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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.

    Keel Laid 19 June 1874 as HURON
    Renamed during construction
    Launched 8 March 1875

  1. USS ALLIANCE (Screw Gunboat)
    Commissioned 18 January 1877

  2. USS ALLIANCE (Station and Store Ship)
    Dispatched to Culebra, Puerto Rico 1904 - Decommissioned 7 July 1911

    Struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 9 August 1911
    Hulk was "disposed of"


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 ALLIANCE Covers Page 1     (1877)



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

Post Office Established 29 April 1909 - Disestablished 30 June 1911



British Post
Office Duplex

(Beirut) Lebanon


Note: British stamp on cover. Ships marking is on the back and has been enhanced for viewing. Courtesy of the Jim Myerson Collection.


British Post
Office Duplex



Note: British stamp on cover.


Mute Postmarks



Type 9 Registered Postmark from San Juan, Puerto Rico on the front dates this cover. "On practice cruise at San Juan, Porto Rico from October 28 to Nov 11, 1899" Note and scan courtesy of the Darrell Kinzler collection.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named in Honor of the Revolutionary War Frigate of the same name



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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