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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.

    Wickes Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 30 March 1918 - Launched 4 July 1918

  1. USS HARADEN Destroyer No. 183
  2. Commissioned 7 June 1919

  4. Designated (DD) 17 July 1920 - Decommissioned 27 July 1922
    Recommissioned 4 December 1939 - Decommissioned 24 September 1940

    Stricken 8 January 1941

  6. Transferred to Canada via Great Britain (Famous Fifty) 24 September 1940, and renamed
    Ran aground 25 February 1944 off Newfoundland
    Used as ammunition and fuel hulk in Nova Scotia

    Broken up 1945 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 Haraden DD-183 Covers Page 1    (1940)



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

2nd Commissioning 4 December 1939 to 24 September 1940


Locy Type



GregCiesielski Haraden DD183 19400218 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Haraden DD183 19400218 1 Front.jpg

First Day of Postal Service, Cachet by Dr. S. E. Hutnick.


Locy Type
3 (A-TBT)



GregCiesielski Haraden DD183 19400823 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Haraden DD183 19400823 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Louis C. Bean


Locy Type



JonBurdett haraden dd183 19400913 pm.jpg
JonBurdett haraden dd183 19400913.jpg

Last Day Postal Service


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Jonathan Haraden (11 November 1744 – 23 November 1803)
        Haraden was born in Gloucester, MA and joined the Massachusetts State Navy in July 1776 as First Lieutenant of the sloop Tyrannicide. Sailing with her for 2 years, he captured many prizes, and rose to command her in 1777. In 1778, Haraden left the state navy for a career as a privateersman, commanding General Pickering. He simultaneously engaged three British privateers off New Jersey in October 1779, and captured a 22-gun sloop in the Bay of Biscay. When British privateer Achilles, of three times his force, attempted to recapture his prize a few days later, Haraden fought a fierce action at close quarters for 3 hours, forcing the larger ship to sheer off. Captured briefly by Admiral Rodney in the West Indies in 1781, Haraden escaped and sailed privateer Julius Caesar in 1782. In June of that year fought off two British vessels of equal force at the same time. His health declined steadily after the close of the War for Independence, and he died at Salem, MA.

Two ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor - USS Haraden DD-183 and USS Haraden DD-585.



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