SATURN AF 40

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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.

    Saturn Class Stores Ship
    Built 1939 as the Hamburg-American freighter ARAUCA
    Interned by U.S. Government at Port Everglades, FL 1939
    Acquired by U.S. Navy April 20 1942

  1. USS SATURN AK-49
    Commissioned Cargo Ship (AK) April 20 1942

  2. USS SATURN AF-40
    Redesignated Stores Ship (AF) April 10 1944
    Decommissioned July 23 1946
    Delivered to Maritime Commission July 25 1946

    Struck from Naval Register August 15 1946
    Sold September 12 1972 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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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. Saturn Covers Page 1    (1942-46)

 

Postmarks

This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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
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Killer Bar Text

Date From
to
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


 

Locy Type
3z (BBT)

1942-06-03
to
1942-06-03

JonBurdett saturn ak49 19420603 pm.jpg
JonBurdett saturn ak49 19420603.JPG

As AK-49
Censored wartime (WWII) use


 

Locy Type
9efu

1945-07-18
to
1945-07-18

JonBurdett saturn af40 19450718 pm.jpg
JonBurdett saturn af40 19450718.jpeg

As AF-40
Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type
LDPS 3

1946-07-16
to
1946-07-16

GregCiesielski Saturn AF40 19460716 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Saturn AF40 19460716 1 Front.jpg

As AF-40
Last Day of Postal Service

 

Other Information

SATURN received the following awards during her Naval career: American Campaign Medal - Europe, Africa, Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal.

NAMESAKE - The Roman god of seed sowing and the harvest.

 


 

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