ATA 215

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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.

    ATA-214 Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug
    Keel Laid July 19 1943 as Yard Net Tender PALO VERDE YN-86
    Redesignated January 20 1944 as Net Laying Ship AN-65
    Name dropped May 15 1944 and reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA)
    Launched September 2 1944

  1. USS ATA-215
    Commissioned December 17 1944 - Decommissioned March 1946
    Loaned to Finn Ronne Antarctic Expedition 1946

    Struck from Naval Register December 1948

  2. PORT OF BEAUMONT (Research Vessel)
    Renamed January 25 1947
    During expedition, was stuck in the ice pack of Marguerite Bay on the Palmer Peninsula for 12 months
    Returned to New York March 1948

    Sold February 8 1949 to an unknown buyer
    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     (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.


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Killer Bar Text

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Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal



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