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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.

    Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker
    Keel Laid (Date unknown) - Launched September 23 1943

    Commissioned May 28 1944 - Decommissioned December 14 1949
    Recommissioned July 28 1950 - Decommissioned July 5 1972

    Struck from Naval Register June 25 1992

  2. BEAGLE (Chilean Naval Service)
    Transferred to Chile July 5 1972 and renamed
    Decommissioned by Chilean Navy June 2 1980
    Used as Fuel Storage Hulk

    Sunk as target by the Chilean Air Force

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     (1944,1954,1960)



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

1st Commissioning May 28 1944 to December 14 1949


Locy Type


No Image

Official Business. Ship had no postal facilities.

2nd Commissioning July 28 1950 to July 5 1972


Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. G-47


Note: Also postmarked from the Naval Station, Key West FL.


Locy Type


No Image

Sailor's Mail. Ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

GENESEE received the following awards during her Naval career - Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation - China Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ 1 battle star) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (w/ 1 battle star) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 5 Campaign stars) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (6 awards) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

NAMESAKE - Towns in Idaho, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania; and a river in Pennsylvania and New York. Genesee is an Indian word meaning a beautiful valley.

There have been three ships of the US Navy named GENESEE - USS Genesee (Steamer 1864), USS Genesee AT-55 and USS Genesee AOG-8.



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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