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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.

    Grayback Class Submarine
    Keel Laid 15 February 1955 - Launched 5 April 1958

    Commissioned 30 August 1958 - Decommissioned 25 May 1964

    Struck from the Naval Register 30 September 1980
    On permanent display 29 September 1988 as a museum ship, Intrepid Park, New York, NY.

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 Growler SSG-577 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 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


Machine Postmark

"Naval Base Br."

Portsmouth NH



Launching, Cachet by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Development Association


Machine Postmark

"Naval Base Br."

Portsmouth NH



Signed by Cmdr. Charles Priest, Commanding Officer. Add-on cachet by Alton (Budd) M. Arrington


Machine Postmark

"Submarine Base Br."

New London CT





Other Information

NAMESAKE - A large mouth black bass.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Robert K. Byerts, widow of Comdr. Thomas B. Oakley, Jr., who commanded the third USS Growler SS-215 on her 9th, 10th, and fatal 11th war patrols.

Four ships of the US Navy have borne the name GROWLER - USS Growler (1812 Schooner), USS Growler (1812 Sloop), USS Growler SS-215 and USS Growler SSG-577.



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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