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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.

    Barracuda Class Hunter-Killer Submarine
    Keel Laid July 1 1949 - Launched March 2 1951

  1. USS K-1 SSK-1
    Commissioned November 10 1951

    Renamed December 16 1956

    Redesignated Training Submarine (SST) July 3 1959
    Decommissioned (Date unknown)

    Struck from Naval Register (Date unknown)
    Sold 1974 to Georgetown Steel Corp. for scrap

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. 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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


USPO Slogan
Machine Postmark

"Submarine Base Br"

New London, CT


K-1 SSK-1. The ship had no postal facilities. Cachet by Emil W. Bilka


USPO Slogan
Machine cancel

Charleston, SC



Barracuda SST-3. Cachet by Alton (Budd) M. Arrington


Other Information

NAMESAKE - A voracious pike like fish.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Willis Manning Thomas, widow of the commander of the submarine Pompano (SS-181) in World War II.



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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