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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.

    Edenton Class Salvage and Rescue Ship
    Keel Laid 28 March 1967 - Launched 15 May 1968

  2. Commissioned 23 January 1971 - Decommissioned 29 March 1996

    Transferred to the US Coast Guard 18 November 1997
    Struck from the Naval Register 29 December 1997
    Commissioned USCGC Alex Haley WMEC-39 10 July 1999


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 Edenton ATS-1 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



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
2(n+) (USS)

USS Neosho
AO 143



Commissioning, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson.


Pictorial Postmark

"Decommissioning Ceremony Station"

Norfolk, VA


Decommissioning, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

USS EDENTON earned the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon (2 awards), the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (4 awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal (6 awards) and the National Defense Service Medal during her Navy career.

NAMESAKE - Named after Edenton NC.

Four ships of the US Navy have borne the name EDENTON - USS Edenton ID-3696, USS Edenton PC-825, USS Edenton PC-1077 and USS Edenton ATS-1.



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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