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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.

    Maricopa Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug
    Keel Laid (Date unknown) as Rescue Ocean Tug (ATR-137)
    Reclassified Auxiliary Ocean Tug (ATA-210) May 15 1944
    Launched February 15 1945 - Acquired by the Navy April 18 1945

  1. USS ATA-210
    Commissioned April 18 1945

    Named January 16 1948
    Decommissioned February 1 1972
    Struck from Naval Register February 1 1975

  3. ARA COMMODORE SOMELLERA A-10 (Argentine Naval Service)
    Sold October 1 1975 to Argentina and renamed
    Sunk 1998

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     (1946,1970)



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


Locy Type


Lincoln's Birthday, cachet by M. Fay Muridge


Locy Type


Washington's Birthday, cachet by C. Wright Richell


Locy Type

USS Traverse County LST-1160



Greetings from Norfolk, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

USS CATAWBA earned the following awards during her Naval career - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic -Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal.

NAMESAKE - A river in North Carolina.

Five ships of the US Navy have been named CATAWBA - USS Catawba (Monitor 1865), USS Catawba YT-32, USS Catawba ATA-210 and USNS Catawba T-ATF-168.
A fifth ship named CATAWBA (AT-68) was renamed ARAPAHO August 5 1941 prior to her launching.



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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