CALIFORNIA BB 44

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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.

    Tennessee Class Battleship
    Keel Laid October 25 1916 - Launched November 20 1919

  1. USS CALIFORNIA BB-44
    Commissioned August 10 1921
    SUNK (Torpedoes) December 7 1941 at Pearl Harbor Hawaii
    Refloated March 25 1942 and repaired
    Decommissioned February 14 1947

    Struck from Naval Register March 1 1959
    Sold July 1 1959 and broken up for scrap.

 

Naval Covers

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  1. Covers Page 1    (1923-34)
  2. Covers Page 2    (1935-46)

 

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
---
Killer Bar Text

Date From
to
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1946-03-04

Bunter California BB 44 19460304 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter California BB 44 19460304 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
2s(C)

1934-05-03

JonBurdett california bb44 19340503 pm.jpg
JonBurdett california bb44 19340503.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
2s(C)

1934-09-09

GregCiesielski California BB44 19340909 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski California BB44 19340909 1 Front.jpg

California Admission Day, cachet by Deane C. (DC) Bartley


 

Locy Type
2s(C)

1934-11-09

GregCiesielski California BB44 19341109 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski California BB44 19341109 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Foreman


 

Locy Type
2bs(C)
("AT SEA" in killers)

1933-01-12

JonBurdett california bb44 19330112 pm.jpg
JonBurdett california bb44 19330112.jpg

Note


 

Locy Type
2bs(C)
("AT SEA" in killers)

1933-03-21

Bunter California BB 44 19330321 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter California BB 44 19330321 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BBT)

"SAN /
FRANCISCO"

1935-07-06

GregCiesielski BDLCalifornia BB44 19350706 pm.jpg
GregCiesielski BDLCalifornia BB44 19350706 1 Front.jpg

Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BBT)

"BREMERTON /
WASH"

1936-08-10

GregCiesielski California BB44 19360810 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski California BB44 19360810 1 Front.jpg

15th Anniversary
Donald A. Yontz
M.T. Woolsey Chapter No. 40, USCS


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BBT)

"LONG BEACH /
CALIF"

1936-10-12

GregCiesielski California BB44 19361012 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski California BB44 19361012 2 Front.jpg

Columbus Day
Samuel Stein


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BBT)

"SAN /
FRANCISCO"

1936-11-12

GregCiesielski California BB44 19361112 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bridge AF1 19361112 1 Front.jpg

Opening Day of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Cachet by Golden Bear Crew No. 14, ANCS
Also postmarked from USS San Francisco CA-38, USS Bridge AF-1 and USS Arctic AF-7 (on back).


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BBT)

1935-02-12

Bunter California BB 44 19350212 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter California BB 44 19350212 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

1939-07-04

Bunter California BB 44 19390704 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter California BB 44 19390704 1 front.jpg

Notes: Cachet is thermographed.


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

1941-07-27

JonBurdett california bb44 72741 pm.jpg
JonBurdett california bb44 72741.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BTB)

1945-11-15

Bunter California BB 44 19451115 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter California BB 44 19451115 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
3s

"CULEBRA /
P. R."

1924-02-06

JonBurdett california bb44 19240206 pm.jpg
JonBurdett california bb44 19240206.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3z

1942-02-16

JonBurdett california bb44 19420216 pm.jpg
JonBurdett california bb44 19420216.jpg

Cancel used while ship still sunk at Pearl Harbor (Raised 1942-03-25)...Possibly a shore station cancel or ship's post office active on shore


 

Locy Type
6

1932-11-06

GregCiesielski BDLCalifornia BB44 19321106 pm.jpg
GregCiesielski BDLCalifornia BB44 19321106 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
6

1929-11-29

Bunter California BB 44 19291129 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter California BB 44 19291129 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
6 (AT SEA)

1931-01-08

Bunter California BB 44 19310108 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter California BB 44 19310108 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
6gi(2)

1934-11-29

JonBurdett california bb44 19341129 pm.jpg
JonBurdett california bb44 19341129.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
6gi(2)

1934-11-29

GregCiesielski California BB44 19341129 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski California BB44 19341129 1 Front.jpg

