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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.

    Crater Class Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid 20 June 1944 as "SS A.J. CASSATT"
    Launched 27 July 1944 - Acquired by USN 10 August 1944

  2. Commissioned 26 September 1944 - Decommissioned 26 November 1945

    Struck from Naval Register 5 December 1945

    Sold November 1947 to Fordom Trading Co, and renamed "SS SANTA ANA"
    Sold 1951 to Cia Nav San Maritine SA, Panama RP
    Sold 1952 to San Martin Cia de Nav SA
    1958 managed by Cargo & Tankship Management Corp, N.Y
    1961 managed by Santa Maria Shipowning & Trading Co (Bermuda) Ltd
    Arrived in tow November 4 1964 at Yokohama after losing propeller
    Sold to Japanese breakers 1964
    Scrapped January 1965


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 Appanoose AK-226 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 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

Post Office Established 20 October 1944 - Disestablished 26 November 1945


Locy Type 2z


Official Business. From the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type


Last Day of Postal Service, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

APPANOOSE earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star, the World War II Victory Medal and the Philippines Liberation Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A county in southern Iowa named for Appanoose, a chief of the Sac and Fox Indian tribes.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. A. J. Cassatt.



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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