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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.

    Built 1891 as "SS PORT CHALMERS"
    Acquired by US Navy 1898 and converted for Naval service

  1. USS DELMONICO (Stores Ship)
  2. Commissioned 5 July 1898

  3. USS GLACIER (Stores Ship)
  4. Renamed 11 July 1898 - Decommissioned 6 March 1899
    Recommissioned 31 March 1899 - Decommissioned 1 August 1903
    Recommissioned 15 December 1903 - Decommissioned 30 July 1904
    Recommissioned 15 September 1904

  6. Designated (AF) 17 July 1920
    Decommissioned 6 March 1922

    Struck from Naval Register (Date unknown)
    Sold for commercial service 17 August 1922
    Acquired by the WSA 10 October 1942
    Re-delivered 23 August 1944, to Carbella SS. Co. renamed "SS Carbella"
    Final Disposition, date unknown, still working as of 1956

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 Glacier AF-4 Covers Page 1    (1909-1913,2009)



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

4th Commissioning 15 September 1904 to 6 March 1922

Post Office Established 4 November 1908 - Post Office Disestablished 29 November 1911


Locy Type SL

Canal Zone Postmark


San Antonio TX postmark (in address) shows card was received on 11 March 1909. From the Gary Weiss collection.


Locy Type
1 (C+)




Locy Type
2 (AC)



Picture postcard of a indoor swimming pool in San Diego, CA

4th Commissioning 15 September 1904 to 6 March 1922

Post Office Reestablished 13 February 1912 - Post Office Disestablished 29 December 1920


Locy Type
2 (AC)





Locy Type
3 (AC)



Picture postcard of a San Francisco CA monument

USPS Pictorial Postmark


Pictorial Postmark

AF-4 STA."

San Diego CA


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


Other Information

USS GLACIER earned the Philippine Campaign Medal, the Mexican Service Medal and the World War I Victory Medal w/ Transport clasp during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A field or body of ice formed in a region where snowfall exceeds melting; it moves slowly down a mountainside or valley. The second and fourth Glacier were named for Glacier Bay, Alaska; the third Glacier for Glacier County, Montana.

Four ships of the US Navy have been named GLACIER - USS Glacier AF-4, USS Glacier CVE-33, USS Glacier AK-183 and USS Glacier AGB-4.



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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