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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.

    Balao Class Submarine
    Keel Laid May 27 1943 - Launched January 8 1944

    Commissioned March 9 1944 - Decommissioned May 3 1946
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, Mare Island Group
    Reclassified Auxiliary Research Submarine (AGSS)
    November 6 1962, While in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register April 1 1967
    Sold October 17 1969 to Union Minerals & Iron Corp. NY 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. 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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
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Cover Image






Other Information

SPADEFISH earned four battle stars during WWII

Credited with sinking...
The 9589-ton Japanese Landing Craft and Repair Ship TAMATSU MARU, August 19 1944 off Luzon
The 2557-ton Japanese Troop Transport SHOKEI MARU, September 8 1944 off Formosa
The 1254-ton Japanese Army Cargo Ship SHINTEN MARU, September 8 1944 off Formosa
The 1922-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship NICHIMAN MARU, September 8 1944 off Formosa
The 6197-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship NICHIAN MARU, September 8 1944 off Formosa
The 10023-ton Japanese Tanker HAKKO MARU No. 2, September 18 1944 Passeleng Bay
The September 18 target was torpedoed on August 22 1944 Luzon Strait
The 5396-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship GYOKUYO MARU, November 14 1944 East China Sea
The 17500-ton Japanese Escort Carrier SHINYO, November 17 1944 off Shanghai
The 3925-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship DAIBOSHI MARU No. 6, November 29 1944 Yellow Sea
The 940-ton Japanese Frigate KUME, January 28 1945 Yellow Sea
The 7158-ton Japanese Troop Transport SANUKI MARU, January 28 1945 Yellow Sea
The 4273-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship TAIRAI MARU, February 4 1945 Yellow Sea
The 1092-ton Japanese Merchant Passenger/Cargo Ship SHOHEI MARU, February 6 1945 off Korea
The 2274-ton Japanese Troop Transport DORYU MARU, March 23 1945 East China Sea
An Un-named Japanese Sailing Vessel, April 1 1945 off Korea
An Un-named Japanese Sailing Vessel, April 7 1945 Yellow Sea
The 1834-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship RITSU GO, April 8 1945 off Korea
The 235-ton Japanese Auxiliary Minesweeper HINODE MARU No. 17, April 11 1945 off Tokckok-Kundo
The 1999-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship DAIGEN MARU NO. 2, June 10 1945 off Hokkaido
The 1293-ton Japanese Troop Transport UNKAI MARU NO. 2, June 10 1945 off Hokkaido
The 985-ton Japanese Army Cargo Ship JINTSU MARU, June 10 1945 off Hokkaido
An Un-named Japanese Sampan, June 12 1945 Sea of Japan
Two Un-named Japanese Trawlers, June 12 1945 Sea of Japan
The 69-ton Japanese Gaurdboat DAIDO MARU, June 12 1945 Sea of Japan
The 11439-ton Soviet Passenger Ship TRANSBALT (Accidental), June 13 1945 La-Perouse Strait
The 2018-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship SEIZAN MARU, June 14 1945 off western Sakhalin
The 2274-ton Japanese Auxiliary Minelayer EIJO MARU, June 17 1945 off Hokkaido

NAMESAKE - A spiny-finned fish found in coastal waters of the western Atlantic from Cuba to Cape Cod



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