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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.

    Andromeda Class Attack Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid 28 April 1943
    Reclassified Attack Cargo Ship (AKA) 1 February 1943
    Launched 23 July 1943
    Acquired by U.S. Navy 20 August 1943

  2. Commissioned 21 August 1943 - Decommissioned 23 May 1946
    Returned to War Shipping Administration 12 September 1946
    Struck from Naval Register 13 November 1946

  3. PIONEER LAKE (Commercial Service)
  4. Sold 1947 by Maritime Commission to US Lines & renamed

  5. AMERICAN TRAPPER (Commercial Service)
  6. Renamed 1956
    Returned to Maritime Administration 1962

    Sold 1967 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 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    (1943-44)



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 1 January 1944 - Disestablished 19 November 1945


Locy Type




Other Information

AQUARIUS earned eight battle stars for her World War II service
* Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, Roi and Namur Islands, January 31 to February 8 1944
* Bismarck Archipelago operation
Admiralty Island landings, April 11-12 1944
* Marianas operation
Capture and occupation of Saipan, June 15-25 1944
Capture and occupation of Guam, July 21-26 1944
* Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, Peleliu, September 6 to October 14 1944
* Leyte operation
Leyte landings, San Pedro Bay, October 13-27 and November 5-20 1944
* Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landings, January 4-10 1945
* Manila Bay-Bicol operation
Zambales-Subic Bay, January 29-31 1945
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, April 1-19 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (8), the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), and the Philippines Liberation Medal (2 awards) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A constellation and the eleventh sign of the zodiac.



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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