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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.

    Denebola Class Stores Ship
    Keel Laid (Date unknown) as Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP3) hull
    Launched June 10 1944 as HIBBING VICTORY
    Leased to Pacific Atlantic SS Co. Inc. June 30 1944
    Chartered by Seas Shipping Co. Inc. July 3 1946
    Chartered by Black Diamond SS Corp. February 20 1948
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C., August 4 1948
    Chartered by American Foreign SS Co. August 23 1950
    Acquired by U.S. Navy May 1 1952

    Commissioned January 20 1954 - Decommissioned April 30 1976

    Struck from Naval Register April 30 1976
    Sold December 1 1976 to Luria Brothers & Co. Inc 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     (1954-74)



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


Locy Type


JonBurdett denebola af56 19540812 pm.jpg
JonBurdett denebola af56 19540812.JPG



Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


GregCiesielski Denebola AF56 19631012 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Denebola AF56 19631012 1 Front.jpg



Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


GregCiesielski Texas CGN39 19750809 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Texas CGN39 19750809 2 Front.jpg

Launching of USS Texas CGN-39
Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (USS)


JonBurdett denebola af56 19670120r pm9.jpg
JonBurdett denebola af56 19670120.JPG



Locy Type


JonBurdett denebola af56 19540209 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett denebola af56 19540209.jpg



Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2)

NAMESAKE - A first magnitude star in the northern constellation Leo



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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