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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 1931 as yacht

  1. SAMONA II (Private Yacht)
  2. Acquired U.S. Navy November 4 1940

  4. Commissioned February 27 1941 - Decommissioned February 2 1944
    Transferred to U.S. Coast Guard March 10 1944

  6. Commissioned March 10 1944 - Decommissioned February 27 1946
    Struck from Naval Register March 12 1946
    Transferred to Maritime Commission September 11 1946

  7. SAMONA II (Private Yacht)
  8. Sold (Date unknown) to Samuel K. Rindge, Los Angeles, original name restored

  9. PUDLO (Private Yacht)
  10. Sold 1950 to David P. Hamilton, Shreveport, LA and renamed

  11. EXPLORER (Private Yacht)
  12. Sold 1962 to Charles Y. Martin, Houston, TX and renamed
    Reported still in use (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     (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 August 5 1942 - Disestablished February 2 1944


Locy Type


The canceller was used after the ship's post office had been closed.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - A clear purple or bluish-violet variety of quartz, considered by jewelers a semiprecious gem



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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