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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.

    Escambia Class Fleet Oiler
    Keel Laid (Date unknown) as Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull
    Launched September 24 1944

  1. MISSION ALAMO (U.S. Maritime Commission)
  2. Acquired U.S. Navy February 25 1945

  4. Commissioned February 25 1945 - Decommissioned April 16 1946
    Struck from Naval Register May 8 1946
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet
    Reinstated in Naval Register February 28 1948
    Assigned to Navy Transportation Service
    Reassigned to Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) October 1 1949

  6. Placed In Service October 1 1949 - Out of Service (Date unknown)
    Struck from Naval Register December 17 1957
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet

    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     (1945)



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

Post Office Established February 15 1945 - Disestablished April 10 1946


Locy Type




Locy Type

(Br. #15625)


Mark from back of cover


Other Information

NAMESAKE - A river that flows about 8.4 mi from Prince George's County in Maryland, USA and through Washington, D.C. where it joins with the Washington Channel to empty into the Potomac River at Hains Point. The name "Anacostia" derives from the area's early history as Nacochtank, a settlement of Necostan or Anacostan Native Americans on the banks of the Anacostia River



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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