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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.

    Wind Class Icebreaker
    Keel Laid 24 August 1942 - Launched 31 March 1943

  2. Commissioned 18 September 1944

  3. SEVERNI POLIUS (Soviet Union Naval Service)
  4. Loaned to The Soviet Union 21 February 1945 and renamed
    Returned to U.S. Navy custody 19 December 1951
    Struck from Naval registry 8 September 1952
    Custody transferred to U.S. Coast Guard 13 March 1952

  6. Commissioned 22 September 1952
    Decommissioned 1 October 1971
    Recommissioned 20 June 1974 - Decommissioned 29 February 1988


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. USCGC Westwind WAGB-281 Covers Page 1     (1944-1983)



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

2nd Commissioning (USCG) 22 September 1952 to 1 October 1971

Post Office Reopened 1 May 1966 - Post Office Closed 1 October 1971


Locy Type
2(n+) USCGC


WAGB-281. 15th Season Arctic (East) R/S cachet.

3rd Commissioning (USCG) June 20 1974 to February 29 1988

Post Office Reopened 17 June 1974 - Post Office Closed 29 February 1988


Locy Type
2(n) USCGC




Locy Type
LDC 2-2t
("USCG",FPO MIANI 34093)


WAGB-281. Last Day in Commission, cachet by John Young


Other Information

USCGC WESTWIND earned the Antarctica Service Medal and the Arctic Service Medal during her USCG career.
NAMESAKE - One of seven "Wind" class icebreakers.

NAMESAKE - (Russian) North Pole.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Stanley V. Parker.



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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