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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.

    New Orleans Class Protected Cruiser
    Keel Laid as "AMAZONAS" 1895 for the Brazilian Navy - Launched 4 December 1896
    Acquired by US Navy 16 March 1898

  1. USS NEW ORLEANS Protected Cruiser
  2. Commissioned 18 March 1898 - Decommissioned 6 February 1905
    Recommissioned 15 November 1909

  4. Reclassified Gunboat (PG) 17 July 1920

  6. Reclassified Light Cruiser (CL) 8 August 1921
    Decommissioned 16 November 1922

    Struck from Naval Register 13 November 1929
    Sold 11 February 1930 for scrap

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 New Orleans Protected Cruiser / PG-34 / CL-22 Covers Page 1     (1910-1911)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

1st Commissioning 18 March 1898 to 6 February 1905


Philippines Duplex

Cavite P.I.


Protected Cruiser

2nd Commissioning 15 November 1909 to 16 November 1922


Locy Type 1u


Protected Cruiser


Other Information

USS NEW ORLEANS earned the Spanish Campaign Medal, the Philippine Campaign Medal, the Cuban Pacification Medal, the China Relief Expedition Medal, the Mexican Service Medal and the World War I Victory Medal w/ Escort Clasp during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Four ships of the US Navy have borne the name NEW ORLEANS - USS New Orleans CL-22, USS New Orleans CA-32, USS New Orleans LPH-11 and USS New Orleans LPD-18.



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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