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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.

    Charles F. Adams Class Guided Missile Destroyer
    Originally classified as Destroyer DD-954
    Reclassified Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG) 23 April 1957
    Keel Laid 27 October 1958 - Launched 27 February 1960

    Commissioned 6 January 1962 - Decommissioned 30 March 1990

    Struck from Naval Register 16 May 1990
    Scrapped, completed 3 November 2004

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 Lawrence DDG-4 Covers Page 1    (1962-1990)



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.
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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type
FDC 2(n)


First Day in Commission
USCS Postmark Catalog lists FDC as Type 2(n+), however this is clearly the Type 2(n)


Locy Type
2(n) (USS)


USS TRITON SSN-586 is welcomed into Norfolk VA. Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type
2t(n+u)(B, USS)


Cachet by Frederick L. Karcher


Locy Type
2t(n+u)(A, USS)




Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. L-30




Locy Type
9eft(n+u) (USS)




Locy Type F

"Tall Ships '82"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-8


Tall Ships '82, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Locy Type
LDC 2t(n+u)


Last Day in Commission


Locy Type
LDC 9eft(n+)


Last Day in Commission. Ships cachets, from the Thad Kaczkowski collection.

USPS Pictorial Postmark


Pictorial Postmark

"The Bill of Rights"

Perth Amboy NJ


Cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Captain James Lawrence, USN (October 1 1781 - June 4 1813).
Though educated in the field of law, Lawrence joined the infant United States Navy in September 1798 as a Midshipman and served in the ship GANGES and frigate ADAMS during the undeclared war with France. Commissioned in the rank of Lieutenant in 1802, he served in the schooner ENTERPRISE during the War with Tripoli, taking part in a successful attack that burned enemy craft ashore on 2 June 1803. In February 1804 he was second in command of ketch INTREPID during the daring expedition to destroy the captured frigate PHILADELPHIA in Tripoli harbor. Later in the conflict he commanded ENTERPRISE and a gunboat in battles with the Tripolitans. He was also First Lieutenant of the frigate JOHN ADAMS and, in 1805, commanded the small Gunboat Number 6 during a voyage across the Atlantic to Italy. Subsequently, Lieutenant Lawrence commanded the warships VIXEN, WASP and ARGUS. In 1810 he also took part in trials of an experimental spar-torpedo. Promoted to the rank of Master Commandant in November 1810, he took command of the sloop of war HORNET a year later and sailed her to Europe on a diplomatic mission. From the beginning of the War of 1812, Lawrence and HORNET cruised actively, capturing the privateer DOLPHIN on 9 July 1812. Later in the year HORNET blockaded the British sloop BONNE CITOYENNE at Bahia, Brazil, and on 24 February 1813 captured HMS PEACOCK. Upon his return to the United States in March, Lawrence learned of his promotion to Captain. Two months later he took command of the frigate CHESAPEAKE, then preparing for sea at Boston, Massachusetts. She left port on 1 June 1813 and immediately engaged the Royal Navy frigate SHANNON in a fierce battle. Captain Lawrence, mortally wounded by small arms fire, ordered "Don't give up the ship" as he was carried below. However, his crew was overwhelmed by British boarders shortly afterwards. James Lawrence died of his wounds on 4 June, while CHESAPEAKE was being taken to Halifax, Nova Scotia, by her captors. His body was later repatriated to New York for burial.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Dorothy Redmond Hubbard, Capt. Lawrence's great-great-grand-daughter.



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