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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.

    Mettawee Class Gasoline Tanker
    Keel Laid (Date Unknown) - Launched 3 June 1944

    Commissioned 14 August 1944 - Decommissioned 20 March 1946

    Struck from the Naval Register 17 April 1946
    Transferred to MARCOM for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
    Sold for merchant service in April 1947 to Standard Oil of Brazil, renamed M/T Esso Porto Alegre
    Final Disposition, sunk in 1970

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 Escatapaw AOG-27 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


Machine Postmark

San Francisco, CA


JohnGermann Escatawpa AOG27 19460102 1 Front.jpg

The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS ESCATAPAW earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A river in Alabama.



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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