From NavalCoverMuseum
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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 April 15 1942
    Launched July 1 1942 as FLYING SCUD
    Operated by United Fruit Co. August 18 1943 - September 4 1946
    Operated by Pacific Far East Lines September 5 1946 - October 19 1948
    Operated by General Steamship Corp. October 18-25 1948
    Returned to Maritime Commission October 26 1948
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group
    Rechartered to Pacific Far East Line December 10 1948
    Laid up February 24 1956 in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay
    Acquired by U.S. Navy August 8 1961

    Commissioned November 24 1961 - Decommissioned December 8 1975

    Struck from Naval Register June 1 1976
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet

    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 Procyon AF-61 Covers Page 1     (1966)



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


Locy Type


Add-on cachet by Richard Hoffner


Locy Type


Add-on cachet by Richard Hoffner


Other Information

USS PROCYON earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ ten Campaign stars and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - The brightest star in the constellation of Canis Minor.

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name PROCYON - USS Procyon AG-11, USS Procyon AK-19 and USS Procyon AF-61.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Carl W. Flesher.



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.


Copyright 2024 Naval Cover Museum