Sea Scouts at the World Fair
Keith Larson

The New York World's Fair of 1939-40 attracted the attention of Scouts in the United States.  Many thousands visited the Fair, while other Scouts participated in the Service Corps.

The Boston Sea Scout Division organized a special World's Fair Cruise of Sea Scout vessels.  The boats sailed from Boston Harbor through Sandwich, Massachusetts enroute to New York Harbor.  They stayed at Sandwich from August 17-20, 1939.  A commemorative cachet was printed to mark the event.  A special line was added to allow the Sea Scout Ship (S.S.S.) to add their name.  These envelopes were then hand-cancelled in the local post office.

S.S.S. Porpoise
S.S.S. Porpoise

Some envelopes were signed by members of the crew, such as this envelope from the S.S.S. Spindrift II, with Skipper "R H Brown" signature.

S.S.S. Spindrift II
S.S.S. Spindrift II