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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.

    Alamosa Class Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid December 21 1943 as Combat Stores Ship AK-185
    Redesignated Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG) during construction
    Launched May 14 1944

    Commissioned April 10 1945

    Redesignated Aviation Stores Issue Ship (AVS) May 25 1945
    Decommissioned February 11 1946

  3. STE. HELENE (Merchant Service)
    Sold 1946 and renamed

    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. Covers Page 1    (1944)



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 Cancel

Superior WI



Launching, cachet by Ralph P. Werve


Other Information

Note: Type 2# and 9# (Br. #15687) devices prepared but never used.

NAMESAKE - A county in the state of Georgia.



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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