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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.

    Asterion Class Stores Ship
    Keel Laid 10 June 1944 as SS Arcadia Victory
    Launched 27 July 1944
    Delivered to WSA for operation with American President Lines 3 September 1944
    Rechartered/released under various contracts to American President Lines from 2 May 1946 to 19 May 1950
    Returned to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet 19 May 1950
    Rechartered to American President Lines 13 July 1950
    Returned to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet 9 July 1952
    MSTS charter to Pope & Talbot Inc. 31 May 1955
    Returned to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet 28 October 1955
    Chartered by Pacific Far East Lines 16 April 1956
    Returned to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet 24 October 1957
    Transferred to the US Navy 7 November 1961
    Renamed ASTERION and classified as Store Ship (AF) 4 December 1961

    Placed in Service by MSTS September 1962
    Placed out of Service 8 June 1973

    Returned to MARAD for disposal 31 August 1973
    Sold for scrapping 31 August 1973

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. USNS Asterion T-AF-63 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 Postmark

Anchorage, AK




Other Information

USNS ASTERION earned the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 Campaign star during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A star in the constellation Canum Ven.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name ASTERION - USS Asterion AK-100 and USNS Asterion T-AF-63.



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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