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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.

    Albatross Class Minesweeper
    Keel Laid October 25 1930 as Steel Hull Trawler
    Launched March 19 1931 - Delivered March 30 1931

  1. MV ILLINOIS (Steel-hulled Fishing Trawler)
    Acquired U.S. Navy August 9 1940
    Renamed August 14 1940
    Converted to Minesweeper (AM) September 6 1940

    Commissioned November 8 1940

    Reclassified Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary (IX) June 1 1944
    Decommissioned September 11 1944

    Struck from Naval Register September 23 1944
    Transferred to Maritime Commission November 15 1944

  4. MV ILLINOIS (Maritime Commission)
    Name reinstated (Date unknown)
    Transferred to Norway

    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. 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 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 September 20 1942 - Disestablished January 2 1943


Locy Type


As AM-71


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Any of several large web-footed birds constituting the family Diomedeidae, chiefly of the oceans of the Southern Hemisphere, and having a hooked beak and long narrow wings



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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