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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.

    Stratford Class Transport
    Completed 1919 as Lake-type Freighter
    Launched (Date unknown) as COPERAS
    Renamed AETNA 1937
    Renamed SAGINAW (Date unknown)
    Acquired by U.S. Navy September 27 1941
    Renamed and designated as Miscellaneous Auxiliary AG-38
    Reclassified Cargo Ship (AK) January 7 1942

    Commissioned August 4 1942

    Redesignated Transport (AP) and renamed August 15 1942
    Decommissioned April 8 1946

    Struck from Naval Register April 17 1946
    Laid up June 30 1946 in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay
    Purchased November 21 1947, by the Saganaw Deck & Terminal Co.

  3. RAMSDAL (Commercial Service)
    Resold to Oly Fenno S.S. Co. Ltd. December 2 1947 and renamed with Finnish registry

  4. TRANSDAL (Commercial Service)
    Resold 1965 to Tramppilaiva O/Y, Turku, Finland and renamed

    Broken up 1968

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     (1946)



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

Post Office Established April 20 1943 - Disestablished June 21 1945


Locy Type




Other Information

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

NAMESAKE - A constellation



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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