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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.

    Redwing Class Motor Minesweeper
    Keel laid 7 May 1954 as AMS-204
    Launched 5 January 1955
    Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (MSC) 7 February 1955

    Commissioned 8 November 1955 - Decommissioned 1 July 1975

    Transferred to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA
    Converted for use as an Ocean Research Vessel and renamed R/V Virginian Sea
    Struck from the Navy Register 1 August 1977
    Scrapped 1 August 1982

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. USS Thrush MSC-204 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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Machine Postmark

Key West, FL
Naval Station


The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - A bird of a family of approximately 700 species and sub-species. The thrush is found world-wide and is known for its beautiful songs.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name THRUSH - USS Thrush AVP-3 and USS Thrush MSC-204.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Edgar S. Russell.



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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