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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.

    Cargo Ship
    Built 1902 by J. Blumer & Co., Sunderland, England

  1. BURBO BANK (Commercial Service)
  2. Owned and operated by the Fenwick Shipping Co., Ltd

  3. FRIEDA LEONHARDT (Commercial Service)
  4. Acquired in 1914 by Leonhardt & Blumberg of Hamburg, Germany and renamed
    Seized by United States Customs officials 1917
    Acquired U.S. Navy as ASTORIA May 22 1917

  5. USS ASTORIA SP-2005
  6. Commissioned November 15 1917

  8. Reclassified Cargo Ship (AK) July 17 1920
    Decommissioned April 20 1921

  9. ASTORIA (Commercial Service)
  10. Owner listed as "United States Government (Navy Dept.) in Lloyd's Register of Shipping" 1922 and 1923 editions
    Owner listed as "Richard T. Green Co." in Lloyd's Register of Shipping" 1924 edition
    [Note: [NavSource says it was "Sold 20 December 1921 to the Astoria Steamship Co., Inc. of Boston, MA"]
    Official Number: 222133
    Owner listed as "Astoria S.S. Co." in Lloyd's Register of Shipping" 1925 edition

  11. HARTWELSON (Commercial Service)
  12. Sold in 1929 to H. N. Hartwell and Sons of Boston and renamed

    Ran aground May 5 1943 at Bantam Rock, Sheepscot Bar Maine and foundered


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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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     (DATE RANGE)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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








Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the city and port of entry in northwestern Oregon located on the southern bank at the mouth of the Columbia River



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