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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.

    Baltimore Class Protected Cruiser
    Launched October 6 1888

  1. USS BALTIMORE Cruiser No. 3
  2. Commissioned January 7 1890 - Decommissioned February 17 1896
    Recommissioned October 12 1897 - Decommissioned September 27 1900
    Recommissioned May 6 1903 - Decommissioned May 15 1907

  3. USS BALTIMORE (Receiving Ship)
  4. Placed in commission in reserve and served as a receiving ship at Charleston Navy Yard (30 January 1911 – 20 September 1912)
    See US Receiving Ship - Charleston SC for more information
    Commissioned January 20 1911 - Decommissioned September 20 1912

  5. USS BALTIMORE Minesweeper No. 1
  6. Converted to Minesweeper 1913-14 - Recommissioned March 8 1915

  8. Designated (CM) July 17 1920 - Decommissioned September 15 1922

    Struck from Naval Register October 14 1937
    Sold February 15 1942 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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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. USS Baltimore Cruiser No. 3 Covers Page 1    (1900-17)
  2. USS Baltimore Minesweeper No. 1 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

1st Commissioning January 7 1890 to February 17 1896


Agencia Postal
Nacional PANAMA duplex



Cruiser No. 3. Flagship Squadron for Special Service, Bay of Panama U.S.C. From the Gary B. Weiss collection.

2nd Commissioning October 12 1897 to September 27 1900


USPO Type 9

"Philippine Islands Station"

San Francisco



Cruiser No. 3. Manuscript ships name, lower left.


USPO Duplex
No. 1 Cancel

"Mil. Sta.
No. 1 Manila"



Cruiser No. 3. Boxed "Sailors' Letter" marking in blue. U.S.F.S. Baltimore - United States Flag Ship (?)


USPO Duplex
No. 1 Cancel

"Mil. Sta.
No. 1 Manila"



Cruiser No. 3. Boxed "Sailors' Letter" marking in red.

3rd Commissioning May 6 1903 to May 15 1907


Manila Duplex


Fitzroy Gardens envelope w/ portion of enclosed letter.



Date 1906


USS BALTIMORE Cruiser No. 3 picture postcard

4th Commissioning March 8 1915 to September 15 1922


Locy Type
1 (C+)


Cruiser No. 3


Locy Type
3 (BC)


Cruiser No. 3


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the largest city in Maryland and one of the major seaports of the United States.

Her decommissioned hulk was present in Pearl Harbor December 7 1941

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Theodore D. Wilson, wife of Chief Constructor Theodore D. Wilson.

Six ships of the US Navy have borne the name BALTIMORE - USS Baltimore (1777 12-gun Brigantine), USS Baltimore (1798 20-gun Ship), USS Baltimore (1861 Side-Wheel Steamer),
USS Baltimore C-3, USS Baltimore CA-68 and USS Baltimore SSN-704.



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