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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.

    Basilan Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary
    Keel Laid October 29 1943 as ANTHONY F. LUCAS
    Acquired by U.S. Navy November 2 1943
    Renamed November 13 1943 and classified Cargo Ship (AK)
    Launched December 12 1943

  1. USS ZANIAH AK-120
    Placed in Ferry Commission December 22-28 1943

    Commissioned (Full) as Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG) September 2 1944
    Decommissioned April 29 1946

    Struck from Naval Register May 22 1947
    Laid up May 23 1947 in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group

    Sold July 10 1972 to Zidell Explorations Inc. Portland OR 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. Zaniah Covers Page 1     (1945)



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 zaniah ag70 19450129 pm.jpg
JonBurdett zaniah ag70 19450129.JPG

As AG-70
Censored wartime (WWII) use


Locy Type
16103 Branch


JohnGermann Zaniah AG70 19460109 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Zaniah AG70 19460109 1 Front.jpg



Other Information

ZANIAH received one battle star for her WWII services

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp)

NAMESAKE - A star of the fourth magnitude in the constellation Virgo



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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