From NavalCoverMuseum
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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.

    Balao Class Submarine
    Keel Laid May 15 1943 - Launched August 30 1943

    Commissioned December 16 1943 - Decommissioned August 29 1946
    Disposed of as target durind Atomic Bomb Tests at Bikini 1946

    Struck from Naval Register February 25 1947
    Raised and sunk as target October 16 1948 off Eniwetok

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. 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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


USPO Machine Cancel
Kittery ME


JonBurdett bang ss385 19430830.JPG
JonBurdett bang ss385 19430830 cach.jpg

Twin Launching with USS BANG SS-385


USPO Slogan
Machine Postmark

"Navy Yard Sta."

Portsmouth, NH


JohnGermann Pilotfish SS386 19431216 1 Front.jpg

Commissioning, cachet by George J. Contraros


Other Information

PILOTFISH received five battle stars for World War II service

Credited with sinking...
The 853-ton Japanese Auxiliary Vessel INA MARU (Possible), September 1 1944 off Chichi Jima

NAMESAKE - A carangoid fish, often seen in warm latitudes in company with sharks



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.


Copyright 2021 Naval Cover Museum