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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.

    Miscellaneous Auxiliary
    Built 1895
    Captured during the Spanish-American War 1898
    Transferred 21 February 1900 to U.S. Navy

  1. USS GENERAL ALAVA (Transport)
  2. Commissioned 9 March 1900 - Decommissioned 24 January 1903
    Recommissioned 11 June 1904 - Decommissioned 26 February 1906
    Recommissioned 18 December 1906

  4. Designated Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG) 17 July 1920
    Decommissioned 28 June 1929

    Sunk as target 17 July 1929
    Struck from Naval Register 19 July 1929


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 General Alava AG-5 Covers Page 1     (1927-1929)



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

3rd Commissioning 18 December 1906 to 28 June 1929


Locy Type 3s



Courtesy of the Jim Myerson collection.


Other Information

USS GENERAL ALAVA earned the Philippines Campaign Medal and the World War I Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Former name retained.



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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