S-22 SS 127

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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.

    S-22 Class Submarine (Holland-type)
    Keel Laid 6 January 1919 - Launched 15 July 1920

  1. USS S-22 SS-127
    Commissioned 23 June 1924 - Decommissioned 19 June 1942

  2. HMS P-554
    Transferred to Great Britain 19 June 1942 and redesignated
    Returned to U.S. Navy 11 July 1944

    Struck from Naval Register August 1945
    Sold 16 November 1945 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 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. USS S-22 SS-127 Covers Page 1     (1926-1930)



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

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Commissioned 23 June 1924 - Decommissioned 19 June 1942

Post Office Established 14 November 1925 - Disestablished 1 December 1928


Locy Type 3


From the Paul Huber collection.


Locy Type P

"OCT 27 / 1932"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-75


"Figure S-75 is a standard Type 5hks cancel for the Submarine Detachment at Pearl Harbor; the mail clerk used wording similar to that shown for several boats there. The exact
arrangements of wording in the killer bars varies. The use of a ship's name in the killers technically would make this a Type P postmark if it had actually been used aboard the boat.
Both cancels (S-74 & S-75) indicate the submarine division to which the boat was attached, noted as "Sub Div" in the listings. For convenience, these postmarks are listed under the
boats in question. Both markings are very elusive." From the Paul Huber collection.


Locy Type




Locy Type


From the Paul Huber collection.


Other Information

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Mark C. Bowman.



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