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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.

    Auriga Class Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid June 9 1942 as ALCOA PARTNER, a Maritime Commission type (C1-B) hull
    Launched September 7 1942
    Acquired U.S. Navy March 16 1943 and converted for Naval service

  2. Commissioned April 1 1943 - Decommissioned January 22 1946

    Struck from Naval Register February 7 1946

    Sold for commercial service 1946 and name restored to ALCOA PARTNER
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet 1963

    Scrapped 1970


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. Covers Page 1     (1943,1945)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type 2z*


Censored sailor's mail


Locy Type 2z*


Censored wartime (WWII) use


Other Information

USS Auriga earned the following awards during her Naval career - Combat Action Ribbon - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ 5 Battle Stars) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal (2 awards)

NAMESAKE - A constellation located between sister constellations Perseus and Gemini



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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