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United States/Covers & Postmarks : Ship ID -- S.S. Robin Hood?

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Bobstamp
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07 Jul 2015
04:23:19pm
This South Vietnam cover, a gift to me from Mel, seems to be a potentially interesting artifact from the American Vietnam War.


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The return address indicates that the sender was a crew member of "S.S. Robin Hood M.T.C." (Marine Terminals Corp.?)

Here's a detail image of the return address:

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Googling both the ship and "M.T.C.", I've found one entry in a Google book titled River Rats by Ralph Christopher. Here's the excerpt from the book:

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"Special interest ships"?! What the heck?! I'm thinking that S.S. Robin Hood was carrying clandestine war materiels.

I did learn that a ship named Robin Hood was sunk in the Second World War, but nothing more about an S.S. Robin Hood of the Vietnam War era. It's a ghost ship!

Along with the S.S. Robin Hood cover, there were two other similar but un-addressed covers franked with other South Vietnam stamps. No doubt the intended recipient was a collector.

Any ideas, anyone?

Bob



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mbo1142
08 Jul 2015
01:14:33pm
re: Ship ID -- S.S. Robin Hood?

Bob, I found the following information. Not sure it is any help.

Web page : http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/lines/mormac.shtml

Robin Hood 1945 built by Ingalls Ship Building Corp., Pascagoula, Miss. | ex- Sea Dolphin, standard ship type C3-S-A2, 1947 purchased from United States Maritime Commission renamed Robin Hood, 1957 taken over with fleet of Robin Line (Seas Shipping Co.) not renamed, 1971 sold renamed Hood, July 1973 scrapped at Kaohsiung.


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Bobstamp
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09 Jul 2015
11:15:26am
re: Ship ID -- S.S. Robin Hood?

I've done some more poking around the internet, based on the link that Mel provided. I learned nothing more about S.S. Robin Hood, but I did learn that the U.S.National Security Agency, after the Second World War, purchased several Liberty ships and turned some of them into spy ships, crewed by civilians or civilians and U.S. Navy sailors.

Only recently have pertinent NSA documents been declassified; although S.S. Robin Hood is not listed among the NSA ships, it's possible that its activities are still classified, which perhaps explains why information about it virtually doesn't exist in the public domain. In my earlier post, I mentioned that it seemed like a "ghost ship". I'm think now that it was probably a "spook ship"!

Bob

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