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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.

    Indiana Class Battleship
    Keel Laid November 19 1891 - Launched October 26 1893

    Commissioned July 15 1896 - Decommissioned April 27 1906
    Recommissioned August 29 1911 - Decommissioned June 12 1919
    Recommissioned August 21 1919 - Decommissioned October 4 1919

    Stricken November 22 1920
    Demilitarized and Loaned as Museum to The State of Oregon January 4 1924

  2. OREGON IX-22
    Designated Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX) February 17 1941
    Struck November 2 1942 and sold for scrap
    The partially scrapped hull was reacquired 1943
    Used as Ammunition Storage Hulk at Guam

    Sold 1956 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 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 does not take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Oregon Battleship No. 3 Covers Page 1    (1899-1906)
  2. USS Oregon Photo Postcards Page 2    
  3. USS Oregon BB-3 Covers Page 3    (1934-2005)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

1st Commissioning July 15 1896 to April 27 1906


Locy Type
Straight Line Marking


Battleship No. 3. Cover is postmarked with a Duplex postmark from Bremerton Wash.

2nd Commissioning August 29 1911 to June 12 1919


Locy Type 3


No Image

Note: Cut Square. Sadly the killer bars and text have been cut off and discarded.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for The State of Oregon



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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