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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.

    ATA-121 Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug
    Planned and authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug "ATR-117"
    Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug "ATA-190" May 15 1944
    Keel Laid September 29 1944 - Launched October 26 1944

  1. USS ATA-190
    Commissioned January 1 1945

    Named July 16 1948 - Decommissioned September 12 1969

    Struck from the Naval Register July 1 1978

    Sold to Haiti and renamed October 1 1978
    Fate Unknown
Samoset ATA190 Crest.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. Covers Page 1     (1969)



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



Locy Type

USS Algol


GregCiesielski Samoset ATA190 19690912 1 Front.jpg


Last Day In Commission, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

USS SAMOSET earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ 1 Battle star), the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) and the Philippines Liberation Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - An Indian chief who deeded some 12,000 acres in present-day Maine to the English in July 1625. He died after 1653 and was buried near Bristol, Maine.

Three ships of the US Navy have been named SAMOSET - USS Samoset YT/YTM-5, USS Samoset SP-2000 and USS Samoset ATA-190. A fourth ship was planned to be named SAMOSET (MC Hull 516) but was assigned CHIWAWA AO-68.



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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