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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.

    Cape Johnson Class Transport
    Keel Laid (Date unknown) as Maritime Commission type (C1-B) hull
    Launched April 10 1942 as FRED MORRIS
    Delivered to Lykes Brothers Steamship Co., Inc. February 26 1943
    Converted for Naval service December 13 1943
    Renamed and classified Transport (AP) January 31 1944
    Acquired by U.S. Navy from War Shipping Administration April 17 1944

    Commissioned April 18 1944 - Decommissioned March 20 1946
    Returned to Lykes Brothers Steamship Co. March 20 1946

    Struck from Naval Register March 28 1946
    Transferred to Maritime Commission August 18 1946
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group

    Sold April 20 1964 to Boston Metals Co. Baltimore, MD 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     (1944-46)



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


Note: Type 2 bars used as killers


Other Information

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

NAMESAKE - A county in northeastern Virginia on the western bank of the Potomac River opposite Washington, D.C. The county takes its name from the estate confiscated from Robert E. Lee and his wife, Mary Custis Lee, during the Civil War and which is now the site of Arlington National Cemetery. The county also contains the Pentagon, seat of administration for the Department of Defense, and Fort Myer, home of the Army's ceremonial 3d Infantry



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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