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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.

    Nashville Class Gunboat
    Keel Laid August 9 1894 - Launched October 19 1895

  1. USS NASHVILLE Gunboat No. 7
  2. Commissioned August 19 1897 - Decommissioned June 30 1904
    Recommissioned August 8 1905 - Decommissioned July 23 1906
    Recommissioned April 29 1909
    Assigned to Illinois Naval Militia at Chicago, Ill.
    Withdrawn July 1911
    Decommissioned October 29 1918

  4. Designated Gunboat (PG) July 17 1920, While in reserve

  5. RICHMOND CEDAR WORKS No. 4 (Commercial Service)
  6. Sold October 20 1921 to J. L. Bernard and Co. of Washington, DC
    Converted to barge and renamed
    Taken out of service 1954

    Scrapped 1957

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. Covers Page 1     (1913-17)



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

3rd Commissioning April 29 1909 to October 29 1918


Locy Type




Locy Type
3 (AC)


Romantic postcard


Locy Type
3 (AC)


Romantic postcard


Locy Type
3 (AC)


Censored wartime (WWI) use


Locy Type
3 (BC)





Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Nashville, Tennessee



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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