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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.

    Bogue Class Escort Carrier
    Keel Laid 5 September 1941 as (AVG-14) - Launched 4 April 1942
    Redesignated (ACV-14) 20 August 1942

  2. Commissioned 20 February 1943 - Decommissioned 27 February 1943
    Transferred to the Royal Navy, 27 February 1943

  3. HMS FENCER D-64
  4. Commissioned 1 March 1943
    US Navy redesignated her as CVE-14 on 15 July 1943 while still on loan.
    See HMS FENCER D-64

  5. HMS FENCER R-308
  6. Royal Navy designation temporarily changed to R308 for service in the Pacific, October 1944.
    Decommissioned 12 November 1946

  8. Returned to US Navy 12 November 1946 and arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, 11 December 1946

    Stricken for disposal, 28 January 1947

    Sold in 1950 and converted to a passenger ship, renamed SS Sydney (Italian flag), 1950.
    Renamed SS Roma (1967),
    SS Galaxy Queen (1970),
    SS Lady Tina (1973),
    SS Caribia 2 (1973).
    Scrapped at La Spezia, Italy, starting September 1975
USA GB 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. USS Croatan CVE-14 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 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



Ships Marking


GregCiesielski HMS FENCER 19451120 1 Front.jpg


WWII Lend Lease Ships. Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named after a sound off the North Carolina coast.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name CROATAN - USS Croatan CVE-14 and USS Croatan CVE-25.

HMS FENCER earned the following Battle Honours - Atlantic 1943-1944 — Norway 1944 — Arctic 1944 — Pacific 1945.



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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