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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.

    Porpoise Class Submarine
    Keel Laid December 20 1933 - Launched September 12 1935

  1. USS PIKE SS-173
    Commissioned December 2 1935 - Decommissioned November 15 1945

  2. PIKE SS-173
    Placed In Service as Naval Reserve Training Ship
        at Baltimore, MD September 1946
    Placed Out of Service February 17 1956

    Struck from Naval Register February 17 1956
    Sold January 14 1957 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 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 Pike SS-173 Covers Page 1    (1933-42)



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

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


Locy Type



First Day of Postal Service, cachet by Eugene L. Mueller, sponsored by Independence Crew No. 2, ANCS


Locy Type
3 (AC-TBT)

P.H. T.H."


Memorial Day, cachet by William F. Schlechter


Locy Type
3 (AC-TBT)



Odd Port Postmark cachet by Walter Czubay


Locy Type Fz

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-Z1




Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3


FAKE postmark, cachet by Hobby Shop Cachets


Other Information

USS PIKE earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 battle stars and the WWI Victory Medal for WWII service

NAMESAKE - A spiny-finned fish named for the shape of its head.

Two submarines of the US Navy have borne the name PIKE - USS Pike, USS Pike SS-173.

One cutter of the US Coast Guard has borne the name PIKE - USCGC Pike WPB-87365



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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