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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.

    Clemson Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid April 20 1918 - Launched August 25 1918

  1. USS LAUB Destroyer No. 263
    Commissioned March 17 1919

  2. USS LAUB DD-263
    Designated (DD) July 17 1920
    Decommissioned June 15 1922
    Recommissioned December 18 1939 - Decommissioned October 9 1940

    Struck from Naval Register January 8 1942

  3. HMS BURWELL H-94 (British Naval Service)
    Transferred to Great Britain October 9 1940 (Famous Fifty) and renamed

    Broken up for Scrap 1947


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

2nd Commissioning December 18 1939 to October 8 1940


Locy Type

USCS Catalog
Illus. CD-R1


First Day of Commission
Cachet Artist - Loring W. Stannard
Cachet Sponsor - Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type



First Day Postal Service


Locy Type
3r (A-BTT)



R/S address on back from Cachetmaker Paul J. Gross


Other Information

Laub was appointed Midshipman October 1 1809 under Commodore O. H. Perry. Wounded in the early part of the Battle of Lake Erie, September 10 1813, he was carried below but struck by a round shot that crashed through the cockpit, killing him instantly. Congress expressed deep regret at his loss, commended his gallantry, and ordered that a sword be presented to his nearest male relative



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