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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 as MC type (C4-S-A1) hull
    Launched November 11 1942
    Acquired by U.S. Navy August 30 1943

    Commissioned August 30 1943 - Decommissioned July 10 1946

    Struck from Naval Register July 31 1946
    Transferred April 7 1964 to Bethlehem Steel, Corp.
    Converted to General Cargo Ship

  2. PENMAR (Commercial Service)
    Renamed May 27 1964

  3. PENN (Commercial Service)
    Sold August 11 1976 to Alpine Steamship Co., Inc. and renamed

  4. PENNY (Commercial Service)
    Sold June 13 1978 to American Coastal and Foreign Shipping Co. Inc. and renamed

    Sold August 10 1984 for scrap

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     (1948)



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




Locy Type




Other Information

General G. O. Squier received the following awards during her Naval career - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (w/ 1 battle star) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal.

NAMESAKE - George Owen Squier was born in Dryden, Mich., 21 March 1865 and graduated from the Military Academy in 1877. After first entering the Army as an artillery officer, Squier joined the Signal Corps, rising to Major by 1903. He commanded cable-ship Burnside during the laying of the Philippine cable from 1900 to 1902. He was appointed Chief Signal Officer of the Army 14 February 1917, and was promoted to Major General 6 October. He also served as Chief of the Army Air Service 1916 to 1918. General Squier was the author of numerous articles and papers on technical subjects, and is credited with several important inventions in the fields of radio and electronics. He took part in his later life in several international conferences on communications and attended the 1921 Washington Conference on Naval Limitations for the War Department. General Squier died 24 March 1934. {DANFS}



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