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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.

    Lapwing Class Minesweeper
    Keel Laid 8 July 1918 - Launched 21 December 1918

  1. USS CHEWINK Minesweeper No. 39
  2. Commissioned 9 April 1919

  4. Designated (AM) 17 July 1920

  6. Reclassified Submarine Rescue Vessel (ASR) 12 September 1929
    Decommissioned 21 August 1933
    Recommissioned 12 November 1940 - Decommissioned 4 February 1947

    Sunk 31 July 1947 as a target off New London, CT

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 Chewink AM-39 / ASR-3 Covers Page 1     (1929-1943)



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

Post Office Established 15 March 1919 - Disestablished 31 October 1922

Post Office Reestablished 23 November 1928 - Disestablished 31 May 1933


Locy Type
5s (C)


As AM-39


Locy Type
LDC 5s (C)
(No wording in killer bars)


As ASR-3

Post Office Reestablished 8 January 1941 - Disestablished 4 February 1947


Locy Type
(error in year date)



As ASR-3. First Day of Postal Service, cachet by George Neumann, sponsored by Frederick Horton


Locy Type


As ASR-3. First Day Postal Service. Correct year date unlisted in USCS Postmark Catalog


Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)


As ASR-3


Locy Type
3z (BBT)


As ASR-3. Keel Laying of USS Harder SS-257, cachet by K. E. Streeter


Other Information

USS CHEWINK earned the World War I Victory Medal and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - The common towhee finch of eastern North America.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name CHEWINK - USS Chewink ASR-3 and USS Chewink AMCU-19.

The ships sponsor was Miss M. Sperrin.



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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