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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.

    Mobile Transmitting Facility Vessel
    Keel laid 25 January 1945 as Inter-Island Shuttle "DODDRIDGE"
    Renamed (Date unknown) "Coastal Messenger"
    Launched 1945

    Commissioned 25 March 1945
    Operated by United Fruit Company and the Grace Line Inc.
    Acquired by U.S. Coast Guard 15 February 1952

    Commissioned 15 February 1952 - Decommissioned 22 August 1964
    Used as Coast Guard Training Vessel

    Recommissioned as Training Vessel (WTR) 30 April 1966
    Decommissioned 4 October 1972

    Struck 31 January 1975
    Fate unknown

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 Courier WAGR / WTR-410 Covers Page 1     (1952-2015)



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

1st Commissioning February 15 1952 to August 22 1964


Locy Type 2


WAGR-410. Add-on cachet by Michael Hebert (Mh Cachets). From the Richard F. Hoffner collection.


Locy Type


WAGR-410. From the Richard F. Hoffner collection.

USPS Pictorial Postmark


Pictorial Postmark

"50th Anniversary /
Operation Vagabond"

Yorktown VA


WTR-410. Cachet by Phil Edwards (The Cover Monster). From the Richard F. Hoffner collection.


Other Information

USCGC COURIER earned the Coast Guard Unit Commendation Ribbon during her career.

NAMESAKE - A message carrier.



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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