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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.

    Tench Class Submarine
    Ordered as TREMBLER
    Renamed December 7 1943
    Keel Laid June 27 1944 - Launched October 10 1944

    Commissioned December 29 1944 - Decommissioned May 8 1952
    Underwent Guppy IIA conversion at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
    Recommissioned February 27 1953 - Decommissioned March 23 1973

    Struck from Naval Register March 23 1973
    Sold March 21 1974 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. 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 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


Kittery ME


JonBurdett argonaut ss475 19441001.JPG
JonBurdett argonaut ss475 19441001 cach.jpg

Twin Launching with USS ARGONAUT SS-475


Locy Type


JohnGermann Quillback SS424 19450631 1 Front.jpg

The cancel date is June 31; however, June only has 30 days. The ship had no postal facilities, so the cover was posted either aboard another ship or ashore.


USPS Slogan
Machine Cancel

Naval Base, S.C.


GregCiesielski Quillback SS424 19501012 1 Front.jpg

No Image

Interesting SL marking, unknown cachetmaker


Other Information

QUILLBACK earned 1 Battle Star for her World War II service

Credited with sinking...
A Japanese Suicide Motorboat, Off Kyushu

NAMESAKE - Named for a fish of the sucker family, widespread in the freshwaters of North America and Northern Asia.



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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