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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.

    Artemis Class Attack Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid November 23 1943 as Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BE1) hull
    Launched May 20 1944

    Commissioned August 29 1944 - Decommissioned January 10 1947

    Struck from Naval Register February 25 1947
    Returned to Maritime Commission April 1 1948
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA

    Sold 1960s to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., New York City, N.Y 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     (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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type


Censored Sailor's mail


Locy Type




Other Information

USS Artemis earned the following awards during her Naval career - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ 2 Battle stars) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal.

NAMESAKE - An Olympian goddess known to the Romans as Diana. Artemis was the twin of Apollo and the patroness of wildlife.



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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