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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.

    Basswood Class 180-foot Buoy Tender
    Keel Laid 12 November 1943 - Launched 3 February 1944

    Commissioned 20 July 1944

    Redesignated (WLB) 1965 - Decommissioned 26 May 2003

    Transferred to Nigeria 30 June 2003
Firebush WLB393 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 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. USCGC Firebush WLB-393 Covers Page 1    (1980-2003)



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
To Cover or
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. F-50


GregCiesielski Firebush WLB393 19770903 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Firebush WLB393 19770903 1 Front.jpg

Cutter had no post office. Add-on cachet by Richard F. Hoffner.


Other Information

"NAMESAKE" - Firebush is a perennial or semi-woody shrub that is known scientifically as Hamelia patens.



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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