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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.

    Bainbridge Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid August 15 1899 - Launched August 27 1901

  1. USS BAINBRIDGE Destroyer No. 1
    Commissioned (In Reserve) November 24 1902
    Commissioned (Full) February 12 1903 - Decommissioned January 17 1907
    Recommissioned April 24 1908 - Decommissioned April 24 1912
    Recommissioned April 1913 - Decommissioned July 3 1919
    Stricken September 15 1919
    Sold January 3 1920 and broken up 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    (2002)



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


USPS Pictorial

"Anniversary Station"

Philadelphia, PA


GregCiesielski Bainbridge DD1 20021124 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bainbridge DD1 20021124 1 Front.jpg

100th Anniversary of the Commissioning of the 1st US Navy Destroyer. Cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


USPS Pictorial

"Fleet Week
NYC 2002 Station"

New York NY


GregCiesielski Bainbridge DD1 20020525 1 Front.jpg


100th Anniversary of US Navy Destroyers. Cachet recognizes USS BAINBRIDGE Destroyer No. 1.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Commodore William Bainbridge, USN (May 7 1774 – July 28 1833)

Five ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor: USS Bainbridge (Brig, 1842), USS Bainbridge DD-1, USS Bainbridge DD-246, USS Bainbridge DLGN-25/CGN-25 and USS Bainbridge DDG-96.



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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