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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.

    Army Transport
    Keel Laid 7 January 1941 as SS Pascagoula
    Launched 23 January 1942

    Delivered to the US Army 18 September 1942 and commissioned

    Transferred to the US Navy & Placed in Service 1 March 1950
    Placed out of Service 20 November 1960

    Struck from the Naval Register (Date Unknown)
    Sold 26 October 1970 to Isaac Varela of Spain
    Towed to Spain 21 November 1970
    Scrapped at Spain in 1971

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. USNS George W. Goethals T-AP-182 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


U. S. Army Postal Service
4-bar Postmark
APO 69
Bremerhaven, Germany


The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USAT/USNS GEORGE W. GOETHALS earned the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa- Middle East Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the National Defense Service Medal during her combined Army/Navy career.

NAMESAKE - General George W. Goethals, USA (29 June 1858 – 21 January 1928)
        Goethals was a United States Army General and civil engineer, best known for his administration and supervision of the construction and the opening of the Panama Canal. He was the State Engineer of New Jersey and the Acting Quartermaster General of the United States Army.

Two ships were named in his honor - USAT/USNS George W. Goethals T-AP-182 and US Army Corps of Engineers Dredge Goethals (1937-1982).



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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