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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.

    Cleveland Class Light Cruiser
    Keel Laid September 6 1941 as WILKES-BARRE
    Renamed October 16 1942
    Launched March 6 1943

    Commissioned May 17 1944 - Decommissioned July 1 1949

    Struck from Naval Register November 1 1969
    Sold January 12 1971 to The Nicolai Joffe Corp. of Beverly Hills, CA 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 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. Covers Page 1     (1944-48)



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


Locy Type


JonBurdett astoria cl90 19461027 pm.jpg
JonBurdett astoria cl90 19461027.JPG



Locy Type


JonBurdett astoria cl90 19480328 pm.jpg
JonBurdett astoria cl90 19480328.jpg



Locy Type


JonBurdett astoria cl90 19450504 pm.jpg
JonBurdett astoria cl90 19450504.jpg



Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named in Honor of USS ASTORIA CA-34 sunk during The Battle of Savo Island August 9 1942



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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