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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 27 October 1936 - Launched 15 March 1938

    Commissioned 25 June 1938 - Decommissioned 15 November 1945

    Struck from Naval Register 30 March 1948
    Sold 12 June 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 Sturgeon SS-187 Covers Page 1    (1936-1943)



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 25 June 1938 - Disestablished 22 August 1943


Locy Type
FDC 3r (A-BBT)



Commissioning, cachet by Martin R. Aden


Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)



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


Locy Type 9v




Locy Type 9x




Other Information

USS STURGEON earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ ten battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A large, bony-plated fish with an elongated body. It is found in both fresh and salt water, especially in the North Temperate Zone, and is an important source of caviar and isinglass.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Charles S. Freeman.



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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