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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 February 17 1944 as Fleet Tug (AT)
    Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF) May 15 1944
    Launched July 11 1944

    Commissioned December 8 1944 - Decommissioned November 8 1946
    Recommissioned August 9 1951 - Decommissioned July 1 1974
    Transferred to Military Sea Transportation Service July 1 1974

    Placed In Service July 1 1974 - Out of Service 1980s
    Transferred to Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Portsmouth, VA

    Struck from Naval Register February 21 1992
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA

    Sunk August 25 2000 as target

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     (1970)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

2nd Commissioning August 9 1951 to July 1 1974


Moorehead City NC


As ATF-149
Official Business


Locy Type



No Image

As ATF-149
Last Day of Commissioning, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type


No Image



Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Navy Expeditionary Medal (3-Cuba) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Lebanon)

NAMESAKE - An Indian tribe that once inhabited territory which is now southwestern Louisiana and southeastern Texas.



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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