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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.

    Mizar Class Stores Ship
    Built 1933 for The United Fruit Co. as "JAMAICA"
    Acquired U.S. Navy 24 March 1942 and converted for Naval service

  1. USS ARIEL AF-22
  2. Commissioned 14 May 1942 - Decommissioned 21 June 1946

    Struck from Naval Register July 3 1946
    Returned to United Fruit Co. 1946
    Resold (Date unknown) and renamed "PETEN"
    Resold (Date unknown) and renamed "BLUMENTHAL"
    Scrapped December 1969

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 Ariel AF-22 Covers Page 1     (1944-1946)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


United Fruit Company
Purser's Mark




Locy Type




Locy Type
3z (BTT)


Censored, WWII use


Locy Type


The cancel was applied to the back of the cover.


Locy Type


Courtesy of the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)


Last Day of Postal Service. From the Bob Govern collection.


Other Information

USS ARIEL earned the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - An airy and playful spirit who served Prospero, a wizard and the deposed Duke of Milan, who is the leading character in Shakespeare's play, The Tempest. As he carries out the sorcerer's commands, Ariel finds great fun in making sport of humans and in playing pranks upon Caliban, Prospero's deformed, sluggish, ill-humored, and treacherous slave



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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