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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.

    Lapwing Class Minesweeper
    Keel Laid December 10 1917 - Launched July 4 1918

  1. USS SWAN Minesweeper No. 34
    Commissioned January 31 1919

  2. USS SWAN AM-34
    Designated (AM) February 17 1920
    Decommissioned May 23 1922
    Recommissioned June 23 1923
    Designated Minesweeper For Duty With Aircraft April 30 1931
    Decommissioned December 21 1933
    Recommissioned April 2 1934

    Redesignated Small Seaplane Tender (AVP) January 22 1936
    Decommissioned December 13 1945

    Struck from Naval Register January 8 1946
    Transferred October 12 1946 to Maritime Commission at Newport, RI for disposal

  4. UMATILLA (Merchant Service)
    Acquired 1956 by Max W. Peterson for use as a Tugboat and renamed
    Acquired 1967 by Darrell V. Boylan for use as a Passenger Vessel
    Used in 1970 as a Tow Boat
    Acquired 1975 by Udra L. Welch of Newport, OR
    Acquired 1978 by Jay Pansing of Gold Beach, OR for use as a Fishing Boat
    Acquired 1980 by Ruth Ann Johnson of South Beach, OR
    Acquired 1988 by Douglas L. Hadsell of Newport, OR

    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 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. Swan Covers Page 1    (1928-43)



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

Post Office Established May 17 1919 - Disestablished May 1 1922

Post Office Reestablished October 2 1926 - Disestablished November 17 1945


Locy Type
3s (AC)



As AM-34


Locy Type
3s (BC-BTT)


As AM-34


Locy Type
3s (BC-BTT)



As AVP-7
Christmas Day, cachet by Walter G. Crosby


Locy Type
3s (BC-BTT)



As AVP-7
Christmas Day, cachet by William F Schlechter

Locy Type
3s (BC-BTT)


As AVP-7
Cancel device showing distortion (same device as 1934 above)

Locy Type


As AVP-7
Mark from back of cover

Locy Type
SLPb (Unlisted)


As AM-34


Other Information

SWAN earned 1 Battle Star for WWII service
* Pearl Harbor December 7 1941

NAMESAKE - Named for any of various heavy-bodied, long-necked, mostly pure white aquatic birds, related to but larger than the goose.



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