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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.

    Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship
    Keel Laid November 17 1944
    Launched December 20 1944 as Tank Landing Ship (LST)

  1. USS LST-971
    Placed in Ferry Commission January 15-29 1945

    Commissioned (Full) May 29 1945 - Decommissioned June 5 1947
    Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group
    Recommissioned December 14 1950 - Decommissioned September 5 1955
    Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group

    Struck from Naval Register June 1 1960

  3. MARYLAND CLIPPER (Commercial Service)
    Sold October 28 1960 to Norfolk, Baltimore and Caroline Line and renamed
    Sold 1978 to Thor Corporation of Venezuela

    Fate unknown

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. USS Menelaus ARL-13 Covers Page 1     (1951)



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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning May 29 1945 to June 5 1947


Locy Type 2#
15914 Branch


JohnGermann Menelaus ARL13 19450715 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Menelaus ARL13 19450715 1 Front.jpg


2nd Commissioning December 14 1950 to September 5 1955


Locy Type


JonBurdett menelaus arl13 19510207 pm.jpg
JonBurdett menelaus arl13 19510207.jpg

First Day Postal Service


Locy Type


JonBurdett menelaus arl13 19510209 pm.jpg
JonBurdett menelaus arl13 19510209.JPG



Locy Type


JonBurdett menelaus arl13 19510209 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett menelaus arl13 19510209.JPG



Other Information

USS MENELAUS earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the National Defense Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A son of Atreus, king of Sparta, husband of Helen and younger brother to Agamemnon.



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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