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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.

    Culgoa Class Provisions Store Ship
    Built 1889 - Launched (Date unknown)
    Purchased at Cavite, P.I. by the US Navy 4 June 1898

  1. USS CULGOA (Refrigerator Supply Ship)
    Commissioned 3 December 1898 - Decommissioned 16 October 1901
    Recommissioned 1 October 1902 - Decommissioned 11 August 1905
    Struck from Naval Register 7 May 1906
    Reinstated on the Naval Register 20 June 1906
    Recommissioned 12 September 1907

    Designated (AF) 17 July 1920
    Decommissioned 31 December 1921

    Struck from Naval Register (Date unknown)
    Sold 25 July 1922
Culgoa AF3 Photo.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 Culgoa AF-3 Covers Page 1    (1919-38)



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

3rd Commissioning 12 September 1907 to 31 December 1921


Locy Type


JohnGermann Culgoa AF3 19100909 1 Front.jpg
JohnGermann Culgoa AF3 19100909 1a Front.jpg



Locy Type


GregCiesielski Culgoa AF3 19190304 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Culgoa AF3 19190304 1 Front.jpg

Picture postcard of the Met. Life Building, NY NY


Locy Type
3 (AC)


JonBurdett culgoa af3 191906 pm.jpg
JonBurdett culgoa af3 191906.jpg



Duplex Cancel

"Bush Term Sta"

Brooklyn NY


GregCiesielski Culgoa AF3 19180726 1 Front.jpg


Censored, Official Business. From the Tom Kean collection.

USPS Pictorial Postmarks


Pictorial Postmark

USS Culgoa
AF-3 Station"

Staten Island NY


GregCiesielski Culgoa AF3 20090131 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Culgoa AF3 20090131 1 Front.jpg

100th Anniversary of the Great White Fleet, Cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

USS CULGOA earned the Philippine Campaign Medal, the Mexican Service Medal, the Haitian Campaign Medal, the Dominican Republic Campaign Medal and the World War I Victory Medal (with Transport Clasp) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A merchant name retained. (perhaps Culgoa, Australia)



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