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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.

    Mettawee Class Gasoline Tanker
    Laid down November 23 1943, as Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull
    Launched March 25 1944
    Acquired by U.S. Navy May 18 1944

  2. Commissioned May 19 1944 - Decommissioned June 4 1946
    Struck from Naval Register April 23 1947
    Transferred to Maritime Commission March 9 1948 for disposal

  3. PROVIDENCE (Commercial service)
  4. Sold February 1948 refitted and renamed

  5. TEXACO PROVIDENCE (Commercial service)
  6. Sold June 1969 to the Texas Corp. and renamed

  7. DEAN REINAUER (Commercial service)
  8. Sold August 1967 to Reinauer Transportation Companies of Staten Island, N.Y. and renamed
    Burned 1969, declared a total loss

  9. BFT No. 1 (Commercial service)
  10. Converted to Barge 1970 and renamed
    Assigned to Boston Fuel Transportation, a Reinauer Transportation subsidiary

  11. MARY C. (Commercial service)
  12. Later converted to carry ship sludge and renamed

    Acquired by Ecklof Marine Corp. Staten Island, N.Y., and stripped for spare parts
    Scuttled by explosives October 30 1990 on New Jersey's Garden State Reef

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     (1946)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type
10494 Branch
Saipan, Marianas


The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

NAMESAKE - An erroneous spelling of Ammonoosuc, a river in the state of New Hampshire



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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