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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 May 25 1942 - Launched August 18 1942

  2. Commissioned February 4 1943 - Decommissioned May 29 1946
    Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group
    Recommissioned October 10 1950 - Decommissioned June 29 1955
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group

    Struck from Naval Register July 1 1960
    Reinstated in Naval Register 1965
    Recommissioned June 18 1966 - Decommissioned September 2 1969

    Struck from Naval Register August 1 1974

  3. ARCTIC STORM (Commercial Service)
  4. Sold November 1 1979
    Converted into fishing trawler

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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning February 4 1943 to May 29 1946


Locy Type




Other Information

PATAPSCO received one battle star for her World War II service, one battle star Korean War service and seven campaign stars for Vietnam War service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Korea Service Medal (1) - Vietnam Service Medal (7) - Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry) - United Nations Korea Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

NAMESAKE - A river in Maryland rising in Carroll County and emptying into Chesapeake Bay



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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