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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.

    Clemson Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 3 June 1918 - Launched 5 February 1919

  1. USS BAILEY Destroyer No. 269
    Commissioned 27 June 1919

  2. USS BAILEY DD-269
    Designated (DD) 17 July 1920 - Decommissioned 15 June 1922
    Recommissioned 6 November 1939 - Decommissioned 26 November 1940

    Stricken from the NVR 8 January 1941

  3. HMS READING G-71 (British Naval Service)
    Transferred to Great Britain 26 November 1940

    Broken up for scrap July 1945

Rear Admiral Theodorus Bailey, USN

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Bailey DD-269 Covers Page 1    (Date)



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.
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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

2nd Commissioning 30 September 1939 to 26 November 1940


Locy Type


First Day of Postal Service


Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)



Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-R1


Recommissioning. Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type



Last Day of Postal Service


Other Information

Transferred to Great Britain 26 November 1940 a Famous Fifty Destroyer

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral Theodorus Bailey, USN (12 April 1805 - 10 February 1877)
Bailey entered the Navy as a Midshipman in January 1818. He was commended for energy, enterprise, and gallantry in the Mexican-American War. He made Captain in 1855. In July, 1862, he was made Commodore, and in July, 1866, Rear Admiral on the retired list. In 1861 Captain Bailey was in command of USS COLORADO, in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. Later he took command of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. He was instrumental in developing a primitive "thruster system," the principles of which are still in use today. A pipe could direct water to one side of the ship or another, which caused the ship to be able to move with more agility in the high seas. Today, ships use this principle in thruster systems. Rear Admiral Bailey died at Washington, D. C., 10 February 1877.

The ships sponsor was Miss Rosalie Fellows Bailey

Four ships of United States Navy have borne the name BAILEY - USS Bailey (1856 Coast Survey Schooner), USS Bailey TB-21, USS Bailey DD-269 and USS Bailey DD-492.



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