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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 July 23 1941 - Launched March 8 1942

    Commissioned January 28 1943 - Decommissioned March 19 1947
    Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group
    Loaned to U.S. Coast Guard January 5 1949

    Commissioned May 1949

    Redesignated High Endurance Cutter (WHEC) May 1 1966
    Decommissioned by U.S. Coast Guard May 9 1972
    Returned to U.S. Navy

  4. RVNS THAM NGU LAO HQ-15 (South Vietnamese Naval Service)
    Transferred to South Vietnam June 15 1972 and renamed

  5. PRVSN PHAM NGU LAO HQ-01 (Vietnamese Naval Service)
    Captured by North Vietnam May 1975 and renamed

    Struck from Naval Register (Date unknown)
    Reported still in service as late as 2000

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. Covers Page 1     (1943-46)



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 January 28 1943 - Disestablished July 8 1946


Locy Type


Censored Sailor's mail
USCS Catalog of United States Naval Postmarks lists this type as 3z (BTT)
Possibly posted from another ship or station as this appears as 3z (BTB)


Locy Type


Note: Posted after POD (unlisted in USCS Postmark catalog)


Locy Type


Mark from back of cover
Type 3z on front also appears as (BTB) as marking above


Other Information

ABSECON earned the following awards during her Naval career - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

NAMESAKE - An inlet north of Atlantic City, N.J.



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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