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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.

    Mississippi Class Battleship
    Keel Laid May 12 1904 - Launched September 30 1905

  1. USS MISSISSIPPI Battleship No. 23
    Commissioned February 1 1908 - Decommissioned August 1 1912
    Recommissioned January 12 1914 - Decommissioned July 21 1914

    Stricken July 21 1914

  2. RHN KILKIS (Greek Naval Service)
    Sold to Greece July 21 1914 and renamed
    Decommissioned early 1930's
    Sunk by German bombers April 10 1941 while moored in Salamis

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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 Mississippi BB-23 Covers Page 1     (1909-10)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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

1st Commissioning February 1 1908 to August 1 1912


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Mississippi BB23 19090123 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Mississippi BB23 19090123 1 Back.jpg



Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for The State of Mississippi

Five ships of the US Navy have been named MISSISSIPPI -
USS Mississippi (1841) was a sidewheel steamer that saw action in the Mexican-American War and was lost during the American Civil War
USS Mississippi (BB-23) was a Mississippi-class battleship that saw action before World War I and was eventually sold to Greece
USS Mississippi (BB-41) was a New Mexico-class battleship, and saw action during World War II
USS Mississippi (CGN-40) was a Virginia-class nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser
USS Mississippi (SSN-782) will be a Virginia-class submarine and is currently under construction.



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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