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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.

    Dubuque Class Gunboat
    Keel Laid 22 September 1903 - Launched 11 October 1904

  1. USS PADUCAH Gunboat No. 18
  2. Commissioned 2 September 1905 - Decommissioned 2 March 1919

    Reclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG) 1919 while in reserve
    Recommissioned 16 August 1920 - Decommissioned 9 September 1921

  5. Redesignated Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX) 24 April 1922 while in reserve
    Recommissioned 2 May 1922

  7. Reclassified Patrol Gunboat (PG) 4 November 1940
    Decommissioned 7 September 1945

    Transferred to Maritime Commission 19 December 1946
    Sold to Maria Angelo of Miami, FL
    See "Historical Footnote" at the bottom of the page for the remainder of her civilian history.


Naval Covers

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  1. USS Paducah PG-18 Covers Page 1    (1909-1944)



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.
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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

1st Commissioning 2 September 1905 to 2 March 1919


USPO Duplex Cancel
"Hudson Terminal Sta."
New York NY

USPO Duplex Cancel
Bellevue OH

On the Back -
Bellevue OH REC'D


JonBurdett paducah 19080814.jpg
JonBurdett paducah 19080814 back.jpg

As Gunboat No.18. Mail from sailor.

Post Office Established 29 August 1908 - Post Office Established 6 February 1919


Locy Type 1


JonBurdett paducah pg18 19101118 pm.jpg
JonBurdett paducah pg18 19101118.jpg

Gunboat No.18


Locy Type


JonBurdett paduca pg18 19121129 pm.JPG
JonBurdett paduca pg18 19121129.JPG

Gunboat No.18.


Locy Type
3 (AC)



GregCiesielski Paducah PG18 19140600 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Paducah PG18 19140600 1 Front.jpg

Gunboat No.18. Facing slip. Courtesy of Stewart Milstein.


Locy Type 9v


JonBurdett paducah pg18 19091116 pm.jpg
JonBurdett paducah pg18 19091116.JPG

Gunboat No.18.

3rd Commissioning 2 May 1922 to 7 September 1945


Locy Type



GregCiesielski Paducah PG18 19410827 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Paducah PG18 19410827 1 Front.jpg

PG-18. First Day of Postal Service, Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type


Hoffman Paducah PG 18 19410827 1 pm1.jpg
Hoffman Paducah PG 18 19410827 1 front.jpg

PG-18. Contributed by Jennifer Hoffman. Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
3 (A-BTT)


JonBurdett paducah pg18 19411125 pm.jpg
JonBurdett paducah pg18 19411125.jpg



Locy Type
3z (BTB)


GregCiesielski Paducah PG18 19440412 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Paducah PG18 19440412 1 Front.jpg

PG-18. At this time she was assigned to the Armed Guard Training School, Norfolk VA


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Paducah, Kentucky.

The ships sponsor was Miss Anna May Yeiser.

HISTORICAL FOOTNOTE - After she was sold in Miami, the ship was obtained by the Israeli group Haganah and renamed "GEULA", meaning "Redemption," was taken by a volunteer American crew to Bayonne, France, and from there to Bulgaria. One thousand three hundred eighty eight Jewish refugees were embarked and the ship tried to run the British blockade and bring the refugees to Palestine. She was intercepted on 2 October 1947 and brought to Haifa, where she was left with other captured "illegal" immigrant ships. Because she was a former naval vessel the newly formed Israeli Navy examined her in 1948 for possible service, but she was not in good shape and was not accepted for service. She was refurbished sufficiently to sail as an Israeli merchant vessel and made one trip in late 1948 from Haifa to Naples, Italy. There she was tied up and eventually sold for scrap in 1951.



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