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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.

    Brutus Class Collier
    Built 1894

    Acquired U.S. Navy April 21 1898

  2. USS BRUTUS Collier No. 15
    Commissioned May 27 1898 - Decommissioned October 20 1899
    Recommissioned December 25 1899 - Decommissioned February 16 1900
    Recommissioned Late 1900 - Decommissioned August 29 1901
    Recommissioned March 8 1902 - Decommissioned May 13 1908
    Recommissioned January 3 1909 - Decommissioned May 20 1912

    Designated (AC) and Recommissioned July 17 1920
    Decommissioned August 17 1921

    Struck from Navy list July 29 1922
    Sold to the A. Bercovich Co., Oakland, Calif
Brutus AC15 Crest.jpg

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     (DATE RANGE)



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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


USPO Type 9

Mil. Sta. No. 1 Philippine Isl.

San Francisco CA


GregCiesielski Brutus AC15 18981202 1 Front.jpg


Officers Mail, letter (not shown) is from Ensign Dunn of USS BRUTUS, date line "at anchor off Cavite. 2 Dec 1898".


USPO Machine

Norfolk VA


GregCiesielski Brutus AC15 19090611 1 SLMarking.jpg
GregCiesielski Brutus AC15 19090611 1 Front.jpg

Straight-Line marking on postcard. Also postmarked from Boston MA (06/12/1909) and North Tisbury MA (06/14/1909)


USPO Machine

San Francisco CA


GregCiesielski Brutus AC15 19180329 1 SLMarking.jpg
GregCiesielski Brutus AC15 19180329 1 Front.jpg

Straight-Line marking and Censored. Official Business.


Other Information

USS Brutus AC-15 earned the following awards during her Naval career - Spanish Campaign Medal; Mexican Service Medal and the World War I Victory Medal (with Transport Clasp).

NAMESAKE - Named for Marcus Junius Brutus (c85-78 B.C. - November 16 42 B.C.) a Roman politician during the time of Julius Caesar.



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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