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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
    Keel Laid June 10 1943 as Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull
    Launched June 29 1943

  1. SS INCREASE A. LAPHAM (Maritime Commission)
    Acquired U.S. Navy October 5 1943

  2. USS ALKES AK-110
    Commissioned October 29 1943 - Decommissioned February 20 1946
    Delivered to Maritime Commission February 27 1946
    Original name restored (Date unknown) by Maritime Commission
    Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA

    Struck from Naval Register March 12 1946
    Sold October 26 1971 to Hierros Ardes S. A., Bilbao, Spain for scrap

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     (1945-46)



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 June 9 1945 - Disestablished January 25 1946


Locy Type
15743 Branch




Locy Type
SLPbs(n+) (47x3.5)


Note: Used after POD


Other Information

ALKES earned 3 Battle Stars (WWII)
* Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Mojuro Atolls January 31 to February 8 1944
* Marianas operation
Capture and occupation of Guam August 8-10 1944
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto May 28 to June 30 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - A star in the constellation Crateris



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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