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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.

    Alamosa Class Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid 6 November 1943 at Leatham D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI.
    Launched 22 May 1944
    Acquired by the US Navy 22 January 1945

    Commissioned 7 February 1945 - Decommissioned 25 January 1946

    Returned to the WSA 29 January 1946 for disposal
    Struck from the Naval Register 12 March 1946
    Merchant Service
    Sold by MARCOM 25 February 1947 to Bergen Line renamed SS CARINA reflagged Norway
    Resold to the Government of South Korea, renamed SS MASAN reflagged South Korea
    Scrapped in South Korean in 1979

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 Poinsett AK-205 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


Machine Postmark

Sawyer, WI


JohnGermann Poinsett AK205 19440725 1 Front.jpg

Mail from the US Navy crew preparing the ship for Naval acceptance. The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS POINSETT earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for a county in Arkansas.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Robert L. Rote



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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