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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.

    Arctic Class Stores Ship
    Built 1919 as "YAQUINA"
    Renamed October 29 1921
    Acquired by U.S. Navy December 6 1921
    Laid up in reserve at Philadelphia Navy Yard until 1940

    Commissioned In Ordinary August 6 1940
    Commissioned (Full) March 24 1941 - Decommissioned February 15 1946

    Struck from Naval Register March 28 1946
    Transferred to War Shipping Administration 1946 for disposal

    Sold November 28 1947 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 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     (1941-46)



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
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image

Post Office Established March 17 1941 - Disestablished January 28 1946


Locy Type
FDPS 3 Mar 17, 1941


JonBurdett boreas af8 19410317-1 pm.jpg
JonBurdett boreas af8 19410317-1.jpg

First Day Postal Service


Locy Type


JonBurdett boreas af8 19410317-3 pm.jpg
JonBurdett boreas af8 19410317-3.jpg

First Day Postal Service
Favor strike on stamp block applied to cover


Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)


GregCiesielski Boreas AF8 19410503 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Boreas AF8 19410503 2 Front.jpg

Late use of a 1893 Columbian envelope, signed by NMC


Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)


GregCiesielski Boreas AF8 19410513 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BDLBoreas AF8 19410513 1 Front.jpg

Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)


GregCiesielski Boreas AF8 19460123 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Boreas AF8 19460123 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Louis S. Pentel


Locy Type
3z (BBT)


JonBurdett boreas af8 19440703 pm.jpg
JonBurdett boreas af8 19440703.jpg

Censored wartime (WWII) use


Locy Type


JonBurdett boreas af8 19431023 pm.jpg
JonBurdett boreas af8 19431023.JPG

Mark from back of cover


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Boreas AF8 19411217 1r Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BDLBoreas AF8 19411217 1 Front.jpg

Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. B-42


JohnGermann Boreas AF8 19451027 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Boreas AF8 19451027 1 Front.jpg

Navy Day. Not the official 1945 "Victory Cancel"


Locy Type
LDC RECD Feb 15, 1946

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-R2


JonBurdett boreas af8 19460215 pm.jpg
JonBurdett boreas af8 19460215.JPG

Last Day in Commission


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

NAMESAKE - In Greek mythology, the north wind personified. Represented as an old man with white beard and hair, Boreas was the king and the strongest of all winds.



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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