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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 20 1942 - Launched July 20 1942

    Commissioned October 1 1942
    SUNK (mine) January-February 1944 in the Yellow Sea, all hands lost

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


USPO Machine cancel

Portsmouth, NH


GregCiesielski Scorpion SS278 19420720 1 Front.jpg

No Image

Gow C. Ng


Portsmouth NH


JonBurdett scorpion ss278 19420720.jpg
JonBurdett scorpion ss278 19420720 cach.jpg







Other Information

SCORPION received three battle stars for World War II service

Credited with sinking...
The 1934-ton Japanese Auxiliary Gunboat MEIJI MARU No. 1, April 20 1943 off Honshu
The 6380-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship YUZAN MARU, April 27 1943 off Honshu
The 131-ton Japanese Guardboat EBISU MARU No. 5, April 30 1943 off Japan
The 3890-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship ANZAN MARU, July 3 1943 Yellow Sea
The 6112-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship KOKURYU MARU, July 3 1943 Yellow Sea

NAMESAKE - An order of arachnids having an elongated body and a narrow segmented tail bearing a venomous sting at the tip



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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