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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 (Little) Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid August 17 1918 as RODGERS
    Launched December 21 1918
    Renamed December 23 1918

  1. USS KALK Destroyer No. 170
    Commissioned March 29 1919

  2. USS KALK DD-170
    Designated (DD) July 17 1920
    Decommissioned July 10 1922
    Recommissioned June 17 1940 - Decommissioned September 23 1940

    Stricken January 8 1941

  3. HMS HAMILTON I-24 (British Naval Service)
    Transferred to Great Britain September 23 1940 (Famous Fifty)

  4. HMCS HAMILTON (Canadian Naval Service)
    Transferred to Canada June 1941 - Decommissioned June 8 1945

    Sold 1945 to Boston Iron & Metal, Baltimore and broken up 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. 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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type
FDC SLPb (22x6)


NOT listed in USCS Postmark catalog as "First Day of Commissioning" (FDC) postmark.
Cachet artist Loring W. Stannard, Sponsor Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
LDC SLPb (22x6)


Note: Serviced by Dr. S. E. Hutnick


Other Information

NAMESAKE: Lt. (j.g.) Stanton Frederick Kalk, USN (14 October 1894–16 December 1917). Posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his actions after his ship was torpedoed by a German submarine.



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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