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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.

    Salmon Class Submarine
    Keel Laid 23 July 1936 - Launched 24 August 1937

    Commissioned 15 December 1937 - Decommissioned 17 November 1945

    Struck from Naval Register 31 April 1948
    Sold 18 May 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 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 Snapper SS-185 Covers Page 1    (1936-39)



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

Post Office Established December 15 1937 - Disestablished May 27 1945


Locy Type
FDC 3 Dec 15, 1937


Commissioning, cachet sponsored by Argonauts Crew No. 24, ANCS. Autographed by the CO.


Locy Type


Censored, cachet by George V. Sadworth. CO's return address.


Locy Type
3 (AC-TBT)



Christmas, cachet by Frank Kuss.


Locy Type



On piece.


Locy Type



On piece.


Locy Type
Fake Aug 24, 1941

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3


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


Other Information

USS SNAPPER earned the American Defense Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ six battle stars and the WWII Victory Medal during her Naval career.

Credited with sinking...
The 8359-ton damaged Japanese Passenger-Cargo Ship TOKAI MARU, August 27 1943 Apra Harbor, Guam
The 870-ton Japanese Frigate MUTSURE, September 2 1943 off Truk
The 4575-ton Japanese Transport KENRYI MARU, November 29 1943 off Hachijo Jima
The 720-ton Japanese Coastal Minelayer AJIRO, October 1 1944 off Bonin Islands
The 1990-ton Japanese Transport SEIAN MARU, October 1 1944 off Bonin Islands

NAMESAKE - Any of numerous carnivorous, basslike fishes, esteemed as food and as game fishes.

There has been three ships of the US Navy that have borne the name SNAPPER - USS Snapper Submarine No. 16 (Renamed USS C-5 SS-16), USS Snapper SP-2714 and
USS Snapper SS-185.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Harold R. Stark, wife of Rear Admiral Stark, Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance



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