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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.

    Alcor Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary
    Built 1928 at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J.

  1. DIXIE (Commercial Service)
  2. Owned by Southern Pacific Steamship lines (Morgan Line)
    Official Number: 227107
    Acquired by U.S. Navy March 3 1941

  3. USS ALCOR AG-34
  4. Commissioned Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG) September 4 1941

  5. USS ALCOR AR-10
  6. Reclassified Repair Ship (AR) December 22 1941

  7. USS ALCOR AD-34
  8. Reclassified Destroyer Tender (AD) November 6 1944
    Decommissioned August 5 1946
    Struck from Naval Register August 28 1946

  9. DIXIE (Commercial Service)
  10. Ownership retained by U.S. Maritime Commission. No indication on which company operated the ship under contract
    Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.

    Sold for scrapping, 25 July 1950. Scrapped 1951
    Page 34 of Lloyd's Casualty Returns for 1950 has an entry for "Alcor (ex Dixie)" indicating it was broken up sometime "during the Quarter ended 31st December, 1950"


Conflicting History Data

NavSource says that in 1946 the ship was "transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA."

Wikipedia says the ship was "sold on 6 August 1946"

However, the 1948-1950 editions of Lloyd's Register of Shipping have an entry for DIXIE (with the same Official Number as before)
and listing the owner as "United States Maritime Commission".
This does not necessarily conflict with NavSource as the NavSource wording leaves wiggle room for the ship not actually being laid up.


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     (1941-46)



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 September 15 1941 - Disestablished July 31 1946


Locy Type
FDPS 3 Sep 27, 1941


As AG-34
First Day of Postal Service, cachet by B. Saunders Bullard.


Locy Type


As AD-34


Locy Type


As AR-10


Locy Type
3 (A-OTO)


As AG-34


Locy Type
3z (BBT)


As AG-34
Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


Locy Type
3z (BBT)


As AR-10


Locy Type


As AD-34


Locy Type


As AR-10
Censored Sailor's mail


Locy Type


As AR-10
Mark from back of USS STANSBURY DMS-8 cover


Other Information

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

NAMESAKE - Named for a star in the constellation Ursa Major



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