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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.

    Liberty Ship
    Keel Laid November 15 1942 - Launched December 27 1942

  1. JUAN De FUCA (U.S. Liberty Ship)
  2. Delivered to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) January 11 1943

  3. USS ARANER IX-226
  4. Taken over by the US Navy, renamed and placed in service September 23 1945
    Placed out of service August 22 1946
    Returned to the WSA October 1946, name reverted to SS JUAN De FUCA

    Sold for scrapping March 3 1948 - Struck from the Navy list October 29 1948


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     (1945)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type 7z



SS JUAN De FUCA. Censored. Senders address, APO 72, was at Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines Islands


Other Information

She received the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal for her service during World War II

NAMESAKE - One who hails from the Aran Islands, which are located off the western coast of Ireland, just outside the entrance to Galway Bay.

There has been two ships of the US Navy named ARANER - USS Araner IX 57 and USS Araner IX 226.



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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