POTOMAC AG 25

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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.

    165-foot "B" Class Coast Guard Cutter
    Keel Laid 5 March 1934 - Launched 30 June 1934
    Delivered to U.S. Coast Guard to enforce prohibition laws

  1. USCGC ELECTRA WPC-187
  2. Commissioned 25 October 1934 - Decommissioned 8 November 1935

    Acquired by U.S. Navy November 8 1935 for use as Presidential Yacht
  3. USS ELECTRA AG-25
  4. Designated Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG) 11 November 1935

  5. USS POTOMAC AG-25
  6. Renamed 30 January 1936
    Commissioned 2 March 1936 - Decommissioned 15 November 1945
    Returned to U.S. Coast Guard 23 November 1945

    Struck from Naval Register 25 February 1946
    Transferred 1946 to The State of Maryland for service with the Tidewater Fisheries Commission
    Sold April 1960 to Warren G. Toone for service as ferry boat between San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
    Sold to Hydro Capital Co. and used as a traveling historical museum of the Franklin D. Roosevelt era
    Sold January 1964 to Elvis Presley and given to St. Jude’s Hospital, Memphis, TN
    Sold 1980 and fully restored and docked at FDR Pier, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA
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Naval Covers

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  1. USS Potomac AG-25 Covers Page 1    (1936-1941)

 

Postmarks

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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.
 
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Post Office Established 1 May 1936 - Disestablished 30 June 1945


 

Locy Type
FDPS 3 (A-TTB)

"1ST, CANCEL /
WASH. D.C."

1936-05-22

GregCiesielski Potomac AG25 19360522 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Potomac AG25 19360522 1 Front.jpg

First Day of Postal Service. Cacheted.


 

Locy Type
3 (A-TTB)

"NAVY YARD /
WASH, D.C."

1936-09-11

GregCiesielski Potomac AG25 19360911 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Potomac AG25 19360911 1 Front.jpg

Additional USPO postmark from Washington, D.C., dated the same day.


 

Locy Type 3z

1942-01-30

GregCiesielski Potomac AG25 19420130 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Potomac AG25 19420130 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Walter G. Crosby. From the Adam Francis collection.


 

Locy Type
* FAKE *

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3a

1941-08-14

GregCiesielski Potomac AG25 19410815 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Potomac AG25 19410815 2 Front.jpg

Roosevelt/Churchill High Seas Meeting. Cachet by the Sibley's Dept. Store (Hobby Shop)

 

Other Information

USS POTOMAC earned the American Defense Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A river on the Eastern seaboard of the United States, emptying into Chesapeake Bay and forming a boundary between Virginia and Maryland.

 


 

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