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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.

    Balao Class Submarine
    Keel Laid July 27 1943 - Launched November 30 1943

    Commissioned March 1 1944

    Redesignated Auxiliary Research Submarine (AGSS) July 1 1960
    Decommissioned March 1 1963

    Struck from Naval Register March 1 1963
    Sunk as target by USS SWORDFISH SSN-579 August 14 1963

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)



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 Fz


No Image

Postmark did not originate from this ship and this is not the date of her Keel Laying. Cachet by Gow C. Ng


Machine Cancel

Kittery ME


Launching, cachet by George J. Contraros


USPO Slogan
Machine Cancel

"Navy Yard Br."

Portsmouth NH


No Image

Launching, cachet by George J. Contraros


Locy Type


First Day in Commission
Marking probably from Portsmouth Navy Yard






Other Information

QUEENFISH was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, and received six battle starts for World War II service

Credited with sinking...
The 4700-ton Japanese Tanker CHIYODA MARU, August 31 1944 Luzon Strait
The 7097-ton Japanese Troop Transport TOYOOKA MARU, September 9 1944 off Luzon
The 3053-ton Japanese Merchant Passerger Cargo Ship MANSHU MARU, September 9 1944 off Luzon
The 1948-ton Japanese Cargo Ship HAKKO MARU, November 8 1944 East China Sea
The 99-ton Japanese Auxiliary Submarine Chaser RYUSEI MARU, November 8 1944 East China Sea
The 2131-ton Japanese Auxiliary Gunboat CHOJUSAN MARU, November 9 1944 off Kyushu
The 9186-ton Japanese Army Cargo Ship/Aircraft Transport AKITSU MARU by mistake, November 15 1944 Tsushima Strait
Comdr. C.E. Loughlin is later relieved of his command for this mistake, and court-martialed
The 11249-ton Japanese Hospital Ship AWA MARU, April 1 1945 Formosa Straits
A small Japanese fishing vessel, July 4 1945 Yellow Sea

QUEENFISH was used in the opening and closing scenes of the 1959 movie Operation Petticoat starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtiss

NAMESAKE - A small food fish found off the Pacific coast of North America



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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