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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.

    Commencement Bay Class Escort Carrier
    Ordered as SALTERY BAY
    Renamed June 5 1944
    Keel Laid September 29 1944 - Launched March 17 1945

    Commissioned September 4 1945 - Decommissioned September 12 1947
    Reclassified Escort Helicopter Carrier (CVHE) June 12 1955, While in reserve
    Reclassified Cargo Ship and Aircraft Ferry AKV-17 May 7 1959, While in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register December 1 1970
    Sold October 22 1971 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. 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 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
2(n) Oct 27, 1945


Victory Cancel - Navy Day, 1945


Locy Type


John N. Lawrence patriotic cachet #16


Other Information

SAIDOR was used for studying photographic reconnaissance during Bikini Atoll tests

NAMESAKE - Named after Saidor, New Guinea



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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