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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Lapwing Class Minesweeper
    Keel Laid 13 September 1917 - Launched 9 March 1918

  1. USS AVOCET Minesweeper No. 19
    Commissioned 17 September 1918

    Designated (AM) 17 July 1920 - Decommissioned 3 April 1922
    Recommissioned 8 September 1925

    Reclassified Small Seaplane Tender (AVP) 22 January 1936
    Decommissioned 10 December 1945

    Scrapped 1950
Avocet AVP4 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Avocet AVP-4 Covers Page 1    (1928-43)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

2nd Commissioning September 8 1925 to December 10 1945


Locy Type
3 (B-BTT)



GregCiesielski Avocet AM19 19340828 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Avocet AM19 19340828 1 Front.jpg

As AM-19. Port Visit - Portland OR, cachet by Myron F. McCamley


Locy Type
3r (AC-TBB)



GregCiesielski Avocet AVP4 19410421 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Avocet AVP4 19410421 1 Front.jpg

AVP-4. Port Visit - San Diego, CA, cover sponsored by Paul J. Gross


Locy Type
3r (AC-TBB)



Bunter Avocet AVP 4 19371026 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Avocet AVP 4 19371026 1 front.jpg

AVP-4. Cachet by Royal C. Hendricks, sponsored by the Trans-Pacific Cover Society.


Locy Type

P. I."


JonBurdett avocet am19 19320524 pm.jpg
JonBurdett avocet am19 19320524.jpg



Locy Type
3z (BTT)


JonBurdett avocet avp4 19431214 pm.jpg
JonBurdett avocet avp4 19431214.jpg

AVP-4. Censored wartime (WWII) use


Locy Type 9v


JonBurdett avocet am19 19300510 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett avocet am19 19300510.jpg

AM-19. Registered mark on piece


Other Information

USS AVOCET earned the WWI Victory Medal, the American Defense Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battlke Star and the WWII Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the long-legged, web-footed shore bird posessing a slender, up-curved bill, found in western and southern states.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name AVOCET - USS Avocet AVP-4 and USS Avocet AMCU-16.

The ships sponsor was Miss Frances V. Imbach.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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