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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 September 22 1918

  1. USS McLANAHAN Destroyer No. 264
    Commissioned April 5 1919

    Designated (DD) July 17 1920
    Decommissioned June 10 1922
    Recommissioned December 18 1939 - Decommissioned October 8 1940

  3. HMS BRADFORD H-72 (British Naval Service)
    Transferred to Great Britain October 9 1940 (Famous Fifty)

    Struck from Naval Register January 8 1942
    Decommissioned by British Navy May 3 1943
    Broken up for scrap June 19 1946


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



First Day of Postal Service


Locy Type


First Day of Postal Service
Cachet artist - Loring W. Stannard, Sponsored by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)





Locy Type




Locy Type



Last Day Postal Service


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Tenant McLanahan (? - February 11 1848)
McLanahan was appointed Midshipman December 12 1839 and passed Midshipman July 2 1845. He served in PREBLE in the Mediterranean Squadron; in DELAWARE, BRANDYWINE, and MACEDONIA in the Brazil, African, and East Indian Squadrons, 1840-45; and in SHARK, PORTSMOUTH and CYANE in the Pacific Squadron, 1846-48. While attached to the latter he was one of Lieutenant Heywood’s party beseiged by Mexican irregulars at San Jose, Baja California, January 24 to February 14 1848. He conducted himself in a gallant, unflinching, and devoted manner, until he was killed by a rifle shot in the neck February 11 1848



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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