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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.

    Escambia Class Fleet Oiler
    Keel Laid 18 September 1944 as SS Mission San Francisco
    Launched 29 October 1944

    Commissioned 20 May 1945 - Decommissioned 21 June 1946

    Struck from Naval Register 8 July 1946
    Reacquired by U.S. Navy and assigned to NTS
    Reassigned to MSTS 1 October 1949
    Reinstated in Naval Register 28 April 1950

    Placed In Service 28 April 1950 - Out of Service (Date unknown)

    Struck from Naval Register 18 December 1967
    Transferred to U.S. Army 1966
    Fate unknown

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. USS Tamalpais T-AO-96 Covers Page 1    (1945)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type 2z


Censored WWII use


Locy Type 2#

(Br. #15716)


Text cachet by B. Sauders Bullard


Locy Type SL


An example of the ship's straight-line marking. From the Bob Govern collection.


Other Information

USS TAMALPAIS earned the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A creek and watershed located in Marin County, Calif.; it empties into San Francisco Bay.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. H. B. Anderson.



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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