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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.

    Built 1902 as Passenger Steamship KAISER WILHELM II
    Operated by the North German Lloyd Line
    Acquired by U.S. Navy August 21 1917

    Commissioned August 21 1917

    Renamed September 1 1917
    Decommissioned and struck from Naval Register August 27 1919
    Transferred to War Department

    Commissioned 1927 - Decommissioned (Date unknown)
    Placed in reserve (Date unknown)

    Sold 1940 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 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. SS KAISER WILHELM II Covers Page 1     (1903-09)
  2. USS AGAMEMNON Covers Page 1     (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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

Post Office Established September 16 1917 - Disestablished June 26 1919


Post Office
Soldiers Mail

Hoboken, NJ

1919-05-24 (message date)



Other Information


NAMESAKE - Son of Atreus and brother of Menelaus, Agamemnon was the leader of the Greek forces arrayed against troy in the Trojan War, described in Homer's epic poem, The Iliad. Some scholars believe that he was "a historical figure," a ruler of the Mycenaean or Achaean states of the Greek mainland



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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