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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.

    Arcturus Class Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid August 10 1938 as Maritime Commission type (C2) hull
    Launched June 15 1939

  1. MORMACWREN (Commercial Service)
  2. Operated by the Moore-McCormack Lines
    Acquired U.S. Navy June 6 1941

  4. Commissioned June 15 1941

  6. Redesignated Attack Cargo Ship (AKA) February 1 1943
    Decommissioned December 3 1945

    Struck from Naval Register December 19 1945
    Transferred June 30 1946 to the Maritime Commission for disposal
    Sold 1947 by Maritime Commission for commercial service

    Scrapped 1973


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     (1943)



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 October 7 1941 - Disestablished November 5 1945


Locy Type
FDPS 3 Oct 7, 1941



As AK-25
First Day of Postal Service
Cover also bears a "Released by O.N.I. Sep 7, 1945" marking. (Office of Naval Intelligence)


Locy Type
3z (BBT)


As AKA-8


Other Information

ALGORAB earned 4 Battle Stars (WWII)
* North African Occupation
Algerian-Morocco landings, November 1942
* Consolidation of the southern Solomon Islands
February - June 1943
* New Georgian Group operation
New Georgia-Rendova-Vangunu occupation, June 1943
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, April 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive June 30 1943) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - Named for a star in the constellation Corvi



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