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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.

    Alstede Class Stores Ship
    Keel Laid March 18 1942 as Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull
    Launched June 4 1942 as GREAT REPUBLIC
    Delivered to United Fruit Co. June 29 1943
    Acquired by Pacific Far East Lines, Inc. September 24 1946
    Laid up May 6 1950 in National Defense Reserve Fleet Benecia, CA
    Acquired by U.S. Navy September 13 1950

    Commissioned September 13 1950 - Decommissioned December 13 1969
    Laid up August 11 1970 in National Defense Reserve Fleet

    Struck from Naval Register June 1 1976
    Sold September 29 1986 to Shiong Yek Steel Corp. Republic of China for scrap

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     (1953-58)



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


Locy Type




Locy Type




Locy Type




Other Information

PICTOR received one battle star for Korean War service and eight campaign stars for Vietnam War service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (1) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (six- 1-Taiwan Straits, 1-Quemoy-Matsu, 1-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (8) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

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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