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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.

    Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship
    Keel Laid 3 June 1943 as Tank Landing Ship "LST-231"
    Launched 19 October 1943

  2. Renamed and Reclassified Landing Craft Repair Ship (ARL) 3 November 1943
    Partial commission for transit 15 November 1943
    Decommissioned 14 December 1943
    Commissioned (Full) 8 February 1944 - Decommissioned 13 September 1946
    Recommissioned 1 June 1951 - Decommissioned 5 April 1956

    Struck from Naval Register 1 June 1972
    Sold 18 September 1973 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. USS Atlas ARL-7 Covers Page 1     (1944-1955)



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

1st Commissioning 8 February 1944 to 13 September 1946


Locy Type 2z


Official Business, via Air Mail. From the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type



2nd Commissioning 1 June 1951 to 5 April 1956


Locy Type
2r (B)




Locy Type




Other Information

USS ATLAS earned the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - In Greek mythology, Atlas was one of the primordial Titans.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Nettie Singer.

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name ATLAS - USS Atlas (1869), USS Atlas SP-2171 and USS Atlas ARL-7.



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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