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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.

    Aroostook Class Gasoline Tanker
    Keel Laid (Date Unknown) as the tank barge MV Esso Delivery No.11
    Launched 8 December 1937
    Delivered to the Standard Oil Co., of NJ 8 February 1938
    Acquired by the US Navy 1 April 1943

    Commissioned 18 April 1943
    Decommissioned 18 January 1945 at Bizerte, Algeria

  2. RFS LAC PAVIN A628 (French Naval Service)
    Transferred to France & renamed 18 January 1945

    Struck from the Naval Register 21 March 1949
    Sold outright to France 21 March 1949

  3. RFS LAC PAVIN Q118 (French Naval Service)
    Disarmed 2 May 1953 redesignated Q118
    Final Disposition, scrapped in 1953

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 Aroostook AOG-14 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


A "Thank You for the Cigarettes" reply card. The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS AROOSTOOK earned the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A river which rises in Piscataquis County, Maine, and meanders in a generally northeasterly direction through much of the northern tip of the state before entering the Canadian province of New Brunswick and joining the Saint John River. Aroostook is an Algonquian word meaning a bountiful and unobstructed.

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name AROOSTOOK - USS Aroostook (1861 Gunboat), USS Aroostook AK-44 and USS Aroostook AOG-14.



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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