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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.

    128 ft US Coast Guard Lightship
    Keel Laid 4 February 1952 - Launched 4 August 1952

  1. RELIEF WAL-613
    Commissioned 12 September 1952

  2. RELIEF WLV-613
    Redesignated 1965 - Decommissioned 1983

    Sold 7 July 1984 to New England Historic Seaport
    Last U.S. lightship to mark the Nantucket Shoals station.

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)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. V-21

USS Voge FF-1047



First Day of Use - New Cachet, courtesy of the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

Present at Statue of Liberty rededication ceremony 3/4 July 1986 New York Harbor. As of mid-2006 she was owned by Wareham Steamship Corporation and was berthed at Wareham, Massachusetts.



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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