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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.

    Gato Class Submarine
    Keel Laid 21 April 1941 - Launched 17 February 1942

    Commissioned 1 June 1942
    SUNK 7 November 1944 on 11th patrol by mines off North Hokkaido
    All hands lost

    Struck from Naval Register 30 March 1945

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 Albacore SS-218 Covers Page 1     (1941-42, 1986)



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

Post Office Established 5 June 1942 - Disestablished 11 November 1942


Locy Type
FDC 3z (BTB)


Cachet by Glen Osborn, sponsored by Argonauts Crew No. 24, ANCS. Additional hand-written text on cover by B. Saunders Bullard


Other Information

USS ALBACORE earned the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon (4 awards) and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 9 Battle Stars during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A species of tuna.



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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