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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.

    Gull Class Minesweeper
    Keel Laid June 12 1928
    Launched October 17 1928 as Trawler BOSTON COLLEGE
    Delivered December 1 1928 to F. J. O'Hara and Sons Inc. Boston, MA
    Renamed August 14 1940
    Acquired by U.S. Navy August 30 1940

  1. USS GULL AM-74
    Commissioned December 3 1940 - Decommissioned July 25 1944

    Struck from Naval Register August 22 1944
    Transferred May 15 1946 to Maritime Commission for disposal

  2. GUDRON (Commercial Service)
    Sold to Gudron Inc. Boston, MA and renamed

    Lost 1951

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 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. 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 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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image








Locy Type


Official Business
Posted from another ship or station...Ship had no post office


Locy Type


Official Business
Posted from another ship or station...Ship had no post office


Other Information

NAMESAKE - A long-winged, usually white, web-footed swimming bird having the lower mandible hooked



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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