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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.

    Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender
    Keel Laid December 21 1942 - Launched June 5 1943

    Commissioned July 5 1946

    Reclassified Misc. Command Flagship (AGF) December 15 1965
    Decommissioned June 17 1973

    Struck from Naval Register June 17 1973
    Sold May 1977 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 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. Valcour Covers Page 1     (1946-62)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type
FDC 2(n)


As AVP-55
First Day in Commission


Locy Type
2(n) (AVP) 1946


As AVP-55


Locy Type
2(n) (AVP) 1946


As AVP-55
Christmas Day.


Locy Type
2(n) (AVP) 1962


As AVP-55


Locy Type
2(n) (AGF)


As AGF-1
Christmas cachet by Albert O. (Bert) Wickart


Locy Type


As AVP-55
Launching of USS Forrestal CVA-59, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type


As AVP-55


Other Information

VALCOUR earned the Navy Expeditionary Medal and the National Defense Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - An island in Lake Champlain, southeast of Plattsburgh, N.Y. A crucial naval engagement took place off that island on 11 October 1776, when a Continental force under General Benedict Arnold met a superior British fleet. Although the British bested Arnold's makeshift flotilla, the delay forced upon the enemy by the long time it took them to construct vessels for service on the lake resulted in a year's postponement of their attempt to invade the colonies—a year in which the Americans prepared to meet the British Army. When they finally started their thrust down the Lake Champlain, Lake George, and Hudson River corridor in the fall of 1777, the English Army was defeated and captured in the Battle of Saratoga.



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