From NavalCoverMuseum
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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.

    Crater Class Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid (Date unknown)
    Launched February 25 1943

  1. JOHN G. NICOLAY (U.S. Liberty Ship)
  2. Acquired by U.S. Navy March 9 1943

  4. Commissioned March 29 1943 - Decommissioned July 5 1946

  5. JOHN G. NICOLAY (U.S. Maritime Commission)
  6. Returned to Maritime Commission for disposal, name restored

    Struck from Naval Register July 31 1946

  7. SS PRESIDENT STEYN (Commercial Service)
  8. Sold August 1947 to Southern Steamships (Pty) Ltd, Johannesburg and renamed
    Sold 1949 to Northern Steamships (Pty) Ltd, Johannesburg

  9. SS HILDALGO (Commercial Service)
  10. Sold 1951 to Cia Nav Hidalgo SA, Panama RP, and renamed

  11. SS OCEAN SAILOR (Commercial Service)
  12. Sold 1954 to Blue Bay SS Corp. and renamed

    Sold April 10 1967 to Japanese breakers


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     (DATE RANGE)



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

Post Office Established January 15 1945 - Disestablished June 17 1946


Locy Type




Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

NAMESAKE - The star in the constellation Cygnus which represents the head of the swan



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.


Copyright 2024 Naval Cover Museum