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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.

    Adder Class Submarine Torpedo Boat
    Keel Laid 10 December 1900 - Launched 31 July 1902

  1. USS GRAMPUS (Submarine)
    Commissioned 28 May 1903 - Decommissioned 28 November 1906
    Recommissioned 13 June 1908

  2. USS A-3 (Submarine)
    Renamed A-3 (Submarine Torpedo Boat No.4) 17 November 1911 - Decommissioned 28 June 1912
    Recommissioned 17 April 1915 (at Olongapo, PI) - Decommissioned 25 July 1921 (Cavite Navy Yard, PI)

  3. USS A-3 SS-4
    Designated (SS-4) 17 July 1920 while in reserve

    Struck from the Naval Register 16 January 1922
    Final Disposition, dismantled and designated as a target.

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 A-3 (ex GRAMPUS) Covers Page 1     (1909-1914)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image





From the collection of Paul Huber. Postcard - "U.S. SUBMARINE GRAMPUS UNDER WAY, SAN DIEGO BAY, CAL."


Other Information

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Marley F. Hay, wife of the Superintendent of Construction at Union Iron Works.

The first Commanding Officer was Lt. Arthur MacArthur, the older brother of future General of the Army Douglas MacArthur.



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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