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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.

    Lapwing Class Minesweeper
    Keel Laid November 10 1917 - Launched June 15 1918

  1. USS PELICAN Minesweeper No.27
    Commissioned October 10 1918

    Designated (AM) July 17 1920
    Decommissioned May 3 1922
    Recommissioned August 17 1922

    Reclassified Small Seaplane Tender (AVP) January 22 1936
    Decommissioned November 30 1945

    Struck from Naval Register December 19 1945
    Sold November 1946 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 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. AM-27 Covers Page 1    (1919)
  2. AVP-6 Covers Page 1    (1940-45)



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

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

2nd Commissioning August 17 1923 to November 30 1945


Locy Type
3 (AC-BBB)



As AVP-6
19th Anniversary cachet by Frederick Horton


Locy Type
3r (AC-BBT)



As AVP-6


Locy Type
3z (BTB)


As AVP-6


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Any of a genus of large web-footed birds with a very large bill and distenible gular pouch in which fish are caught



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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