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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.

    Asheville Class Gunboat
    Keel Laid Motor Gunboat (PGM-89) 21 June 1966
    Reclassified as a Patrol Gunboat (PG-89) 1 April 1967
    Launched 22 April 1967

    Commissioned 11 May 1968 - Decommissioned 31 January 1976

    Struck from the Naval Register 15 December 1976
    Transferred 1 April 1977 to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy as a training vessel
    Fate unknown.

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 Marathon PG-89 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


Locy Type

Naval Station Guam



The ship had no postal facilities.


Machine Cancel

Sturgeon Bay WI



Collectors request by Thad W. Kaczkowski


Locy Type 2(n) (USS)

USS Mount Whitney



Decommissioning. Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

USS MARATHON earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 6 Campaign stars and the Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A county in central Wisconsin.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Robert W. Copeland.



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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