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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.

    Mesquite Class 180 ft Seagoing Buoy Tender
    Keel Laid - Launched

    Commissioned October 12 1943

    Reclassified (WLB) 1965
    Decommissioned for overhaul October 1989
    Recommissioned June 18 1991 - Decommissioned July 23 1999
    Donated to Canvasback Missions of Benicia, CA, a nonprofit organization.

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. Covers Page 1    (1975,1999)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning October 12 1943 to October 1989


Machine Cancel

Jacksonville FL


Homeport - Charleston SC 1954 to 1989
Add-on cachet by Michael Hebert (Mh Cachets)

2nd Commissioning June 18 1991 to July 23 1999


USPS Type 9

Galveston, TX



Homeport - Galveston TX June 1991 to July 1999
Decommissioning, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

USCGC PAPAW has received many awards during her proud history. Her wartime honors include: the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and two National Defense Service Medals.
USCGC PAPAW has also received many peace time commendations, these include: two Coast guard Meritorious Unit Commendations, a Humanitarian Service Medal, and a Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbon.

NAMESAKE - A deciduous tree (Asimina triloba) of the eastern and southeast United States, having flowers with three sepals, three petals, and numerous stamens and fleshy, edible fruit.



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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