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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.

    Antigua Class Stores Ship
    Built 1931-32 - Launched (date unknown)
    Completed 1932 and delivered to United Fruit Company for commercial operation
    Acquired by Maritime Commission December 26 1941
    Acquired by U.S. Navy December 28 1941

  1. ANTIGUA AF-17
    Designated AF-17, never commissioned
    Returned to owner May 1944

    Struck from Naval Register May 26 1944

  2. SS TORTUGA (Commercial Service)
    Sold December 1957 to a Swedish Shipping Line and renamed
    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 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 name and/or commissioning period. 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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Purser's Mark
United Fruit Company

New York NY Machine


Postcard use
"Puerto Cortes - Barrio de La Laguna" (Honduras)






Purser's Mark
United Fruit Company

Habana Cuba CDS / Machine




Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE...An island of the Leeward group of West Indies. Discovered by Columbus in 1493 and settled by English subjects from St. Christopher in 1632, Antigua is a self-governing state within the Commonwealth of Nations.



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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