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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.

    Clemson Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid September 23 1918 - Launched May 24 1919

  1. USS MEADE Destroyer No. 274
    Commissioned September 8 1919

  2. USS MEADE DD-274
    Designated (DD) July 17 1920
    Decommissioned May 25 1922
    Recommissioned December 18 1939 - Decommissioned November 26 1940
    Struck from Naval Register January 8 1941

  3. HMS RAMSEY G-60 (British Naval Service)
    Transferred to Great Britain November 26 1940 (Famous Fifty)
    Broken up for scrap 1947


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. Covers Page 1    (1940)



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

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

2nd Commissioning December 18 1939 to November 26 1940


Locy Type



First Day of Postal Service, 2nd Commissioning
Cachet artist - George Neumann, Sponsor - Frederick Horton


Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)





Locy Type




Locy Type




Locy Type



Last Day Postal Service


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Brothers -
Rear Admiral Richard Worsam Meade III, USN (October 9 1837 – May 4 1897)
Brigadier General Robert Leamy Meade, USMC (December 25, 1842 – February 11 1910), veteran of the American Civil War, Spanish-American War, & Boxer Rebellion
Two sons of Captain Richard Worsam Meade II, USN (and nephews to Captain Meade's brother, General George Gordon Meade, the victor of Gettysburg.)

Two ships of the US Navy have been named in their honor; USS Meade DD-274 and USS Meade DD-602.



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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