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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.

    Bayfield Class Attack Transport
    Keel Laid January 31 1944
    Launched June 29 1944 as SEA HARE
    Acquired by U.S. Navy December 13 1944

    Commissioned December 13 1944 - Decommissioned April 20 1946

    Struck from Naval Register May 1 1946
    Returned to Maritime Commission May 2 1946

  2. CANADIAN MAIL (Commercial Service)
    Sold 1947 to American Mail Lines Ltd. and renamed

  3. CALIFORNIA MAIL (Commercial Service)
    Renamed (Date unknown)

  4. LAFAYETTE (Commercial Service)
    Renamed 1968

    Scrapped 1973

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 Goshen APA-108 Covers Page 1     (1945-46)



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 2(n)

(used after POD)


Cachet by C. Stephen Anderson. Post office discontinued January 21, 1946


Locy Type




Locy Type 9#

(Br. #15383)


Official Business, Mark from back of cover


Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. G-19


Navy Day


Other Information

USS GOSHEN earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 battle star, the World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A county in Wyoming.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. James B. Black.



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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