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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 27 October 1937 - Launched 1 April 1939

    Commissioned 22 July 1939
    SUNK (Unknown causes) January 1945 off Okinawa, all hands lost

    Struck from Naval Register (Date 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. USS Swordfish SS-193 Covers Page 1    (1937-1944)



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 of Postal Service.


Locy Type
3 (A-TBT)

"AR /


Add-on cachet by Roger A. Wentworth


Locy Type 9v


Registered w/ a plate block of 6 "Landing of the Swedes and Finns" stamp.


Other Information

USS SWORDFISH earned the American Defense Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ eight battle stars and the WWII Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A large fish with a long, swordlike beak and a high dorsal fin.

The ships sponsor was Miss Louise Shaw Hepburn, niece of Admiral Arthur J. Hepburn.

Two submarines of the US Navy have borne the name SWORDFISH - USS Swordfish SS-193 and USS Swordfish SSN-579.

One cutter of the US Coast Guard has borne the name SWORDFISH - USS Swordfish WPB-87358.



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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