Exhibit by Steve Shay Frame 2, Page 2

A History of the Submarines Built at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard

USS Skate SS-305
Balao class (No reported postmarks)
Launched March 4, 1943

Upper: Commissioning cover, unknown cachet design artist, Type Fz shipyard shore cancel.
Lower: Cover cancelled at Midway Island after completion of second war patrol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made eight war patrols in the Pacific during World War II. Sank ten ships for 27,924 tons including damaging Japanese battleship Yamato on second patrol. Used as target ship for atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll 1946. Towed to Mare Island for decommissioning December 1946. Disposed of by sinking off the California coast October 21, 1948.

 

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