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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.

    YMS-135 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper
    Keel Laid 7 May 1943 - Launched 6 October 1943
    Completed 5 November 1943

  1. USS YMS-311
    Commissioned 6 November 1943 - Decommissioned 31 July 1946

  2. YMS-311
    Placed in service as a Naval Reserve training ship

  3. ROBIN AMS-53
    Named ROBIN and reclassified as Motor Minesweeper (AMS) 1 September 1947

    Recommissioned February 1952

  5. USS ROBIN MSC(O)-53
    Reclassified as Coastal Minesweeper, Old (MSC(O) 7 February 1955
    Decommissioned 7 December 1957

  6. ROBIN MSC(O)-53
    Placed in service as a training ship at Tacoma, WA
    Placed out of service in the summer of 1961

    Struck from the Naval Register 1 August 1961
    Acquired in 1967 by Merle B. Parke of Fort Lauderdale, FL for use as a yacht
    Operated in 1968 under the Mexican flag
    Fate unknown.

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. USS Robin MSC(O)-53 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



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

2nd Commissioning February 1952 to December 7 1957


Machine Postmark

Panama City, FL


The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - A North American thrush with a red breast.

USS YMS-311 earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ five battle stars for her World War II service.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. John W. Bradbury.



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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