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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.

    Bowditch Class Hydrographic Survey Ship
    Keel Laid 27 March 1945
    Launched (Date unknown) as TUSKEGEE VICTORY
    Delivered 6 May 1945 to MARAD for commercial service
    Placed in service 1945 by Weyerhaeuser SS Co.
    Leased 29 June 1946 to Shepard SS Co.
    Leased 22 April 1949 to South Atlantic SS. Co.
    Laid up 16 May 1949 in National Defense Reserve Fleet
    Leased 16 February 1951 to South Atlantic SS. Co.
    Chartered 16 March 1951 to Orion Shipping & Trading Co.
    Laid up 24 September 1953 in National Defense Reserve Fleet
    Assigned to Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 5 November 1957

  2. Place In Service 1 November 1958 - Out of Service 12 September 1989

    Oceanographic Unit 2 operated on board this ship from November 19 1958 to August 22 1989

    Struck from Naval Register 14 February 1990
    Title transfer to MARAD 12 November 1993
    Scrapping contract awarded in September 2007
    Scrapping completed 5 June 2008


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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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 does not take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USNS Dutton T-AGS-22 Covers Page 1    (1981)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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 7#
U.S. Navy 10638 Br.






Locy Type
2(n) (USNS)




Other Information

USNS DUTTON earned the National Defense Service Medal during her Navy service.

NAMESAKE - TUSKEGEE VICTORY - Named for the counties and/or cities named Tuskegee
NAMESAKE - DUTTON - Named for the navigator and author Captain Benjamin Dutton, USN (1883-1937).



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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