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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.

    Gato Class Submarine
    Keel Laid December 4 1942 - Launched July 25 1943

  1. USS BASHAW SS-241
    Commissioned October 25 1943 - Decommissioned June 20 1949
    Recommissioned April 3 1951 - Decommissioned May 10 1952 for conversion

    Reclassified ASW Submarine (SSK) February 18 1953
    Recommissioned March 28 1953

  3. USS BASHAW SS-241
    Redesignated (SS) August 1959

    Redesignated Auxiliary Submarine (AGSS) September 1962
    Decommissioned September 13 1969

    Struck from Naval Register September 13 1969
    Sunk July 1972 as a target

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 Bashaw AGSS-241 Covers Page 1     (1942-1968)



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


Locy Type 3z


Groton CT



Keel Laid, red cachet by K. E. Streeter


Other Information

USS BASHAW earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 5 Battle Stars during her WWII service.

NAMESAKE - A type of catfish.



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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