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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.

    Bogue Class Escort Carrier
    McCLURE AVG-45 was reclassified ACV-45 on August 20 1942
    "McCLURE" name changed to PRINCE November 13 1942
    Keel Laid December 17 1942 - Launched May 18 1943
    Reclassified CVE-45 on July 15 1943

  2. Transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend Lease on October 17th 1943
    Unclear if actually commissioned in the US Navy before transfer to the Royal Navy

  3. HMS RAJAH D-10
  4. Commissioned January 17 1944
    See HMS RAJAH D-10

  5. HMS RAJAH R-310
  6. Royal Navy designation possibly changed to R310 for service in the Pacific, 1945
    Decommissioned December 13 1946

  8. Returned to US Navy custody December 13 1946

    Struck from the Naval Vessel Register February 7 1947

    Sold to Waterman Steamship Corp. July 7 1947
    Converted to a cargo ship 1948, renamed SS Drente (Dutch flag)
    Renamed 1966 - SS Lambros
    Renamed 1969 - SS Ulisse
    Scrapped at Savona, Italy July 1975
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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

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






Other Information

NAMESAKE (McCLURE) - A bay on the coast of Alaska.
NAMESAKE (PRINCE) - A son of a king.



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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