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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.

    Aristaeus Class Battle Damage Repair Ship
    Keel Laid November 12 1942 as Tank Landing Ship LST-329
    Redesignated Battle Damage Repair Ship (ARB) January 26 1943
    Launched February 11 1943

    Commissioned May 18 1943 - Decommissioned January 10 1947
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group

    Struck from the Naval Register July 1 1961
    Sold March 14 1962 for scrap

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     (1943-44)



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


Censored wartime (WWII) use


Locy Type

(Never Used)

c 1943


"Proof Strike on Plain Paper"


Other Information

ARISTAEUS earned one battle star for her World War II service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

NAMESAKE - In Greek and Roman mythology, the son of Apollo and the nymph Cyrene. Aristaeus is believed to have been born in Libya. He later traveled to Thebes, where he received instruction from the Muses in the arts of healing and prophecy. Aristaeus is credited with introducing the cultivation of bees. He is also regarded as the protector of herdsmen and hunters.



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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