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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.

    General G. O. Squier Class Transport
    Keel Laid January 24 1944 - Launched June 21 1944
    Acquired by U.S. Navy September 4 1944

    Commissioned September 4 1944 - Decommissioned March 8 1946

    Struck from Naval Register March 20 1946
    Delivered to Maritime Commission
    Transferred to Army Transportation Service

    Commissioned 1946 - Decommissioned 1950
    Reacquired by U.S. Navy March 1 1950
    Assigned to Military Sea Transport Service (MSTS)

    Placed In Service 1950 - Out of Service October 16 1958

    Struck from Naval Register 1958
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia Group
    Sold November 6 1967 to Container Ship Chartering Service Inc.

  4. SS BOSTON (Commercial Service)
    Converted to Containership June 1968 and renamed
    Transferred September 17 1968 to Litton Industries Leasing Corp.
    Transferred February 28 1975 to Reynolds Leasing Corp.
    Sold at sea February 12 1987, to Sea-Land Services, Inc.

    Sold May 1988 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 General M. M. Patrick AP-150 Covers Page 1     (1944-46)



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


Locy Type 2z


Censored, WWII use


Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)


Last Day Postal Service. Add-on cachet by Wolfgang Hechler


Locy Type
LDPS 9efu


Last Day Postal Service


Other Information

USS GENERAL M. M. PATRICK earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal w/ 2 battle stars and the United Nations Korean Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Major General Mason Mathews Patrick, US Army (December 13 1863 - January 20 1942)
Patrick graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1886 and was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. During the next three decades he served in a variety of positions. Twice he taught practical military engineering at the Military Academy. He assisted in river and harbor improvements in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers and in Norfolk Harbor. He commanded the 2d Battalion of Engineers in Cuba during operations prior to the raising of battleship Maine. In 1914 he assisted in building Davis Lock, Sault Sainte Marie Canals, Mich. After commanding the 1st Regiment of Engineers on the Mexican border, he joined the A.E.F. during World War I in France, where he took active charge of all construction work and forestry operations. Promoted to Major General in 1918, he was appointed Chief of Air Service. After the Armistice, he represented the A.E.F. at the Paris Peace Conference. In 1921 he became Chief of the Army Air Service, the position he held until his retirement in 1927. Major General Patrick died in Washington, D.C., January 20 1942.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. William E. Lynd.



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