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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.

    British Flower Class Corvette/Action Class Patrol Gunboat
    Keel Laid 6 January 1942 as CN-304 by the Collingwood Shipyard, Collingwood, ONT, Canada
    Named HMS Comfrey K 277
    Launched 28 July 1942
    Renamed ACTION 13 August 1942
    Acquired by the U.S. Navy 21 November 1942

    Commissioned 22 November 1942 - Decommissioned 6 September 1945

    Struck from the Navy list 17 September 1945
    Transferred to the Maritime Commission in October 1946
    Sold and converted to a whale-catcher in 1949
    Sold in 1952 to J. Presthus of Bergen, Norway
    Converted to a cargo vessel and renamed Arne Presthus
    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 Action PG-86 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

"Buy More Bonds"


The ship had no postal facilities. Note the pointing hand inside the killer bars.
Cachet by American Art Service.


Other Information

This section lists any other information that might be relevant to this ship.



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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