USS Yancey (AKA-93)

Central Group
Capt. J.E. Cohn, USN

2 DEC 46 Departed Port Hueneme, California.
9 DEC 46 Crossed the Equator at 135° 10' W.
30 DEC 46 Rendezvoused with the Central Group of ships at Scott Island and refueled from USS Canisteo.
31 DEC 46 Began transit through the pack ice with the Central Group.
14 JAN 47 Broke into the open waters of the Ross Sea.
15 JAN 47 Arrived at the Bay of Whales.
18 JAN 47 Moored at Bay of Whales and commenced off-loading of supplies for Little America.
6 FEB 47 Departed Bay of Whales with Central Group.
13 FEB 47 Departed Scott Island for New Zealand.
22 FEB 47 Arrived at Port Chalmers, N.Z.
5 MAR 47 Departed Port Chalmers for Pago Pago, Samoa.
11 MAR 47 Arrived Pago Pago, Samoa.
27 MAR 47 Departed Pago Pago, Samoa with YTL-153 in tow.
14 APR 47 Arrived Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
2 MAY 47 Arrived at Port Hueneme, California.


Covers from Yancey are usually identified by a return address of a crewmember (figure 1), or rubber stamp (figure 1a) or the ship's straight line handstamp (figure 2) because of her post office having been closed as of September 1946. Most of the one-line cachets will be found in the vicinity of the postage stamp. During her stay at the Bay of Whales, mail was canceled aboard the other ships of the Central Group (figures 3, 4).

Enroute north, some mail bearing the Highjump cachet was deposited at Dunedin, New Zealand (figure 5), Pago Pago, Samoa (figures 6, 7) and at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (figures 8, 9). Only the corner card shown as figure 1a is known.


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