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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.

    Casablanca Class Escort Carrier
    Keel Laid January 15 1943 as Auxiliary Carrier BUCARELI BAY ACV-61
    Renamed April 3 1943
    Launched July 10 1943
    Reclassified Escort Carrier (CVE) on July 15 1943
    Acquired by U.S. Navy October 5 1943

    Commissioned October 5 1943 - Decommissioned July 31 1946
    Reclassified Utility Carrier (CVU) June 12 1955, While in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register May 27 1958
    Sold September 2 1959 for scrap

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     (1944-45)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type


Censored, Sailor's Mail


Locy Type


Mark from back of cover


Locy Type F


USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. M-9


Navy Day, cachet by M. Fay Muridge. Sponsored by John Paul Jones Chapter No. 2, USCS


Other Information

MANILA BAY received eight battle stars for her World War II service

NAMESAKE - The Battle of Manila Bay
Naval engagement on May 1 1898 in the Spanish-American War. The U.S. Asiatic Squadron under George Dewey was ordered to sail from its Hong Kong base to destroy the Spanish fleet then in the Philippines. In one morning the guns of Dewey's squadron completely destroyed the Spanish ships anchored in Manila Bay. The Spanish suffered 381 casualties, the Americans fewer than 10. Manila later surrendered and was occupied by U.S. troops in August. The battle established the U.S. as a major naval power



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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