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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.

    Tug Boat
    Built 1889 by A. C. Brown at Tottenville, Staten Island, in New York City

  1. J. D. JONES (Commercial Service)
  2. Owned and operated as a commercial tug by Merritt and Chapman Wrecking Company
    Purchased by the US Navy May 24 1898

  3. USS APACHE (Tugboat)
  4. Commissioned June 11 1898 - Decommissioned September 24 1898

  5. APACHE (Lighter)
  6. Refitted for service at the ordnance magazine at lona Island and Placed In Service 1900

  7. ASPINET (Lighter)
  8. Renamed April 11 1918

  9. ASPINET YF-176
  10. Designated July 20 1920
    Placed Out Of Service and Sold September 29 1925

    Fate unknown


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. Covers Page 1     (1905-06)



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

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


French CDS
Paris France

Brooklyn NY
Received Marking
"Navy Yard Sta."


Picture postcard to Mr. Myron Beckman aboard APACHE. Mailed from Paris France on July 19th 1905, received on July 29th 1905.


USPOD Duplex
"Coney Island Sta."
Brooklyn NY

Brooklyn NY
Received Marking
"Navy Yard Sta."


Picture postcard to Mr. Myron Beckman aboard APACHE. Mailed from Coney Island Station on July 23rd 1905, received on July 23rd 1905.


USPOD Duplex
Atlantic City NJ

Brooklyn NY
Received Marking
"Navy Yard Sta."


Picture postcard to Mr. Myron Beckman aboard APACHE. Mailed from Atlantic City NJ on April 28th 1906 (6 AM), received on April 28th 1906 (9 AM).


"Navy Yard Sta."
Brooklyn NY
Received Marking


Brooklyn Navy Yard Received Markings 1905-1906.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - (APACHE) An American Indian tribe that inhabited the southwestern portion of the United States.



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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