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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 December 21 1943 as SS VAN LEAR BLACK, Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull
    Launched January 21 1944

    Delivered to Merchants and Miners Transportation Co. January 31 1944
    Acquired U.S. Navy August 7 1944

  2. Commissioned September 21 1944 - Decommissioned November 15 1945
    Returned to Maritime Commission November 22 1945
    Original name SS VAN LEAR BLACK restored (Date unknown)

    Struck from Naval Register November 28 1945

    Sold November 1946 to Fordom Trading Co, New York for Cia de Nav San Leonardo S.A., Panama RP and renamed SS SAN LEONARDO
    Sold 1951 to Sociedad Nav Interamericana S.A. and renamed SS WANDERER
    Sold 1955 to La Guayra Cia Nav S.A.
    Sold 1959 to Force Steamship Corp. and renamed SS VALIANT FORCE
    Sold 1963 to The Potomac Steamship Corp., New York and renamed SS WANDERER
    Renamed SS WANDERLUST in 1963 - same owners
    Sold 1964 to Macedonian Steamship Corp and renamed SS AGATHOPOLIS
    Sold June 30 1969 to Japanese breakers 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     (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 September 30 1944 - Disestablished November 10 1945


Locy Type




Locy Type




Other Information

ALLEGAN earned 1 Battle Star (WWII)
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, June 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

NAMESAKE - A county in Michigan



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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