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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.

    PCE-842 Class Patrol Craft Escort
    Keel Laid 12 August 1943 - Launched 27 October 1943

  1. USS PCE-880
    Commissioned 29 April 1944

  2. USS ELY PCE-880
    Named 15 February 1956
    Served on Lakes with Naval Reserve, 1950-1960's.

    Struck from the Navy list 1 July 1970

  3. R/V Aqualab II
    Transferred 3 September 1970 to the State of Maine (Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute)

    Sold in 1972 to Kirks Marine Enterprise, Inc. of Dover, DE
    Sold in 1975 to Norman Industries, Inc. of Lafayette, LA;
    Renamed "Atlantic Mist" in 1979
    In service into 1980 - Fate unknown.
Ely PCE880 Photo.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 Ely PCE-880 Covers Page 1     (1964-1969)



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

No Postal Facilities


Double-ring CDS

Port Huron MI


GregCiesielski Amherst PCER853 19640718 1 Front.jpg


Anti-Submarine War (ASW) Games 1964. Participants include USS Runner SS-476, USS Amherst PCE(R)-853, USS Havre PCE-877, USS Ely PCE-880, USS Farmington PCE-894, USS Portage PCE-902 and USS Daniel A. Joy DE-585.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Cities in Minnesota and Nevada.



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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