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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 January 25 1943 - Launched February 6 1944

    Commissioned December 3 1944 - Decommissioned July 1 1949
    Struck from Navy Register October 1 1962

  2. ATLANTA IX-304
    Reinstated and Placed In Service May 15 1964 as Unclassified Miscellaneous (IX)
    Operated as Weapons Effects Test Ship
    Placed Out of Service 1965

    Struck from Naval Register April 1 1970
    Sunk October 1 1970 in explosives test off San Clemente Island, CA

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. CL-104 Covers Page 1      (1944-48)
  2. IX-304 Covers Page 1      (1965)



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


Locy Type



Commissioning was a day earlier than this postmark. Cancel and cachet created by Mike Sanders.

Post Office Established December 10 1944 - Disestablished March 12 1949


Locy Type
2(n) Oct 27, 1945


"Victory Cancel"


Locy Type




Locy Type




Locy Type


Censored wartime (WWII) use


Locy Type


Cachet by Harry Klotzbach

Placed in Service May 15 1964 to 1965


Locy Type


As IX-304


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named in Honor of USS ATLANTA CL-51 lost at the Battle of Guadalcanal November 13 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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