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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 9 September 1937 - Launched 29 October 1938

    Commissioned 17 July 1939 - Decommissioned 22 June 1946

    Struck from Naval Register 19 July 1946
    Sold October 1947 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 Spearfish SS-190 Covers Page 1     (1937-41)



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


Locy Type



First Day in Commission. Cachet by Gordon A. Shaw and Lloyd A. Nace


Locy Type
3 (A-BTT)



Cachet by Martin R. Aden, sponsored by the Argonauts Crew No. 24, ANCS


Locy Type

"USS /

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3


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


Other Information

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

NAMESAKE - Any of several large, powerful, pelagic fishes allied to the marlins and sailfishes.



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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