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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.

    Cargo Ship
    Built 1939 as MANGALIA
    Operated by the Romanian State Maritime Service
    Taken over June 25 1941 while lying idle at New York
    Acquired by U.S. Navy August 11 1941

    Commissioned October 25 1941 - Decommissioned November 21 1945

    Struck from Naval Register (Date unknown)
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet
    Renamed SCEPTRE, While in reserve

    Sold 1966 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     (1943)



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


Locy Type
3z (BTT)


JonBurdett pleiades ak46 19430903 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pleiades ak46 19430903.jpg



Other Information

PLEIADES earned two battle stars for World War II service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (Convoy SC-107, November 1-4 1943) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal (1) - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - The daughters of Atlas who were placed among the stars by Zeus; giving a name to a large group of stars in the constellation Taurus. The first ship of this name retained her merchant name



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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