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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.

    Training Aircraft Carrier
    Built 1924 as SS GREATER BUFFALO
    Acquired by U.S. Navy 7 August 1942
    Converted to Training Aircraft Carrier

  1. USS SABLE IX-81
    Commissioned Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX) 8 May 1943
    Decommissioned 7 November 1945

    Struck from Naval Register 28 November 1945
    Transferred to Maritime Commission 26 November 1947 for disposal
    Sold 7 July 1948 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 Sable IX-81 Covers Page 1     (1944)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type


JonBurdett sable ix81 19440310 pm.jpg
JonBurdett sable ix81 19440310.jpg



Locy Type


JonBurdett sable ix81 19440310 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett sable ix81 19440310.jpg



Machine Postmark

Chicago, IL
Locy Type 2


JohnGermann Sable IX81 19451101 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Sable IX81 19451101 1 Front.jpg

Note: The ship's post office had been closed for a week, but the mail clerk felt free to use the 2z canceler and the ships' straight line stamp.


USPO Slogan
Machine Cancel

Buffalo NY


GregCiesielski Sable IX81 19430514 1 Front.jpg


Signed by the CO. 6 days after Commissioning, cachet by George V. Sadworth


USPS Pictorial

Kalamazoo, MI


GregCiesielski Kalamazoo MI 19880716 1 Front.jpg


32nd National Convention of the USCS.


Other Information

USS SABLE earned the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A weasel-like mammal of northern Europe and Asia, related to the marten and valued for its glossy, dark fur.

Two ships of the US Navy have been named SABLE - USS Sable ID-3659 and USS Sable IX-81.



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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