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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 February 23 1950 - Launched May 2 1951

  1. USS K-2
    Commissioned November 16 1952

    Renamed December 15 1955
    Decommissioned October 1 1957
    Hull number changed to SS-551 August 15 1959 While in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register 1965
    Sold 1965 to Nassco, Terminal Island, S. F., CA 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. USS Bass SS-551 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 Cancel

"Mare Island Station"

Vallejo, CA





US Navy Machine Postmark
17012 Branch
Pearl Harbor, HI


The ship had no postal facilities.


USN Machine cancel

"17012 Branch"

Pearl Harbor, HI



Sailor's Mail. Add-on cachet by Alton (Budd) M. Arrington


Other Information

NAMESAKE - An edible, spiny-finned fish.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. J. J. Crane



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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