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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.

    Alstede Class Stores Ship
    Keel Laid December 5 1944
    Launched March 2 1945 as GOLDEN ROCKET
    Delivered to WSA July 16 1945
    Operated by United Fruit Co. under contract to WSA
    Returned to Maritime Commission
    Acquired by U.S. Navy 1946

    Commissioned July 27 1946 - Decommissioned September 1969
    Transferred to MARAD and laid up in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register June 1 1976
    Disposed of by MARAD

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     (1955-65)



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

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


Locy Type


Cachet by George V. Sadworth


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type




Locy Type






Photo and Ship's tab


Other Information

ZELIMA received the following awards during her Naval career - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (w/ 1 Battle star)- Armed Forces Service Medal (3-Korea, 10-Quemoy-Matsu, 6-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 5 Campaign stars) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

NAMESAKE - A minor planet in a solar system discovered in 1907 by the German astronomer August Kopff.



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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