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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.

    Patrol Gunboat
    Built 1931 as ALVA
    Owned by William K. Vanderbilt, II
    Used in expeditions to the South Pacific, Mediterranean
    and South America from 1931 to 1935
    Given to U.S. Navy November 4 1941 and renamed

    Placed in Reduced Commission December 29 1941
    Commissioned In Ordinary January 23 1942
    Commissioned (Full) April 20 1942
    SUNK (Torpedoed) August 5 1943 by German U-566 off Cape Henry, VA

    Struck from Naval Register August 19 1943

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     (1942)



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

Post Office Established March 16 1942 - Disestablished August 8 1943


Locy Type
FDPS 3z Mar 23, 1942


JonBurdett plymouth pg57 19420323-1 pm.jpg
JonBurdett plymouth pg57 19420323-1.jpg

First Day Postal Service


Locy Type
FDPS 9xz


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JonBurdett plymouth pg57 19420323.JPG

First Day Postal Service


Locy Type
3z (BBT)



JonBurdett plymouth pg57 19420323 pm.jpg
JonBurdett plymouth pg57 19420323.JPG



Other Information

NAMESAKE - A town in Massachussetts on Plymouth Bay, 18 miles southeast of Brockton; founded by the Pilgrims in 1620



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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