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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.

    Aegir Class Submarine Tender
    Keel Laid 6 May 1943 - Launched 15 October 1943
    Acquired by US Navy 17 December 1943

  1. USS ANTHEDON (Ferry Commission)
    Placed in Ferry Commission 17-30 December 1943
    Converted to Submarine Tender (AS)

    Commissioned (Full) 15 September 1944 - Decommissioned 21 September 1946

    Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet
    Struck from Naval Register circa 1968-69

  3. TGC DONATHAN A-583 (Turkish Naval Service)
    Sold to Turkey 7 February 1969 and renamed

    Stricken by Turkey 1985
    Scrapped (Date 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 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. USS Anthedon AS-24 Covers Page 1     (1944-1946)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

Post Office Established 12 August 1944 - Disestablished 30 July 1946


Locy Type 2z




Locy Type


Mark from back of cover


Locy Type


From the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-33


Deactivation. Add-on cachet by Wolfgang Hechler.


Other Information

USS ANTHEDON earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Philippine Liberation Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A Greek nymph who was honored in the name of a city in Boeotia on the shore of the Euripos Strait



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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