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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 Cargo Ship/Q-Ship
    Keel Laid 15 March 1912 as "CAROLYN" for the A. H. Bull Steamship Line
    Launched 3 July 1912 - Delivered 20 July 1912

  1. USS CAROLYN ID-1608 - Assigned ID number ID-1608 during World War I but was not taken over by the Navy

    Acquired by the Navy 12 February 1942
  2. USS ATIK AK-101 - Commissioned 5 March 1942
    Converted to a Q-ship. The false name given to her was "SS Vill Franca" with a Portuguese registry
    Sunk 28 March 1942 by German submarine U-123 at position 35° 38' N, 70° 14' W

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 Atik AK-101 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


Official Mail
USPS Machine Cancel

Portsmouth NH,
Navy Yard Branch

1942 3-23

No postal facilities aboard this vessel. Official Mail from ATIK. Back shows date (probably receipt date at New York) of 26 March 1942--the date ATIK was sunk.


Other Information

USS ATIK earned the European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one battle star during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A double star in the constellation Perseus.

The ships sponsor was Miss Carolyn Bull (for whom the ship was probably named), a granddaughter of the shipping line's owner, Archibald Hilton Bull (1847-1920).



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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