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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.

    Keel Laid November 28 1942 - Launched December 22, 1942

  1. SS SACAJAWEA WWII Liberty Ship
    Delivered to the U.S. Navy on December 29, 1942 - Scrapped in 1961


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. SS Sacajawea Liberty Ship Covers Page 1    (2000 - 2002)



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







Other Information

NAMESAKE - Shoshone Indian guide and interpreter for the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Four Ships of the US Navy have honored this Shoshone woman
USS Sacagawea YT-241 - A tugboat, launched in 1942; acceptance by the Navy was cancelled in 1942, and Sacagawea was retained by the Maritime Commission.
USS Sacagawea YT-326 - A tugboat, acquired by the Navy and renamed in 1942, and struck in 1945.
SS Sacajawea - A Liberty Ship. On November 28, 1942, Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation in Portland, Oregon, laid hull number 612. The ship was named Sacajawea. It was launched on December 28, 1942 and delivered to the U.S. Navy on December 29, 1942.
USNS Sacagawea T-AKE-2 - A Lewis and Clark class dry cargo ship, launched in 2006.


The following is a Sunday menu from September 9, 1945 (exactly one week after the formal surrender of Japan). It belonged to Teddy Palucki, a repairman on Tinian Island. The images were contributed by his son-in-law, Mike Torney.



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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