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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.

    Iris Class 180 foot Seagoing Buoy Tender
    Keel Laid February 4 1944 - Launched April 28 1944

    Commissioned September 22 1944

    Reclassified (WLB) 1965
    Decommissioned (for Overhaul) July 31 1978
    Recommissioned March 1980 - Decommissioned March 2 2001

    Sold to the Republic of Ghana
Woodrush WLB407 Patches.jpg

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. Covers Page 1    (1974,1991,2001)



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

1st Commissioning September 22 1944 to July 31 1978


Machine Cancel

Duluth MN


GregCiesielski Woodrush WLB407 19740831 1 Front.jpg


Add-on cachet by Michael Hebert (Mh cachets)

2nd Commissioning March 1980 to March 2 2001


Machine Cancel

Sitka, AK


GregCiesielski Woodrush WLB407 19910803 1 Front.jpg


Ship's cachet


USPS 4-bar

Sitka, AK


GregCiesielski Woodrush WLB407 20010302 1 Front.jpg


Decommissioning, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

NAMESAKE - A family of monocotyledonous plants in the order Juncales characterized by an inflorescence of diverse sorts, vascular bundles with abaxial phloem, and cells without silica bodies (luzula acuminata).



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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