ARCTURUS AF 52

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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.

    Alstede Class Stores Ship
    Keel Laid December 8 1941 as Maritime Commission type (R2-S-BV1) hull
    Launched June 12 1943 as GOLDEN EAGLE
    Delivered to War Shipping Administration (WSA) April 23 1943
    Operated under contract by United Fruit Co. 1944-46
    Operated under contract by Sword Line and United States Line 1947-48
    Acquired by U.S. Army Transportation Corps 1948

  1. USAT GOLDEN EAGLE
    Commissioned 1948 - Decommissioned 1950
    Acquired by U.S. Navy March 1 1950
    Assigned to Military Sea Transportation Service

  2. USNS GOLDEN EAGLE T-AF-52
    Placed In Service March 1 1950 - Out of Service (Date unknown)
    Renamed October 13 1961

  3. USS ARCTURUS AF-52
    Commissioned November 18 1961 - Decommissioned May 16 1973

    Struck from Naval Register December 9 1985
    Sunk as target July 24 1997
ARCTURUS AF PATCH.jpg

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 Arcturus AF-52 Covers Page 1     (1966-72)

 

Postmarks

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
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link
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Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
To
Cover Image


 

USPO Slogan
Machine Postmark

Bayonne, NJ
"PRAY /
FOR
PEACE"

1958-01-27

JohnGermann Golden Eagle TAF52 19580127 1 Front.jpg

As USNS Golden Eagle. The ship had no postal facilities.



Post Office Established November 18 1961 - Disestablished October 31 1972


 

Locy Type
FDC F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-36

1961-11-18

GregCiesielski Arcturas AF52 19611118 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Arcturas AF52 19611118 1 Front.jpg

First Day in Commission, ship's stationary.


 

Locy Type
2(n) (USS)

1970-08-04

GregCiesielski Arcturas AF52 19700804 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Arcturas AF52 19700804 1 Front.jpg

Welcoming TCG ISKENDERUN (ex USS Boyd DD-544) to Norfolk, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


 

Locy Type
2(n) (USS)

1970-10-02

GregCiesielski Arcturas AF52 19701002 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Arcturas AF52 19701002 1 Front.jpg

Welcoming USS Salish ATA-187 to Norfolk, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


 

Locy Type
9ef(nu)

1967-06-30

JonBurdett arcturas af52 19670630 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett arcturas af52 19670630.jpg

Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type PPB

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-36a

1966-10-28

JonBurdett arcturus af52 19661028 pm2.jpg
JonBurdett arcturus af52 19661028.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
LDC 2(n) Oct 31, 1972

1972-10-31

JonBurdett arcturus af52 19721031r pm.jpg
JonBurdett arcturus af52 19721031.JPG

Last Day Postal Service
(Listed as LDC in USCS Catalog)


 

Locy Type
LDPS 9ef(nu)

1972-10-31

JonBurdett arcturus af52 19721031r pm9.jpg
JonBurdett arcturus af52 19721031.JPG

Last Day Postal Service

 

Other Information

USS ARCTURUS received the National Defense Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - The principal star of the northern constellation Bootes with a magnitude of .2 and located 36 light years distant from the Earth.

 


 

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