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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.

    Algol Class Fast Sealift Ship (Roll-on/Roll-off Vehicle Cargo Ship)
    Keel Laid as SS SEA-LAND MARKET (date unknown)
    Launched 1 May 1973
    Delivered to Sea-Land Steamship Co. 1 September 1973
    Acquired by the US Navy in 1981
    Assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC)

    Placed in service as Cargo Ship, date unknown

    Redesignated Roll-on/Roll-off Vehicle Cargo Ship (T-AKR), September 1982

    Returned to MARAD custody, 1 October 2007 and laid up in Philadelphia in 5-day RRF status

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 Pollux AKR-290 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Auxiliary Postmark

Marrero, LA


JohnGermann Pollux TAKR290 19921002 1 Front.jpg

The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS POLLUX has earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) during her Naval career.



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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