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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.

    Goshawk Class Minesweeper
    Built 1919 as steel hull trawler M/V Penobscot
    Acquired by the Navy 3 September 1940, began conversion to Coastal Minesweeper AMc-4
    Renamed GOSHAWK 16 October 1940
    Reclassified Minesweeper (AM) 25 November 1940

    Commissioned 3 March 1941
    Conversion to minesweeper completed 20 March 1941

    Reclassified Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary (IX) 10 October 1944
    Decommissioned 1 August 1945

  3. GOSHAWK IX-195
    Placed in Service 1 August 1945 - Place out of Service (Date Unknown)

    Struck from the Navy Register 3 January 1946
    Transferred to MARCOM for disposal 7 May 1946
    Sold to Alvin T. Davies of Tacoma, WA and renamed Bering Sea
    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 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 Goshawk AM-79 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



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


As AM-79. The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - A large, short-winged hawk noted for its powerful flight, activity, and courage.



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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