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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.

    Aristaeus Class Battle Damage Repair Ship
    Keel Laid June 17 1943 as LST-132
    Launched October 26 1943
    Redesignated December 23 1943

    Commissioned April 11 1944 - Decommissioned August 30 1946
    Laid up in Reserve Fleet, Sand Diego, CA

    Struck from Naval Register June 1 1973

  2. CAPE ST. ELIAS (Commercial Service)
    Sold August 1 1974 to Snopac Enterprises and renamed
    Operated as salmon processor and freight ship

    Sold 1988 to Icicle Sea Foods and renamed

    Sold December 2007 to SNOPAC Products Inc. and renamed
    Serves as Transport and Berthing Vessel for processing crews in Alaska

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     (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

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


Locy Type


JonBurdett zues arb4 19450604 pm.jpg
JonBurdett zues arb4 19450604.jpg

Censored wartime (WWII) use


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - The king of the Greek gods



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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