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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.

    Sargo Class Submarine
    Keel Laid 7 September 1937 - Launched 27 July 1938

    Commissioned 16 January 1939
    SUNK by Depth Charges 19 November 1943
    63 Souls Lost and Remain on Duty

    Struck from Naval Register March 25 1944

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. USS Sculpin SS-191 Covers Page 1    (1938-1941)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type



First Day of Postal Service. Cachet by Robert V. Walton, George V. Sadworth and the Argonauts Crew No. 24, ANCS


Locy Type
3 (AC-BBT)



Deep Dive. Cachet by P. J. (PeeJay) Ickeringill


Locy Type


USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3


Cachet and cancel by Sibley's Dept. Store (Hobby Shop)


Other Information

USS SCULPIN earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal w/ eight Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A spiny, large-headed, broad-mouthed, usually scaleless fish found on the Atlantic coasts of Europe and North America .

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Joseph R. Defrees, wife of RADM Defrees, USN, Dir. of Shore Establishments, US Navy Dept.

Three submarines of the US Navy have borne the name SCULPIN - USS Sculpin SS-191, USS Sculpin SS-494 (Cancelled before keel laying) and USS Sculpin SSN-590.



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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