HOUSTON AK 1
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.
- Houston Class Cargo Ship
- USS HOUSTON NOTS-2614 Commissioned 3 July 1917
- USS HOUSTON AK-1 Designated Cargo Ship (AK) 17 July 1920
Keel Laid 1903 as "SS LIEBENFELS"
Launched 11 April 1903
Laid up August 1914 at the outbreak of WWI at Charleston, S.C. by the U.S. Government
Scuttled and abandoned by her crew 1 February 1917
Raised 20 March 1917 and entered Charleston Navy Yard for conversion to Naval service
Decommissioned 23 March 1922
Struck from Naval Register (Date unknown)
Sold 27 September 1922 and renamed "SS NORTH KING" (Commercial Service)
Sold to Campania Diana de Vapores S.A., Panama (Date unknown)
Chartered by War Shipping Administration 30 December 1941
Transferred to United States Lines Co. for operation 30 December 1941
Returned to Campania Diana de Vapores S.A. 26 February 1946
Sold 1958 for scrap
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).
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- USS Houston AK-1 Covers Page 1 (DATE RANGE)
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.
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Censored, Official Mail. From the Bill Wladyka collection.
USS Houston earned the World War I Victory Medal w/ Transport clasp and the Yangtze Service Medal during her Naval career.
NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Houston, Texas. Four ships of the US Navy have borne the name HOUSTON - USS Houston AK-1, USS Houston CA-30, USS Houston CL-81 and USS Houston SSN-713.
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