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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.

    Built in 1911 by Bremer Vulkan Ship Building Co., Vegesack, Breman, Germany

  1. WIEGAND (Commercial Service)
  2. Owned and operated by Roland Linie Aktiengesellschaft of Bremen

  3. ARTIGAS (Commercial Service)
  4. Seized by Uruguayan authorities at Montevideo 14 September 1917 and renamed
    Bareboat chartered to United States Shipping Board (USSB), 24 May 1918

  5. USS ARTIGAS (Cargo Ship)
  6. Acquired by the US Navy and commissioned 18 June 1918 at Montevideo, Uruguay
    Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS)
    Decommissioned 4 January 1919 at New York and returned to the USSB

  7. ARTIGAS (Commercial Service)
  8. Owned by the Uruguayan government and operated by the USSB until 1927
    Acquired in 1927 by the Tramp Shipping Development Co., Ltd. of London England

  9. ELIAS G. CULUCUNDIS (Commercial Service)
  10. Resold in 1927 to Elias G. Culucundis and Stephen C. Costomeni, Syra, Greece and renamed

  11. TENTERDEN (Commercial Service)
  12. Resold in 1929 to Furness Withy and Co., Ltd., London and renamed

  13. ELIAS G. CULUCUNDIS (Commercial Service)
  14. Resold in 1930 to Atlanticos Steam Ship Co. and Giorgilis Brothers of Piraeus, Greece and renamed

  15. ARGENTINA (Commercial Service)
  16. Renamed in 1932
    Sold to A. Roussos, Syra, Greece, 1933

  17. VALSOLE (Commercial Service)
  18. Sold in 1935 to Lloyd Mediterraneo - La Meridionale di Nav., Genoa, Italy and renamed

  19. TINA PRIMO (Commercial Service)
  20. Sold in 1936 to SA Giuseppe Bozzo Armamenti e Trasporti Marittima, Genoa and renamed

    Struck a mine and was damaged in the North Sea off the east coast of Kent, United Kingdom.
    Struck two more mines while under tow and sank 18 March 1940.


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 Artigas Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



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


Machine Cancel

Washington DC



Passed By Censor (Aug 28 1918). This cover was mailed in Buenos Aries, Argentina (per letter enclosed, not shown) where she was undergoing repairs. From the Darrell Kinzler collection.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Jose Gervasio Artigas (sometimes seen as Fernando Jose Artigas), regarded as the father of modern Uruguay, was born in Montevideo about 19 June 1764, a scion of one of the leading families in that area of South America. Between 1811 and 1815, he led Uruguay's early efforts to attain independence from Spanish and Portuguese rule and eventually became that nation's first native-born governor. However, his authority was later undermined by intrigues fomented in nearby Buenos Aires and within his own followers, and he was forced to seek exile in nearby Paraguay in 1820. He took no part in the ultimate achievement of independence for his native country (1828) and refused to become, in his twilight years, a figurehead in the civil wars that ensued. Artigas died in exile, at Asuncion, Paraguay, on 23 September 1850, in comparative obscurity.



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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