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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.

    Paulding Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid July 24 1909 - Launched April 12 1910

    Commissioned September 29 1910 - Decommissioned August 1919
    Loaned to U.S. Coast Guard April 28 1924

    Commissioned 1924
    Returned to U.S. Navy October 18 1930

    Struck from Naval Register June 28 1934
    Sold 1934and broken up for scrap
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Naval Covers

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  1. Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



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.
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USPO Type 8

Newport News VA


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Manuscript ship's name.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral Hiram Paulding, USN (December 11 1797 – October 20 1878)
The son of John Paulding, Paulding was born in Cortland, New York. He was appointed Midshipman on September 1, 1811. During the War of 1812, he served on Lakes Ontario and Champlain, commanding the second division from TICONDEROGA during the Battle of Lake Champlain. After the war he served in CONSTELLATION, off the Algerian coast, and in INDEPENDENCE, the brig PROMETHEUS, and MACEDONIAN. On his return from service in MACEDONIAN with the Pacific Squadron (1818–1821), he spent a year’s leave at Capt. Alden Partridge’s Military Academy (later Norwich University), Norwich, Vermont. In the ensuing years of the decade he served in SEA GULL on the West Indies station, in UNITED STATES on the Pacific station, in DOLPHIN as that vessel pursued mutineers of the whaler Globe, then returned to UNITED STATES. In 1830 he rejoined CONSTELLATION to serve as 1st Lieutenant, as she cruised the Mediterranean for two years, and in 1834 assumed command of the schooner SHARK for another Mediterranean tour. Appointed to command the sloop-of-war LEVANT in 1838, he made a cruise in the West Indies and in 1841 became Executive Officer of the New York Navy Yard. In 1844, Paulding was promoted to Captain and in 1845 he assumed command of VINCENNES for a three-year East Indian cruise and took command of that station with the departure of Commodore James Biddle for the United States. Between 1848 and 1852 he commanded ST. LAWRENCE in the Baltic, North, and Mediterranean Seas, then assumed command of the Washington Navy Yard. Promoted to Commodore, Paulding took command of the Home Squadron followed aboard the flagship WABASH. The squadron was instrumental in foiling the expedition against Nicaragua underway by American, William Walker, who had dreamed of uniting the nations of Central America into a vast military empire led by himself. Through insurrection, Walker became president of Nicaragua in 1856 only to have Cornelius Vanderbilt — who controlled the country's shipping lifelines — shut off supplies and aid. A revolt toppled Walker from power, and he was trying for a military comeback before he was captured in 1857 by a landing of Home Squadron Marines. Stateside controversy over the questionable legality of seizing American nationals in foreign, neutral lands prompted President James Buchanan to relieve Paulding of his command, forcing him into retirement. In 1861, Paulding was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln to assist in building up a wartime fleet. He then took over the New York Navy Yard. After the war Paulding served as Governor, Naval Asylum at Philadelphia and as Post-Admiral at Boston. Paulding died at Huntington, Long Island, New York, 20 October 1878.

Notable Accident - On Dec. 17, 1927, PAULDING CG-17 was cruising north of Cape Cod when she collided with the submarine USS S-4 SS-109 while she was surfacing. The sub sank, trapping several crew members inside. Despite frantic efforts by the Navy, they were unable to rescue the men before their oxygen ran out. This tragedy made the Navy absolutely determined to develop the technology and expertise to rescue men trapped in a sunken submarine. An inquiry absolved the Coast Guard of blame.



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