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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.

    Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug
    Laid down September 11 1944 as Rescue Ocean Tug ATR-115
    Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA) May 15 1944
    Launched October 12 1944

  1. USS ATA-188
    Commissioned December 12 1944

    Named July 16 1948
    Decommissioned 1971
    Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet

    Struck from Naval Register February 28 1975
    Sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) to American Offshore Inc. St. Louis

  3. AMERICAN PATRIOT (Commercial Service)
    Renamed (date unknown)
    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. Covers Page 1     (1970)



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


Locy Type

USS Springfield


JohnGermann Penobscot ATA188 19700327 1 Front.jpg


Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson.


Other Information

PENOBSCOT received 1 Battle Star for WWII service
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto May 16-28 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal

NAMESAKE - An Indian tribe of Algonquian stock, inhabitants of eastern Maine



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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