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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.

    Wickes (Lamberton) Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 5 April 1918 - Launched 4 July 1918

  1. USS ABBOT DD-184
  2. Commissioned 19 July 1919 - Decommissioned 5 July 1922
    Recommissioned 17 June 1940 - Decommissioned 23 September 1940

  3. HMS CHARLESTOWN I-21 (British Naval Service)
    Transferred 23 September 1940 to Great Britain (Famous Fifty) and renamed
    Paid off (Decommissioned) 15 January 1945

    Struck from US Naval Register 8 January 1941
    Sold up for scrap 4 March 1947

Commodore Joel Abbot, USN

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 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 Abbot DD-184 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 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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

Post Office Established 5 August 1940 - Disestablished 10 September 1940


Locy Type



First Day of Postal Service, cachet by Al Cohen


Locy Type

R. I."


First Day Postal Service. "NEWPORT R. I." killer unlisted in USCS Postmark Catalog.


Locy Type


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type
3 (A-BTT)





Other Information

NAMESAKE - Commodore Joel Abbot, USN (18 January 1793 - 14 December 1855)
Abbot was appointed a midshipman on June 18 1812 and served with distinction during the War of 1812. In 1852, he was chosen by Commodore Matthew C. Perry to command the frigate USS MACEDONIAN, one of the ships in Perry's expedition to Japan. During this journey, Abbot visited the Japanese, Bonin, and Philippine Islands, as well as Formosa. Upon Perry's return to the United States, Abbot assumed command of the squadron. Commodore Abbot died of malaria on 14 December 1855 at Hong Kong.

The ships sponsor was Miss Louise Abbot Cooke, great-granddaughter of Commodore Abbot.



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