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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.

    100 Ft "C" Class Buoy Tender
    Keel Laid - Launched

    Commissioned August 18 1963

    Reclassified Inland Buoy Tender (WLI) 1965

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     (1965, 1970)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type RECD


Cachet by the HMCS Nootka Chapter No. 55, USCS. Received marking from the back of this cover. Contributed by Tom Kean.


USPO Slogan
Machine Cancel

Detroit MI


Cachet by the HMCS Nootka Chapter No. 55, USCS. Notice return address still showing "WAGL-642". Contributed by Tom Kean.


Machine Cancel

Sault Saint
Marie MI



Add-on cachet by Michael Hebert (Mh Cachets)


Machine Cancel

Sault Saint
Marie MI



Coastie mail


Other Information

USCGC BUCKTHORN has earned the DOT Outstanding Unit Ribbon, the USCG Unit Commendation Ribbon w/ O device, the USCG Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the USCG Meritorious Team Commendation Ribbon, the USCG Bicentennial Unit Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 bronze star and the Humanitarian Service Medal during her Coast Guard career.

NAMESAKE - Common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), a very popular hedging material.



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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