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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.

    Virginia Class Battleship
    Keel Laid 2 April 1902 - Launched 4 November 1904

  2. Commissioned 12 May 1906 - Decommissioned 6 August 1920

    Struck from Naval Register 12 July 1922
    Transferred to War Department 6 August 1923
    Sunk as Target by Army Air Corps off Diamond Shoals, North Carolina, 5 September 1923

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 New Jersey BB-16 Covers Page 1    (1909-1919)



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

Post Office Established 29 July 1908 - Disestablished 30 June 1916


Locy Type 1


Picture postcard of Jefferson Davis Prison, Fort Monroe, VA


Locy Type 1

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. N-29



"On Piece"


Locy Type
3 (AC)




Locy Type


Mark from back of cover


Pictorial Postmark

"USS New
Jersey Station"

Norfolk, VA


100th Anniversary of the Great White Fleet, Port Visit to Punta Arenas Chile. Cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

USS NEW JERSEY earned the Mexican Service Award Medal and the World War I Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the State of New Jersey.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. William B. Kenney, daughter of Governor Franklin B. Murphy of New Jersey.

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name NEW JERSEY - USS New Jersey BB-16, USS New Jersey BB-62 and USS New Jersey SSN-796



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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