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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.

    Kearsarge Class Battleship
    Keel Laid 30 June 1896 - Launched 24 March 1898

  1. USS KEARSARGE Battleship No. 5
  2. Commissioned 20 February 1900 - Decommissioned 4 September 1909
    Recommissioned 17 June 1912 - Decommissioned 18 May 1920

  4. Redesignated Crane Ship (AB) 5 August 1920

  5. CRANE SHIP 1 AB-1
  6. Renamed and redesignated Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX) 6 November 1941
    to free name for new construction

    Struck from Naval Register 22 June 1955
    Sold 9 August 1955 for scrap

Very briefly had hull designation IX-16 (from 17 July 1920 to 5 August 1920).
IX-16 was later assigned to USS Tallahassee

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 Kearsarge BB-5 Covers Page 1    (1913-1919)



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

1st Commissioning 20 February 1900 to 4 September 1909


Locy Type
3a (BC)


Post office remained operational while in reserve


Locy Type
3 (BC)




2nd Commissioning 23 June 1915 to 10 May 1920


Locy Type
3b (BC)


Picture postcard of the Chamberlin Hotel, Old Point Comfort, VA


Locy Type
3b (BC-OOX)



From the Gary B. Weiss collection.


Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. K-18


Picture postcard of the Secretary of the Navy Daniels and a model of the USS New York BB-34

USPS Pictorial Postmark


Pictorial Postmark

"USS Kearsarge
BB-5 Station"

Philadelphia PA


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


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named by act of Congress to commemorate the famed steam Sloop-of-War.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Herbert Winslow, daughter-in-law of Kearsarge 's commander, Captain John A. Winslow, during her famous battle with CSS Alabama.

Five ships of the US Navy have borne the name KEARSARGE - USS Kearsarge (1861 Sloop of War), USS Kearsarge BB-5, USS Kearsarge CV-12, USS Kearsarge CVS-33 and USS Kearsarge LHD-3.



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