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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.

    Sargo Class Submarine
    Keel Laid 9 August 1938 - Launched 21 June 1939

  2. Commissioned 2 October 1939 - Decommissioned 11 December 1946

    Struck from Naval Register 21 October 1948
    Sunk as target 11 September 1948

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 Searaven SS-196 Covers Page 1    (1939-1944)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type



First Day in Commission. Cachet by George V. Sadworth and Argonauts Crew No. 24, ANCS


Locy Type
3 (AC-BBT)

"262 FT OFF /


Deep Dive. Cachet by Richard Buchwald and Argonauts Crew No. 24, ANCS


Locy Type 3z


Censored, WWII use


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3


Cachet and postmark by Sibley's Department Store (Hobby Shop)


Other Information

USS SEARAVEN earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ ten battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A sculpin of the northern Atlantic coast of America.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Cyrus W. Cole, wife of Capt. Cyrus Willard Cole, commandant of the Portsmouth Navy Ship Yard.



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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