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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.

    Maine Class Battleship
    Keel Laid 22 April 1899 - Launched 18 May 1901

  1. USS OHIO Battleship No. 12
  2. Commissioned 4 October 1904 - Decommissioned 20 December 1909
    Recommissioned 1 June 1911 - Decommissioned 1914
    Recommissioned 24 April 1917

  3. USS OHIO BB-12
  4. Designated Battleship (BB) 17 July 1920 - Decommissioned 31 May 1922

    Struck from Naval Register 14 August 1922
    Sold 24 March 1923 and broken up 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 Ohio BB-12 Covers Page 1    (1905-1918)



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 4 October 1904 to 20 December 1909


Locy Type 1



2nd Commissioning 1 June 1911 to 1914


Locy Type
2 (C)




Locy Type
3b (BC-OOX)



3rd Commissioning 24 April 1917 to 31 May 1922


Locy Type
1z (C)


Censored WWI use


Locy Type
3r (AC)


Real-Photo postcard of the USS Ohio


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus, O-21

c 1910

Parcel Post Oval on piece


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for The State of Ohio.

There has been five ships of the US Navy that have borne the name OHIO - USS Ohio (1812 Schooner), USS Ohio (1820 Ship of the Line) USS Ohio BB-12, USS Ohio BB-68 (Canceled 1943) and USS Ohio SSGN-726.

The ships sponsor was Miss Helen Deshler.



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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