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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.

    Arkansas Class Monitor
    Keel Laid January 23 1899 - Launched November 30 1901

  1. USS FLORIDA Battle Monitor 9
    Commissioned June 18 1903
    Operated as Training Ship during the summers
    Assigned to the Naval Academy 1906
    Decommissioned to reserve September 11 1906
    Recommissioned for training cruise June 7 1907
    Decommissioned to reserve August 30 1907
    Recommissioned for experiments with superfiring guns May 21 1908
    Decommissioned to reserve June 19 1908
    Renamed July 1 1908

    Recommissioned to Commissioned Reserve August 1 1910
    Operated as Gunnery Test Ship and Submarine Tender
    Decommissioned to reserve March 24 1919
    Assigned as Reserve Training Ship February 19 1920
    Designated BM-9 July 17 1920

    Recommissioned as Training Ship August 3 1920

    Redesignated Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX) July 1 1921
    Decommissioned March 24 1922

    Sold July 25 1922 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 Florida-USS Tallahassee Covers Page 1     (1903-1919)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Recommissioned August 1 1910 - Decommissioned March 24 1919

Post Office Established February 11 1911 - Post Office Disestablished November 30 1919

Recommissioned August 3 1920 - Decommissioned March 24 1922


Locy Type 3


Sailor mail, courtesy of the Jim Myerson collection.


USPO Flag Cancel

New London, CT


Photo Postcard U.S.S. FLORIDA


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for The State of Florida - Then the city of Tallahassee, Florida.



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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