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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
    Planned and authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug ATR-135
    Redesignated Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA) May 15 1944
    Keel Laid November 27 1944 - Launched January 17 1945

  1. USS ATA-208
    Commissioned March 19 1945

    Named July 16 1948 - Decommissioned February 1 1972

  3. CANOABO RM-18 (Dominican Naval Service)
    Loaned to the Dominican Republic February 1 1972 and renamed
    Returned to U.S. Naval custody September 15 1979

    Struck from Naval Register September 15 1979
    Sold January 12 1994 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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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    (1970-72)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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


Machine Postmark

Norfolk, VA


The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

SAGAMORE received the following awards during her Naval career: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

NAMESAKE - An Indian term for a lesser chief or tribal chief among certain North American Indians



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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