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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.

    Fleet Oiler
    Built 1893 at Stockton, England, by Craig, Taylor & Company

  1. LUCILINE (Commercial Service)
  2. Owned by Petroleum Shipping Company of London
    Official Number: 101986
    Purchased U.S. Navy August 12 1898

  3. USS ARETHUSA (Water Tanker and Supply Ship)
  4. Commissioned August 1898 - Decommissioned February 1 1899
    Recommissioned August 22 1900 - Decommissioned March 16 1906
    Recommissioned November 29 1907 - Decommissioned October 15 1909

  5. ARETHUSA (Fleet Oiler)
  6. Placed In Service October 15 1909

  7. USS ARETHUSA (Fleet Oiler)
  8. Recommissioned January 9 1918

  10. Designated (AO) July 17 1920
    Decommissioned June 28 1922
    Sold July 7 1927 to Mr. Marshall B. Hall of Boston and converted to a storage hulk in 1928

    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 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    (1938)



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






Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Mexican Service Medal
World War I Victory Medal (with Transport clasp)

NAMESAKE - A nymph of Elis, one of the Nereids, who—in Greek mythology—was the daughter of Oceanus and one of Diana's attendants. One evening on the island of Ortygia, near Syracuse, as Arethusa was heading home from the day's hunt, she chanced upon the Alpheus, a clear and beautiful brook. When she entered its cool waters seeking relief from heat and fatigue, she heard a voice rise from the stream which frightened her into leaping to land and fleeing in terror. The river god pursued her until, in desperation at her failing strength, she prayed to Diana for help. In response the kind goddess changed Arethusa into a fountain



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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