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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.

    Tacoma Class Motor Gunboat
    Keel Laid (Date Unknown) - Launched 19 June 1970

    Commissioned 6 February 1971 - Decommissioned 1 October 1977

    Struck from the Navy Register 1 October 1977

    Transferred to the David Taylor Naval Research and Development Center Annapolis, MD
  2. R/V LAUREN (Research Vessel)
    Converted to a Research Vessel & renamed
    Operated with the Carderock Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, U.S. Navy at Panama City Beach, FL
    Sunk on a sandbank off the coast of North Carolina 30 April 2008
    For use as a target for fighter pilots from MCAS Cherry Point, NC.

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 Douglas PG-100 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


USPO Slogan
Machine Cancel

Tacoma WA



Ships cachet, collectors request by Thad W. Kaczkowski


Locy Type 2#

Br. 17054

Naval Air Facility
Naples Italy



Ships cachet, collectors request by Thad W. Kaczkowski


Locy Type 7#

Br. 09521

Naval Support Activity
Naples Italy



Ships cachet, collectors request by Thad W. Kaczkowski


Locy Type
2t(n+u) (USS)

USS Shenandoah



Decommissioning, Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson





Decommissioning Invitation for USS Antelope PG-86, USS Ready PG-87, USS Grand Rapids PG-98 and USS Douglas PG-100.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for eight towns and cities.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Willard F. Searles, Jr.



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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