ATA 125

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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.

    Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug
    Planned and approved as Fleet Tug AT-125
    Reclassified Rescue Tug ATR-47
    Keel Laid 27 November 1942 - Launched 3 January 1943

  1. USS ATR-47
    Commissioned 12 August 1943

  2. USS ATA-125
    Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA) 15 May 1944
    Decommissioned (Date Unknown)

    Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
    Commercial Service
    Sold 24 December 1945 Unknown Owner
    Sold in 1947 to Moran Towing, renamed Joseph H. Moran II
    Sold in 1949 to South American Towing Corp (Moran), Monrovia and renamed Dragon, re-flagged Liberian
    Sold in 1953 back to Moran Towing renamed Joseph H. Moran II, re-flagged USA
    Sold in 1960 to Bureau Wijsmuller, Ijmuiden, Netherlands, renamed Utrecht, re-flagged Netherlands
    Sold in 1964 to the French Navy in 1964, renamed RFS Hippopotame A-660
    Final Disposition, sunk as a target in 1985

Naval Covers

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  1. USS ATA-125 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.

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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

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Locy Type


AS ATR-47. Application for a war ballot. The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS ATR-47 / ATA-125 earned the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 2 Battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.



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