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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.

    Crater Class Cargo Ship / Grumium Class Aviation Supply Issue Ship
    Keel Laid July 30 1943 as Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull
    Launched August 20 1943

  1. SS JAMES ROWAN (Maritime Commission)
    Acquired by U.S. Navy October 3 1943

  2. USS ALIOTH AK-109
    Commissioned October 25 1943

  3. USS ALIOTH IX-204
    Redesignated Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX) December 31 1944

    Redesignated Aviation Supply Issue Ship (AVS) May 3 1945
    Decommissioned May 18 1946

  5. SS JAMES ROWAN (Maritime Commission)
    Original name restored and Delivered to the Maritime Commission May 13 1947

    Struck from Naval Register May 22 1947
    In merchant service until 1956
    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     (1943-45)



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 February 1 1944 - Disestablished April 23 1946


Locy Type


As AVS-4
Censored wartime (WWII) use


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, November 14 1944) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

Individual Awards...
Purple Hearts (10 WIA November 20 1944)

NAMESAKE - Named for a star in the constellation Ursa Major



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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