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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.

    Coastal Patrol Yacht
    Built in 1926 as the yacht Sylvia
    Sold to R.E. Olds of Lansing, MI and renamed Reomar IV
    Acquired by the Navy from MARCOM 12 March 1942

    Commissioned 28 September 1942
    Decommissioned 29 September 1944

  2. ABILITY PYc-28
    Placed in Service 29 September 1944
    Placed out of Service 19 September 1945

    Struck from the Navy Register 11 October 1945
    Transferred to MARCOM 18 May 1946
    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 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. USS Ability PYc-28 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 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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type


The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Ability is the quality or state of being able.

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name ABILITY - USS Ability PYc-28, USS Ability MSO-519 and USS Ability AFDL-7.



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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