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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.

    Clemson Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid September 25 1918 - Launched February 21 1919

    Commissioned September 24 1920 - Decommissioned January 20 1930

    Struck from Naval Register July 8 1930
    Sold 1931 and broken up 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. Covers Page 1     (1929)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type


GregCiesielski PaulHamilton DD307 19250830 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski PaulHamilton DD307 19250830 1 Front.jpg

Sailor's Mail


Locy Type


JonBurdett paulhamilton dd307 19291029 pm.jpg
JonBurdett paulhamilton dd307 19291029.jpg



Locy Type


JohnGermann Paul Hamilton DD307 19280330 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Paul Hamilton DD307 19280330 1 Front.jpg



Other Information

NAMESAKE - Paul Hamilton (October 16 1762 – June 30 1816)
Hamilton was a veteran of the Revolutionary War, following the war, he was a planter and public figure. He served South Carolina in many public offices including state Representative (1787), State Senator (1794), Comptroller (1800), and Governor (1804). In 1809, President James Madison selected Hamilton to become the third Secretary of the Navy. He would serve in this office from May 15 1809 to December 31 1812

The US Navy has honored him with three destroyers named PAUL HAMILTON - USS Paul Hamilton DD-307, "USS Paul Hamilton DD-590" and USS Paul Hamilton DDG-60.
The US Navy first honored him with "USS Hamilton" (Schooner 1812) and in 1942 a Liberty ship was named after him, "SS Paul Hamilton" (Hull Number 227).



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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