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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.

    PCE-842 Class Patrol Craft Escort
    Keel Laid January 29 1943 - Launched August 28 1943

  1. USS PCE-902
    Commissioned April 30 1945 - Decommissioned November 24 1949

  2. PCE-902
    Departed Philadelphia May 7 1950 and Placed in Service for Naval Reserve training duty in the Great Lakes.

  3. PORTAGE PCE-902
    Named February 15 1956
    Placed Out of Service 1970 (?)

    Struck from Naval Register June 1 1970
    Sold for scrap December 1 1973
PCE902 Photo.jpg

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. PCE-902 Covers Page 1     (1949)



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

1st Commissioning April 30 1945 to November 24 1949

No Postmarks Reported


Locy Type 2


GregCiesielski Portage PCE902 19460517 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Portage PCE902 19460517 1 Postmark.jpg

Postmarked from Hawaiian Sea Forces / Hawaiian Sea Frontier Branch Honolulu HI

Naval Reserve Training Ship May 7 1950 to 1970

No Postmarks Reported


Canadian Slogan
Machine Cancel

Sarnia, Ontario


GregCiesielski Portage PCE902 19640710 1 Front.jpg


Port Visit to Sarnia Ont., cacheted.


Double-ring CDS

Port Huron MI


GregCiesielski Amherst PCER853 19640718 1 Front.jpg


Anti-Submarine War (ASW) Games 1964. Participants include USS Runner SS-476, USS Amherst PCE(R)-853, USS Havre PCE-877, USS Ely PCE-880, USS Farmington PCE-894, USS Portage PCE-902 and USS Daniel A. Joy DE-585.


USPS Type 12

Portage PA


GregCiesielski Portage PCE902 20080403 1 Front.jpg


Commemorative cover by Alvin Eckert postmarked at one of the ships namesake cities.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Cities in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.



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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