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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.

    Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug
    Keel Laid 12 January 1944 as AT-118
    Reclassified as Large Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF) 15 May 1944
    Launched 7 September 1944

    Commissioned 24 March 1945 - Decommissioned 19 March 1947

    Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1962

  2. ROCS TA FANG 555
    Sold to Taiwan and renamed
    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. 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


JohnGermann Wenatchee ATF118 19461020 1 Front.jpg

The cancel was held together by a rubber band. The ship had no postal facilities, so the cover was posted either on another ship or ashore.


Other Information

USS WENATCHEE 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 tribe of Indians of the Salishan language group, who lived in the area that is now central Washington state, principally around Lake Chelan.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Hart A. Aaron, the wife of Lt. Comdr. H. A. Aaron, USNR.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name WENATCHEE - USS Wenatchee ATF-118 and USS Wenatchee YTB-808.



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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