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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.

    Auk Class Minesweeper
    Keel Laid 21 March 1944 - Launched 6 January 1945

  1. USS TOWHEE AM-388
    Commissioned 18 May 1945 - Decommissioned March 1954

    Reclassified Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull) (MSF) 7 February 1955 while in reserve

    Recommissioned as Survey Ship (AGS) 1 April 1964
    Decommissioned 30 April 1969

    Struck from Naval Register 1 May 1969
    Sold 6 March 1970 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. USS Towhee AM-388 Covers Page 1     (1945)



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

1st Commissioning 18 May 1945 to March 1954


Locy Type 2z




Locy Type RECD


From the Richard F. Hoffner collection.

2nd Commissioning 1 April 1964 to 30 April 1969


Locy Type

USS Charles S. Sperry



AGS-28. "Welcome to Norfolk" cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson. Courtesy of the Bob Govern collection.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - A North American bird of the finch family.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. C. E. Conners.



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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