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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.

    Screw Steamer / Buffalo Class Destroyer Tender
    Built 1892 as Screw Steamer "SS EL CID"
    Sold to Brazil (Date unknown) and renamed "SS NICTHEROY"
    Purchased by U.S. Navy 11 July 1898 and renamed "BUFFALO"

  1. USS BUFFALO Auxiliary Cruiser
  2. Commissioned In Ordinary 18 July 1898 for fitting out
    Commissioned in Full 22 September 1898 - Decommissioned 3 July 1899

  3. USS BUFFALO Training Vessel
  4. Recommissioned 2 April 1900 - Decommissioned April 1905

  5. USS BUFFALO Transport
  6. Recommissioned 17 November 1906 - Decommissioned 27 January 1915
    Recommissioned 29 November 1915

  7. USS BUFFALO Destroyer Tender
  8. Converted to Destroyer Tender 1918

  10. Designated (AD) 17 July 1920 - Decommissioned 15 November 1922

  11. BUFFALO Barracks Ship
  12. Barracks Ship (San Diego CA) 15 November 1922 - 27 May 1927

    Struck from Naval Register 27 May 1927
    Sold September 1927
    Fate unknown
Buffalo AC.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. USS Buffalo AD-8 Covers Page 1     (1901-1917)



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 To
Cover Image

2nd Commissioning April 2 1900 to April 1905


USPO Duplex Cancel

San Juan, Puerto Rico


JonBurdett buffalo 19011201.jpg
JonBurdett buffalo 19011201 cc.jpg

As Training Vessel

3rd Commissioning November 17 1906 to January 27 1915


Locy Type
1 (C)


Bunter Buffalo AD 8 19090227 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Buffalo AD 8 19090227 1 front.jpg



Locy Type 2


JonBurdett buffalo ac8 19140615 pm.jpg
JonBurdett buffalo ac8 19140615.jpg

Transport. Picture postcard


Locy Type 9v (C)


GregCiesielski Buffalo Transport 19111020 1 Postmark.jpg


Cut Square.

4th Commissioning November 29 1915 to November 15 1922


Locy Type 3 (AC)


JonBurdett buffalo ac 19170203 pm.jpg
JonBurdett buffalo ac 19170203.jpg

Transport. Picture postcard


Other Information

USS BUFFALO earned the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the Philippine Campaign Medal, the China Relief Expedition Medal, the Mexican Service Medal and the World War I Victory Medal w/ Asiatic and Mobile Base Clasps during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for Buffalo NY.

Five ships of the US Navy have borne the name BUFFALO - USS Buffalo (1813 3-gun Sloop), USS Buffalo AD-8, BUFFALO CL-99, USS Buffalo CL-110 (Canceled on 12 August 1945) and USS Buffalo SSN-715. The first USS Buffalo was named for the Bison, the others for the city.



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