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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.

    Penguin Class Submarine Rescue Ship
    Keel Laid February 9 1943 as Fleet Tug CHETCO AT-99
    Launched July 20 1943
    Renamed September 23 1943 and redesignated Submarine Rescue Ship (ASR)

    Commissioned May 29 1944 - Decommissioned September 4 1947
    Recommissioned April 3 1952 - Decommissioned June 24 1970

    Struck from Naval Register June 30 1970 and scrapped

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 Penguin ASR-12 Covers Page 1     (1945)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning May 29 1944 to September 4 1947


Locy Type



No postmarks have been reported for this ship.

2nd Commissioning April 3 1952 to June 24 1970


Machine Postmark

"Naval Station"

Key West, FL





Locy Type

USS Barton



Welcome to Norfolk, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

USS PENGUIN earned the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the National Defense Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the flightless sea birds of the Antarctic.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. H. S. Dickinson.

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name PENGUIN - USS Penguin (1861 Steamer), USS Penguin AM-33 and USS Penguin ASR-12.



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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