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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.

    Escambia Class Fleet Oiler
    Keel Laid March 30 1943 as MC type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull
    Launched June 25 1943

    Commissioned April 30 1944 - Decommissioned March 18 1946

    Struck from Naval Register March 28 1946
    Laid up October 11 1946 in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group
    Leased October 24 1947 to Pacific Tankers
    Title transferred to U.S. Navy February 10 1948
    Assigned to Military Sea Transportation Service

    Placed In Service October 1949 - Placed Out of Service February 24 1956
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA. Group
    Reacquired by U.S. Navy June 26 1956
    Placed In Service June 26 1956- Placed Out of Service September 26 1957

    Struck from Naval Register September 26 1957
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX

  3. SEATRAIN FLORIDA (Commercial Service)
    Title transferred May 3 1966 to Hudson Waterways Corp and renamed
    Converted to Containership March 1967
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group
    Assigned to Maritime Administration Ready Reserve Force
    Renamed FLORIDA August 8 1978, While in reserve

    Sold March 12 1986 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     (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


JohnGermann Pamanset AO85 19460108 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Pamanset AO85 19460108 1 Front.jpg



Other Information

PAMANSET earned six battle stars during World War II

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

NAMESAKE - A river in Massachusetts



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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