BRIDGE AF 1

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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.


    Bridge Class Stores Ship
    Keel Laid 12 June 1915 - Launched 18 May 1916

  1. USS BRIDGE
  2. Commissioned 2 June 1917

  3. USS BRIDGE AF-1
  4. Designated (AF) 17 July 1920
    Decommissioned 27 June 1946

    Sold 22 December 1947 at Manila, P.I., renamed SS Don Jose
    Scrapped in Japan March 1953

 

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Bridge AF-1 Covers Page 1    (1927-1943)

 

Postmarks

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
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link
To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
To
Cover Image


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BTT)

"SHANGHAI /
CHINA"

1938-01-01

GregCiesielski Bridge AF1 19380101 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bridge AF1 19380101 1 Front.jpg

New Year's Day


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BTT)

"NAVY DAY /
AT SEA"

1934-10-27

GregCiesielski Bridge AF1 19341027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bridge AF1 19341027 1 Front.jpg

Navy Day, cacheted.


 

Locy Type
3 (D2, AC-BBT)

"LABOR DAY /
GREETINGS"

1936-09-07

GregCiesielski Bridge AF1 19360907 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bridge AF1 19360907 1 Front.jpg

Labor Day, cachet by Norman K. Mary and C. Wright Richell


 

Locy Type 3r

"GONAIVES /
HAITI"

1927-03-16

GregCiesielski Bridge AF1 19270316 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bridge AF1 19270316 1 Front.jpg

From the Richard D. Jones collection.


 

Locy Type
3r (A-BTT)

1941-09-18

JonBurdett bridge af1 19410918 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bridge af1 19410918.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3s

"SUPPLY SHIP /
"SCO FORCE"

1932-12-07

JonBurdett bridge af1 19321207 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bridge af1 19321207.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3z (BTT)

1943-06-07

JonBurdett bridge af1 19430607 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bridge af1 19430607.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
6

1932-04-15

GregCiesielski Bridge AF1 19320415 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BDLBridge AF1 19320415 1 Front.jpg

Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type
9

1929-12-03

JonBurdett bridge af1 19291203 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bridge af1 19291203.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9v

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. B-55

1936-11-05
to
1936-11-06

JonBurdett bridge af1 19361105 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bridge af1 19361105.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
Straight Line

1937-06-10

GregCiesielski Bridge AF1 19370610 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Kalmia AT23 19370430 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Ted Harrington

 

Other Information

USS BRIDGE earned the China Service Medal, the World War I Victory Medal w/ Transport clasp, the American Defense Medal w/ Fleet clasp, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star, the World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Horatio Bridge (1806-98) was born Augusta, Maine, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1826. He was admitted to the bar in 1828 and practiced law until 1838 when he entered the Navy as a Purser. In 1854 he was named Chief of the Bureau of Provisions and Clothing. He was the first in the Navy to employ the idea of comprehensive fleet supply which was carried out with conspicuous success during the Civil War. He retired April 8 1868 and was advanced to Pay Director with the relative rank of Commodore on the Retired List March 3 1871. He died in 1898 at Athens, PA.

Two ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor - USS Bridge AF-1 and USS Bridge T-AOE-10.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Granville Searcy Fleece, a grandniece of Commodore Bridge.

 


 

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