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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.

    Lewis and Clark Class Dry Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid 3 October 2008 - Launched & Christened 16 August 2009
    Delivered to the US Navy 24 February 2010

    Placed in Service 24 February 2010
Matthew Perry Crest.jpg

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. USNS Matthew Perry T-AKE-9 Covers Page 1    (2008)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


USPS Type 11

"Midway Philatelic Br."

San Diego CA


GregCiesielski MatthewPerry TAKE9 20081003 2 Front.jpg


Keel Laying, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry (April 10 1794 – March 4 1858), USN
Veteran of the War of 1812, Mexican-American War; Siege of Veracruz, Battle of Tuxpan and Second Battle of Tabasco. Commodore Perry compelled the opening of Japan to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854.

The ships sponsor is Hester Evans, a great-great-great granddaughter of Commodore Perry.



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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