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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.

    Miscellaneous Auxiliary
    Built 1901 as German Liner NICARIA
    Seized by the U.S. Government May 8 1917
    Acquired by U.S. Navy June 9 1917 and renamed

    Commissioned October 8 1917

    Designated Cargo Ship (AK) July 17 1920

    Redesignated Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG) June 26 1922
    Decommissioned March 14 1925

    Struck from Naval Register March 14 1925
    Sold August 5 1925 to M. M. Davidson of Stockton, CA

    Sold September 4 1925 to Cooper Metal Co. 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     (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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type



GregCiesielski Pensacola AG13 19230706 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pensacola AG13 19230706 1 Front.jpg

Courtesy of the Jim Myerson Collection


Locy Type SL


GregCiesielski Pensacola AG13 19180801 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pensacola AG13 19180801 1 Front.jpg

Straight-line marking on a Censored, Free WWI era cover. Courtesy of the Jim Myerson Collection


Other Information

USS PENSACOLA earned the Haitian Campaign Medal and the World War I Victory Medal (with Transport clasp) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A bay and city in Escambia County, Florida.



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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