Thanksgiving Day
Herbert Dobb
Deane C. (DC) Bartley
Bruce D. Liddell collection


 

Locy Type
6gi(2)

1934-12-21

Bunter California BB 44 19341221 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter California BB 44 19341221 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-7

1923-12-08

JonBurdett california bb44 19231208 pm.jpg
JonBurdett california bb44 19231208.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-7

1925-03-15

GregCiesielski California BB44 19250315 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski California BB44 19250315 1 Front.jpg

Sailor's Mail


 

Locy Type
7

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-7

1925-05-03

Bunter California BB 44 19250503 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter California BB 44 19250503 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
7 "AT SEA"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-7

1925-05-26

Bunter California BB 44 19250526 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter California BB 44 19250526 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
7

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-7a

1941-10-18

Bunter California BB 44 19411018 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter California BB 44 19411018 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
7

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-7a

1936-07-04

Bunter California BB 44 19360704 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter California BB 44 19360704 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
7rz

1943-12-03

JonBurdett california bb44 19431203 pm.jpg
JonBurdett california bb44 19431203.jpg

Censored wartime (WWII) use


 

Locy Type
7t

1926-12-09

GregCiesielski California BB44 19261209 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski California BB44 19261209 1 Front.jpg

Official Business


 

Locy Type
7t (AT SEA)

1927-01-18

GregCiesielski California BB44 19270118 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski California BB44 19270118 1 Front.jpg

Sailor's Mail


 

Locy Type
7t

1928-03-18

GregCiesielski California BB44 19280318 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski California BB44 19280318 1 Front.jpg

Sailor Mail


 

Locy Type
7t

1929-07-05

JonBurdett california bb44 19290705 pm.jpg
JonBurdett california bb44 19290705.jpg

Official Business


 

Locy Type
9efu

1946-03-04

Bunter California BB 44 19460304 1 pm2.jpg
Bunter California BB 44 19460304 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9efw

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-7c

1946-03-04

Bunter California BB 44 19460304 1 pm3.jpg
Bunter California BB 44 19460304 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9v

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-7d

1932-06-21

JonBurdett california bb4419320621 pm9v.jpg
JonBurdett california bb4419320621.jpg

Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type
9v(C)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-7e

1938-03-31

JonBurdett california bb44 19380331 pm.jpg
JonBurdett california bb44 19380331.jpg

Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type
9pv

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-7n

1924-03-25
to
1924-04-05

JonBurdett california bb44 19240325 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett california bb44 19240325.JPG

Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type
9w

1929-11-29

Bunter California BB 44 19291129 1 pm2.jpg
Bunter California BB 44 19291129 1 back.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9x

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-7g

1929-11-29

Bunter California BB 44 19291129 1 pm3.jpg
Bunter California BB 44 19291129 1 back.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9vz

1943-06-08
to
1943-06-14

JonBurdett california bb44 19430608 pm.jpg
JonBurdett california bb44 19430608.jpg

Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-7m

1935-07-04

Bunter California BB 44 19350704 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter California BB 44 19350704 1 front.jpg

Note: Provisional postmark is a 5hk for Battle Force United States Fleet with "U.S.S. / CALIFORNIA" in the killer bars. This postmark was used aboard USS California.


 

Locy Type
PPB

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-7i

1934-06-18

Bunter California BB 44 19340618 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter California BB 44 19340618 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
PPO

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-7j

1924-03-25
to
1924-04-05

JonBurdett california bb44 19240325 pm.jpg
JonBurdett california bb44 19240325.JPG

Note:


 

Locy Type
PPO

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-7j
All wording removed

1934-06-18

JonBurdett california bb4419320621pmp.jpg
JonBurdett california bb4419320621.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
PPR

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-7p

c1930's

Bunter California BB 44 00000000 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter California BB 44 00000000 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
SLPs (45 x 3)

1933-10-27

Bunter California BB 44 19331027 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter California BB 44 19331027 1 front.jpg

Note:

 

Other Information

CALIFORNIA earned 7 Battle Stars (WWII)

CALIFORNIA was at Pearl Harbor December 7 1941

NAMESAKE - Named for The State of California


 


 

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