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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.

    Patrol Gunboat
    Keel Laid March 1887 for the Spanish Navy
    Launched February 1888
    Captured by U.S. Army at Manila Bay June 1898

  1. PAMPANGA Gunboat No. 39
    Commissioned 18 June 1898
    Turned over to U.S. Navy 9 November 1898

  2. USS PAMPANGA Gunboat No. 39
    Commissioned 9 November 1898 - Decommissioned 30 April 1907
    Loaned to U.S. Army 31 December 1908
    Returned to Navy custody 11 November 1910
    Recommissioned 12 April 1911 - Decommissioned 31 May 1915
    Recommissioned 3 January 1916

    Designated (PG) 17 July 1920
    Decommissioned 6 November 1928

    Sunk as target 21 November 1928 off the China coast
    by USS Asheville PG-21 and USS Sacramento PG-19
Pampanga PG39 photo.jpg

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 Pampanga PG-39 Covers Page 1     (1923-1927)



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

4th Commissioning January 3 1916 to November 6 1928


Locy Type 3



JonBurdett pampanga pg39 1928 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pampanga pg39 1928.jpg



Locy Type 9v


GregCiesielski Pampanga PG39 19220222 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pampanga PG39 19220222 1 Front.jpg

Registered, on piece.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Former Spanish Navy name retained. A province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region.



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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