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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.

    Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid 1936
    Launched 1936 as TUNIS
    Laid up at New York April 1940
    Taken over by Maritime Commission by Executive Order June 6 1941
    Chartered to Marine Operating Co, Inc., Panama flagged July 21 1941
    Acquired by U.S. Navy August 11 1941

    Commissioned October 24 1941 - Decommissioned October 9 1945

  2. BONANZA (Commercial Service)
    Charter by Alcoa Steam Ship Co. Portsmouth, VA. October 9 1945 and renamed

  3. TUNIS (Commercial Service)
    Returned to her owners June 25 1946 in accordance with Public Law 101, name restored

  4. MARIA T (Commercial Service)
    Sold 1966 and renamed

  5. MATHIOS (Commercial Service)
    Sold 1972 and renamed

    Scrapped 1978

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     (1943)



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


Locy Type


The ship had no postal facilities.


Locy Type


The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

NAMESAKE - A northern constellation in the Milky Way



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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