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Title Postal cachet: Dedication $80,000,0000 Lincoln Tunnel Between N.Y. & N.J., Dec. 21, 1937.
Object Name Cover, First Day
Catalog Number 2011.049.0102
Collection Lincoln Tunnel Collection
Credit Museum Collections. Gift of a friend of the Museum.
Scope & Content Postal cachet: Dedication $80,000,0000 Lincoln Tunnel Between New York and New Jersey. Postmarked twice December 21, 1937. Unaddressed except for lightly penciled name on front: J[ames]. F. Jackson (See archives 2011.049.0101 for another tunnel first day cover belonging to Jackson that is addressed.)

Envelope: 3-5/8" high x 6-1/2" wide.

Artwork depicts the New York entry / exit plaza for the north tube which was the first one completed and opened.

Ceremonial cancel on front: U.S.S. Cachalot Dec. 21 1927 AM Lincoln Tunnel.(This submarine was undergoing an overhaul at the U.S. Navy Yard in Brooklyn - see notes.)

Back has a second cancellation: U.S.S. Cachalot Dec. 21 1927 AM Navy Yard Brooklyn NY

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Notes U.S.S. Cachalot, submarine (source:

USS Cachalot (SC-4/SS-170), the lead ship of her class and one of the "V-boats", was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for the sperm whale. Her keel was laid down by the Portsmouth Navy Yard. She was launched on 19 October 1933 as V-8 (SC-4) sponsored by Miss K. D. Kempff, and commissioned on 1 December 1933 with Lieutenant Commander Merril Comstock[9] in command. Cachalot was the first submarine to have the Torpedo Data Computer, Arma Corporation's Mark 1,[10] installed that determined the gyroscope settings for torpedoes.

Cachalot cleared San Diego on 16 June 1937, bound for New London, Connecticut, and duty in experimental torpedo firing for the Newport Torpedo Station, and sound training for the New London Submarine School until 26 October 1937, when she began a lengthy overhaul at New York Navy Yard. A year later, she sailed for participation in a fleet problem, torpedo practice and sound training in the Caribbean Sea and off the Canal Zone, and on 16 June 1939 reported at Pearl Harbor for duty with the Submarine Force and the Scouting Force.
Date 1937
Year Range from 1937
Year Range to 1937
Search Terms U.S.S. Cachalot SS-170
Lincoln Tunnel
Caption front and back
Imagefile 107\20110490102.TIF
Classification Tunnels
Government & Politics
Postal Services
U.S. Navy