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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.

    General G. O. Squier Class Transport
    Keel Laid (Date unknown) as Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A1) hull
    Launched January 22 1944
    Acquired by U.S. Navy May 18 1944

    Commissioned July 20 1944 - Decommissioned June 17 1946
    Transfered to U.S. Army Transportation Service June 17 1946

    Struck from Naval Register July 3 1946

    Commissioned August 30 1946 - Decommissioned 1950
    Reacquired by U.S. Navy March 1 1950
    Assigned to Military Seat Transportation Service

    Placed In Service 1950 - Placed Out of Service October 1954
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet

    Struck from Naval Register July 1960
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA
    Transferred to Maritime Commission March 21 1960
    Permanent custody transferred to Maritime Administration June 30 1960

  4. NEW ORLEANS (Commercial Service)
    Transferred September 10 1968 to Sea-Land Services Inc. and renamed
    Sold to Puerto Rico Maritime Shipping Authority September 10 1968
    Converted into Containership 1968

    Renamed February 28 1972
    Transferred April 2 1981 to United Southern Shipping Ltd. Panama

  6. EASTERN KIN (Panamanian Registry)
    Renamed April 28 1981

    Scrapped January 1982

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     (1945)



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




Locy Type




Other Information

GENERAL E. T. COLLINS received five battle stars for Korean War service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (5) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

NAMESAKE - Edgar Thomas Collins (March 7 1873 - February 10 1933)
Collins graduated from the Military Academy in 1807. In the Spanish-American war he fought with the 1st Brigade in the battles of El Caney and San Juan Hill, and during the siege of Santiago. In the years that followed Collins served at various American and foreign posts, often as an instructor. He went to France in 1917 as an observer on the British and French fronts and returned in 1918 to become Chief of Staff, 85th Division. Later Collins rose to the post of Chief of Staff, 6th Corps, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Following the war, staff and infantry-instructor assignments led to his commanding the Infantry School, Fort Benning, Ga., in 1926. Retired as Assistant Chief of Staff May 31 1932, Major General Collins died February 10 1933 at Washington, D.C



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