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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.

    Asterion Class Cargo Ship
    Laid down January 17 1912, as Steel-hulled Steamer "SS EVELYN"
    Launched May 9 1912 - Delivered June 11 1912
    Assigned ID No. 2228 remaining in merchant service
    Acquired by U.S. Navy 1942 for conversion to a Q-ship

    Commissioned March 1942

    Redesignated September 25 1942
    Decommissioned January 12 1944

    Struck from Naval Register January 22 1944

    Commissioned in U.S. Coast Guard January 12 1944 - Decommissioned July 20 1944
    Sold March 1 1946 to the Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD 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. AK-63 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


The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

ASTERION earned one battle star for her World War II service
* USS Asterion A/S operation
March 22 1942 to January 31 1943

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - A star in the constellation Canum Ven



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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