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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.

    Chimo Class Auxiliary Minelayer
    Keel Laid in 1941 for the U.S. Army Mine Planter Service as
        USAMP Colonel Henry J. Hunt MP-2
    Launched 1942
    Transferred to USN 4 January 1945 and converted to an Aux. Minelayer

    Commissioned 9 April 1945 - Decommissioned 18 June 1946

    Transferred to the US Coast Guard 18 June 1946
    Commissioned 29 August 1946

    Reclassified 1965 - Decommissioned 15 December 1969

    Fate unknown
US Army Crest.jpg
US Navy Crest.jpg
US CoastGuard 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 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 Bastion ACM-6 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)
  2. USCGC Jonquil WLB-330 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


Locy Type


JohnGermann Bastion ACM6 19451130 1 Front.jpg


Bastion. "Postage due. Stamps Not Available."


Locy Type SL

Machine Cancel

Portsmouth VA


GregCiesielski Jonquil WLB330 19600331 1 Marking.jpg
GregCiesielski Jonquil WLB330 19600331 1 Front.jpg

JONQUIL WAGL-330. Nice example of the cutter's straight-line (SL) marking. Cover also embossed with cutter's seal. From the Richard F. Hoffner collection.


4-bar Cancel

Atlantic Beach NC


GregCiesielski Jonquil WLB330 19620600 1 Front.jpg


JONQUIL WAGL-330. From the John Young collection.


4-bar Cancel

Atlantic Beach NC


GregCiesielski Jonquil WLB330 19670602 1 Front.jpg


JONQUIL WLB-330. Collectors request by Richard F. Hoffner


USPO Slogan
Machine Cancel

Portsmouth VA


GregCiesielski Jonquil WLB330 19670821 1 Front.jpg


JONQUIL WLB-330. Add-on cachet by Michael Hebert (Mh Cachets). From the Richard F. Hoffner collection.


4-bar Cancel

Atlantic Beach NC


GregCiesielski Jonquil WLB330 19680913 1 Front.jpg


JONQUIL WLB-330. Cachet by Martin W. Longseth. From the Richard F. Hoffner collection.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - (HUNT) BGen Henry Jackson Hunt, USA (14 September 1819 – 11 February 1889)
    Hunt was Chief of Artillery in the Army of the Potomac during the American Civil War. Considered by his contemporaries the greatest artillery tactician and strategist of the war, he was a master of the science of gunnery and rewrote the manual on the organization and use of artillery in early modern armies. His courage and tactics affected the outcome of some of the most significant battles in the war, including Malvern Hill, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and most notably at Gettysburg.
    Hunt was a veteran of the Mexican–American War and the US Civil War.

NAMESAKE - (BASTION) A bastion is a work projecting outward from the main enclosure of a fort.

NAMESAKE - (JONQUIL) Narcissus jonquilla, the jonquil, a narcissus with clusters of small fragrant yellow flowers and cylindrical leaves, native to southern Europe and northeastern Africa.



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