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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.

    Pegasus Class Cargo Ship
    Built 1939 as RITA MAERSK
    Name changed (Date unknown) to LARWIN
    Acquired by U.S. Navy from Maritime Commission September 18 1941
    Renamed October 15 1941

    Commissioned December 3 1941

    Redesignated Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX) May 15 1945
    Decommissioned April 19 1946
    Returned to Maritime Commission April 19 1946

    Struck from Naval Register May 1 1946
    Returned to owners 1946

  3. RITA MAERSK (Danish Registry)
    Original name restored and placed in service 1946

  4. KENNETH (Finnish Registry)
    Sold 1950 to a Finnish Co. and renamed

  5. FALIRON (Greek Registry)
    Sold 1966 to a Greek Co. and renamed

    Probably scrapped or abandoned c1969
    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 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. Pegasus Covers Page 1    (1943-46)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type
(3z with


GregCiesielski Pegasus AK48 19420528 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pegasus AK48 19420528 1 Front.jpg

As AK-48
First Day of Postal Service
Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
3z (BTB)


JonBurdett pegasus ix222 19460325 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pegasus ix222 19460325.jpeg

As IX-222


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Defense Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal

NAMESAKE - A constellation in the skies of the Northern Hemisphere named for the winged horse which, according to Greek mythology, was borne from the body of Medusa at her death



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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