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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.

    Gato Class Submarine
    Keel Laid March 6 1942 - Launched July 20 1942

  1. USS SCAMP SS-277
  2. Commissioned September 18 1942
    SUNK (depth charges) November 11 1944 south of Tokyo Bay, all hands lost

    Struck from Naval Register April 28 1945

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


USPO Duplex

"Navy Yard Sta."

Portsmouth NH


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Keel Laying, cachet by Gow C. Ng







Portsmouth NH


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On Eternal Patrol, cachet by Alton M. (Budd) Arrington


Other Information

SCAMP received seven battle stars for her World War II service

Credited with sinking...
The 6853-ton Japanese Seaplane Carrier KAMIKAWA MARU, May 28 1943 off Kavieng
The 1400-ton Japanese Submarine I-168, July 27 1943 off New Ireland
The 8614-ton Japanese Army Cargo Ship KANSAI MARU, September 19 1943 off New Guinea
The 6481-ton Japanese Troop Transport TOKYO MARU, November 12 1943 off Truk
The 10024-ton Japanese Fleet Tanker NIPPON MARU, January 14 1944 off Sorol Island

NAMESAKE - A fish, a member of the serranidae family

There has been two submarines of the US Navy named SCAMP - USS Scamp SS 277 and USS Scamp SSN 588



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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