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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.

    Pontiac Class Stores Ship
    Built 1937 as AUSTRALIAN REEFER
    Operated by J. Lauretzen, Esbjerg, Denmark
    Taken over by U.S. Maritime Commission 1941
    Renamed and operated by United States Lines
    Acquired by U.S. Navy May 11 1942

    Commissioned May 12 1942
    SUNK (heavy seas) January 30 1945 off MacNab Island
    Raised February 17 1945
    Decommissioned May 20 1945
    Returned June 2 1945 to Maritime Commission for disposal

    Struck from the Naval Register June 2 1945
    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 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 Pontiac AF-20 Covers Page 1     (1943-1944)



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


JonBurdett pontiac af20 19441014 pm2.jpg
JonBurdett pontiac af20 19441014.jpg



Locy Type
3z (BTB)



GregCiesielski Pontiac AF20 19430407 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pontiac AF20 19430407 1 Front.jpg

Official Business. From the Tom Kean collection.


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - An Ottawa Indian chief, Pontiac headed a general Indian uprising in 1763 known as Pontiac’s War, remembered for the attack on the British at Detroit. He made peace in 1766 and remained friendly to the colonists until his death in 1769



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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