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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.

    Orion Class Collier
    Keel Laid 6 October 1911 - Launched 23 March 1912

  1. USS ORION Collier No. 11
    Commissioned 29 July 1912 - Decommissioned 9 October 1914
    Recommissioned 28 December 1914

  2. USS ORION AC-11
    Designated (AC) 17 July 1920
    Decommissioned 18 June 1926

    Struck from Naval Register 10 July 1931
    Sold 30 August 1933 to Union Ship Building Co. Baltimore, MD
Orion Crest.jpg

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. USS Orion AC-11 Covers Page 1    (1922-1924)



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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type
3r (Short Bars)

" / CUBA"


GregCiesielski Orion AC11 19221223 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Orion AC11 19221223 1 Back.jpg

Picture postcard from Caimanera Cuba


Locy Type 9


GregCiesielski Orion AC11 19230502 1 Postmark.jpg


On Piece




GregCiesielski Orion AC11 19230408 1 Photo.jpg
GregCiesielski Orion AC11 19230408 1 Medal.jpg

ORION AC-11 at Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA., 8 April 1923, with her officers and crew posed beside her. Panoramic photograph taken by H.J. Darley, of Somerville, MA. entitled: "Officers & Crew of the U.S.S. Orion after the bestowal by the Portuguese Government of the Decoration 'Torre e Espada' -- Boston Navy Yard April 8th 1923". US Navy photo # NH 99780 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.


Other Information

USS ORION AC-11 earned the following awards for her Naval Service - Mexican Service Medal and the World War I Victory Medal.

NAMESAKE - Named for the equatorial constellation Dear Taurus; The Hunter.



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