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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.

    Denver Class Cruiser
    Keel Laid 29 March 1900 - Launched 7 March 1903

  1. USS CHATTANOOGA Cruiser No. 16
  2. Commissioned 11 October 1904 - Decommissioned 17 September 1910
    Recommissioned 31 August 1912

  4. Designated Gunboat (PG) 17 July 1920
    Decommissioned 19 July 1921

  6. Reclassified Light Cruiser (CL) 8 August 1921, while in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register 13 December 1929
    Sold 8 March 1930 for scrap

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 Chattanooga CL-18 Covers Page 1     (1916-1921)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

1st Commissioning 11 October 1904 to 17 September 1910




Gibraltar Spain R/S marking on face of postcard with sender name.


Locy Type SLK



From the Jim Myerson collection.

2nd Commissioning 31 August 1912 to 19 July 1921


Locy Type
3 (AC)



As Cruiser No. 16. Officer's Mail from Paymaster W. H. Wilterdink to his wife in San Francisco, CA


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Chattanooga, TN.

The ships sponsor was Miss L. N. Chambliss.

Four ships of the US Navy have been named CHATTANOOGA - USS Chattanooga (1864 Steam Sloop), USS Chattanooga CL-18, USS Chattanooga PF-65 (renamed Uniontown 18 August 1944) and USS Chattanooga CL-118 (canceled 12 August 1945)



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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