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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 1904 for Hamburg-Amerika Line
    Launched 20 April 1905 as German Passenger Liner "AMERIKA"
    Seized by United States Shipping Board (USSB) 25 July 1917

  1. USS AMERIKA ID-3006
  2. Commissioned 6 August 1917

  3. USS AMERICA TT-3006
  4. Renamed 1 September 1917
    Decommissioned 26 September 1919

  6. Commissioned into U.S. Army Transportation Service 26 September 1919
    Returned to USSB 1920
    Refurbished for passenger service

  7. AMERICA (Commercial Service)
  8. Placed back in commercial service 22 June 1921
    Laid up at Point Patience, MD 1931

  10. Placed In Service October 1940 by U.S. Army Transportation Service
    Placed in reserve 28 January 1951 at Hawkin's Point, MD

    Sold 16 January 1967 to The Bethlehem Steel Co. of Baltimore, MD 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. USS America TT-3006 Covers Page 1     (1918-1919)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


USPO Machine
Flag Cancel

Stapleton N.Y.


Note: Postcard showing German Passenger Liner AMERIKA

Post Office Established 21 September 1917 - Disestablished 26 September 1919


Locy Type




Other Information

USS AMERICA TT-3006 earned the World War I Victory Medal w/ Transport clasp during her Naval career.


NAMESAKE - Edmund Brooke Alexander (1800-1888), who had been brevetted Major at Cerro Gordo (18 April 1847) and Lieutenant Colonel at Contreras and Churubusco (20 August 1847), in the war with Mexico. During the Civil War, he had served as provost marshal in St. Louis, Mo., performing his "delicate and important duties" in a way that merited "the favor of both friend and foe" alike.



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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