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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.

    Celtic Class Provisions Store Ship
    Built 1891 as SS CELTIC CLOUD
    Acquired by U.S. Navy 14 May 1898 and converted for Naval service

  2. Commissioned 27 May 1898 - Decommissioned 18 September 1903
    Recommissioned 2 October 1905 - Decommissioned 23 February 1907
    Recommissioned 23 October 1908

  4. Designated (AF) 17 July 1920
    Decommissioned 23 June 1922

    Struck from Naval Register (Date unknown)
    Sold 23 January 1923


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 Celtic AF-2 Covers Page 1    (1909-1916)



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

1st Commissioning 27 May 1898 to 18 September 1903


Duplex Killer


GregCiesielski Celtic AF2 19000409 1 Front.jpg


USS CELTIC. Registered, Military Station No. 2, Cavite, Philippine Islands. R. No. 10399, Manila P.I.

3rd Commissioning 23 October 1908 to 23 June 1922


Locy Type
1 (C)


GregCiesielski Celtic AF2 19100509 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Celtic AF2 19100509 1 Back.jpg

Picture postcard of USS North Dakota BB-29


Locy Type
3 (AC)


JonBurdett celtic af2 19160912 pm.jpg
JonBurdett celtic af2 19160912.jpg



Other Information

USS CELTIC earned the Spanish Campaign Medal, the Philippine Campaign Medal, the Cuban Pacification Medal, the Mexican Service Medal, the Haitian Campaign Medal, the Dominican Campaign Medal and the World War I Victory Medal w/ Transport Clasp during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Of, or pertaining to, the Celts or their language.



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