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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.

    Iris Class 180 ft Seagoing Buoy Tender
    Keel Laid April 16 1943 - Launched June 18 1943

    Commissioned February 17 1944

    Redesignated (WLB) 1965 - Decommissioned February 26 1993

    Transferred to the US Navy for use as a target May 19 1997
Blackhaw WLB390 Crest.jpg

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     (1944)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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


Machine Cancel

Annapolis MD


GregCiesielski Blackhaw WAGL390 19440617 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Blackhaw WAGL390 19440617 1 RetAdd.jpg



USPO Slogan
Machine Cancel

Honolulu HI


GregCiesielski Blackhaw WAGL390 19580604 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Blackhaw WAGL390 19580604 1 Back.jpg



Other Information

NAMESAKE - A large shrub or small tree up to 20 feet with a twisted trunk and stiff, arching branches.



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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