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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.

    Pipit Class Coastal Minesweeper
    Built in 1934 as JACKIE SUE
    Acquired by the Navy 14 November 1940 and renamed PARRAKEET

    Placed in service 29 April 1941
    Placed out of service 5 February 1945

    Transferred to the WSA 5 February 1945 and returned to her owner
    Foundered 21 March 1956 north-northwest of Mancora, Peru.

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. Parrakeet AMc-34 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 Parrakeet AMc34 19440515 1 Front.jpg

The ship had no postal facilities. When it named the ship, the Navy managed to misspell "parakeet."


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Any of numerous usually small slender parrots with a long graduated tail.

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name PARRAKEET - Parrakeet AMc-34, USS Parrakeet AMS-30 and USS Parrakeet AM-419 (cancelled 11 August 1945).



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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