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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.

    Dolphin Class Submarine
    Authorized as V-7 SF-10
    Redesignated V-7 SC-3 (Date unknown)
    Keel Laid as V-7 (SC-3) 14 June 1930 - Launched 6 March 1932
    Named DOLPHIN SS-169 (Date unknown)

  2. Commissioned 1 July 1932 - Decommissioned 12 October 1945

    Struck from the Naval Register 24 October 1945
    Sold 26 August 1946 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 Dolphin SS-169 Covers Page 1    (1932-1943)



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


Locy Type
FDC 5hks



First Day in Commission, add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


Locy Type
FDPS 5hks



First Day of Postal Service.


Locy Type


Censored WWII use


Locy Type



Columbus Day


Locy Type



5th Anniversary. Cachet by P. J. (PeeJay) Ickeringill, and sponsored by the Argonauts Crew No. 24, ANCS

USPS Pictorial Postmark


Pictorial Postmark

"Memorial Station"

Pearl Harbor HI


45th Anniversary of Commissioning. Cachet by the Arizona Memorial Museum Foundation.


Other Information

USS DOLPHIN earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 Battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

USS DOLPHIN was at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 at The Pearl Harbor Submarine Base.

NAMESAKE - A gregarious aquatic mammal having a pointed muzzle, and found in most oceans.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Edward D. Toland of St. Paul’s School, Concord, N. H.

Seven ships of the US Navy have borne the name DOLPHIN - USS Dolphin (1777 Cutter), USS Dolphin (1821 Schooner), USS Dolphin (1836 Brig), USS Dolphin PG-24, USS Dolphin SP-318, USS Dolphin SP-874, USS Dolphin SS-169
and USS Dolphin AGSS-555.

One Cutter of the US Coast Guard bears the name DOLPHIN - USCGC Dolphin WPB-87354.



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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