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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.

    T-1 Class Submarine
    Keel Laid 1 May 1952 - Launched 14 October 1953

  1. USS T-2 SST-2
    Commissioned 20 November 1953

    Renamed 15 July 1956 - Decommissioned 31 January 1973

    Struck from the Naval Register 31 January 1973
    Assigned as a museum ship, 20 August 1974, at Omaha, Nebraska.

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 Marlin SST-2 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


Duplex Postmark

Key West, FL
Naval Station


As T-2. The ship had no postal facilities.


USPO Duplex

"Naval Station Br."

Key West FL



As Marlin. The ship had no postal facilities.


Locy Type 7

USS Howard W. Gilmore



Cachet by Alton (Budd) M. Arrington


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the marlin, a large game fish.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. William R. DeLoach.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name MARLIN - USS Marlin SS-205 and USS Marlin SST-2.



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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