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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.

    Auk Class Minesweeper
    Keel Laid January 12 1942 - Launched September 15 1942

  1. USS ZEAL AM-131
    Commissioned Minesweeper (AM) July 9 1943
    Decommissioned June 4 1946
    Recommissioned December 19 1951

  2. USS ZEAL MSF-131
    Reclassified Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull) (MSF) February 5 1955
    Decommissioned July 6 1956

    Struck from Naval Register December 1 1966
    Sunk as target January 9 1967

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. Covers Page 1     (1943-45)



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

Post office established July 15 1943 - Disestablished February 25 1946


Locy Type


JohnGermann Zeal AM131 19460219 1 Front.jpg

As AM-131. The ship had postal facilities at the time the cover was mailed, but this cancel is not identified with the ship, so the cover was posted either on another ship or ashore.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - An eagerness and ardent interest in pursuit of something



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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