.M.S. Sperber

 

S.M.S. Sperber[1]

Dates when the vessel was scheduled to be the Marshall Islands
Harbour Arrive Depart Comments
Jaluit mid Nov 1894 12 Dec 1894  
Jaluit 12 Nov 1895 12 Dec 1895  

 

S.M.S. Falke (Cancel nº 3) [2]

Dates when the vessel was scheduled to be the Marshall Islands
Harbour Arrive Depart Comments
Jaluit late Feb 1899 25 Apr 1899  

 

S.M.S. Bussard (Cancel nº 2) [3]

Dates when the vessel was scheduled to be the Marshall Islands
Harbour Arrive Depart Comments
Jaluit 14 May 1894 24 Jun 1894  
Jaluit 25 Jun 1895 20 Jul 1895  
Jaluit 22 (26) Nov 1897 12 Dec 1897 ditto
Jaluit 5 Sep 1898 11 Sep 1898 ditto

 

S.M.S. Condor (Cancel nº 60) [4]

Dates when the vessel was scheduled to be the Marshall Islands
Harbour Arrive Depart Comments
Jaluit 15 Dec 1903 20 Dec 1903  
Jaluit 9 Oct 1904 10 Nov 1904  
Jaluit 10 Nov 1905 2 Dec 1905  
Nauru after 7Oct 1906 before 15 Oct 1905  
Jaluit 5 Dec 1906 27 Dec 1906  
Jaluit 19 Oct 1907 4 Nov 1907  
Jaluit 21 Sept 1908 29 Sep (7 Oct) 1908 and the territory of the Marshall Islands
Nauru 2 Oct 1909 4 Oct 1909  
Jaluit 6 Oct 1909 1 Nov 1909 planned
Jaluit 29 Oct 1909 18 Nov 1909 actual
Jaluit 3 Nov 1911 6 Nov 1911 planned
Jaluit 31 Oct 1911 3 Nov 1911 actual
Jaluit 15 Jul 1912 31 Jul (2 Aug) 1912  

 

S.M.S. Cormoran (Cancel nº 8) [5]

Dates when the vessel was scheduled to be the Marshall Islands
Harbour Arrive Depart Comments
Jaluit 7 Dec 1901 17 Dec 1901
Jaluit 1 Nov 1902 26 Nov 1902 and patrol trip in the Marshall Islands
Nauru 31 Aug 1910 1 Sep 1910 originally scheduled to arive 27 Aug 1910
Jaluit 3 Sep 1910 13 Sep 1910 arrived a day early, originally scegduled to depart 17 September
Jaluit 6 Dec 1911 19 Dec 1911 patrol trip through the Eastern Carolines
Jaluit 1 Jan 1912 4 Jan 1912  
Nauru 10 Jul 1913 11 Jul 1913  
Jaluit 14 Jul 1913 25 Jul 1913  
Nauru 12 Mar 1914 14 Mar 1914  
Jaluit 21 Mar 1914 7 Apr 1914  

 

S.M.S. Scharnhorst (Cancel nº 16) [6]

Dates when the vessel was scheduled to be the Marshall Islands
Harbour Arrive Depart Comments
Jaluit 11 Jul 1910 11 Jul 1910  

 

S.M.S. Jaguar (Cancel nº 45) [7]

Dates when the vessel was scheduled to be the Marshall Islands
Harbour Arrive Depart Comments
Jaluit 2 October 1899 3 October 1899  
Jaluit 28 April 1909 29 April 1909  

 

S.M.S. Arcona (Cancel nº 6) [8]

Dates when the vessel was scheduled to be the Marshall Islands
Harbour Arrive Depart Comments
Jaluit 16 Sep 1898 24 Sep 1898  

 

S.M.S. Seeadler (Cancel nº 11) [9]

Dates when the vessel was scheduled to be the Marshall Islands
Harbour Arrive Depart Comments
Jaluit Jul 1905 Jul 1905  



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Bibliographic citation for this document

Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (2002). Postage Stamps used in the German Marshall Islands. Cancels—Naval Cancel Dates
URL: http:/marshall.csu.edu.au/Marshalls/html/Stamps/CancelPix/NavalCancels.html

CONTACT:
Dirk H.R. Spennemann, Institute of Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University, P.O.Box 789, Albury NSW 2640, Australia.
e-mail: dspennemann@csu.edu.au


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