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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.

    River Gunboat
    Pre-constructed at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA, 1912
    Dismantled and shipped to Shanghai Dock and Engineering Co., Shanghai, China
    Keel Laid 28 April 1913 - Launched 23 April 1914

  1. USS PALOS Gunboat No. 16
  2. Commissioned 24 June 1914

  3. USS PALOS PG-16
  4. Designated as a Patrol Gunboat (PG) 17 July 1920

  6. Reclassified River Gunboat (PR) 15 June 1928
    Decommissioned 21 May 1937

    Struck from Naval Register 21 May 1937
    Sold 3 June 1937 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 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. USS Palos PR-1 Covers Page 1    (1918-1931)



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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type 1z


As Gunboat No. 16. Courtesy of the Henry Sweets collection.


Locy Type


As Gunboat No. 16


Locy Type
3 (B-BBT)



As PR-1
Navy Day, Postmark on back exactly like the front postmark. Cachet by John Coulthard, Sponsored by Deane C. (DC) Bartley


Locy Type
3 (B-BBT)



Back side of the Oct 27 1936 cover


Locy Type
3rs (AC)



As PR-1


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for Palos de la Frontera in Spain, the place where Christopher Colombus started the first voyage to America.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name PALOS - USS PALOS (Gunboat) and USS Palos PR-1



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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