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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.

    Diver Class Rescue and Salvage Ship
    Keel Laid (Date unknown) as HMS PACIFIC SALVOR BARS-4
    Acquired by U.S. Navy September 21 1942 and renamed
    Launched October 24 1942

  1. USS GEAR ARS 34
    Commissioned September 24 1943 - Decommissioned December 13 1946

    Assigned to Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
    Withdrawn February 24 1953 and leased to Merritt Chapman Scott Corp.
    Returned to U.S. Navy custody (Date unknown)
    Struck from Naval Register April 30 1981
    Sold July 1 1982 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 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. Covers Page 1     (1944)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type 2z*


Censored Sailor's mail


Other Information

USS GEAR earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ two battle stars) and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - An accessory mechanism or machine that performs a specific function in a complete machine, as an expansion gear or a steering gear.



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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