PENSACOLA Screw Steamer

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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.

    Screw Steamer
    Launched 15 August 1859

  1. USS PENSACOLA Screw Steamer
  2. Commissioned (Special) 5 December 1859 - Decommissioned 31 January 1860
    Recommissioned (Full) 16 September 1861 - Decommissioned (for improvements) 29 April 1864
    Recommissioned 16 August 1866
    Placed In Ordinary 15 February 1870 - 14 October 1871
    Placed In Ordinary 31 December 1873 - 13 July 1874
    Decommissioned 23 May 1884
    Recommissioned 4 April 1885 - Decommissioned 18 April 1892
    Recommissioned 22 November 1898
    Placed In Ordinary 31 May 1899

  3. USS PENSACOLA (Receiving Ship)
  4. Recommissioned 14 July 1901 - Decommissioned 6 December 1911

    Struck from Naval Registry 23 December 1911
    Burned and sunk May 1912 by the US Navy


Naval Covers

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  1. USS Pensacola Screw steamer Covers Page 1    (1909-1911)



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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
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Cover Image

2nd Commissioning 16 August 1866 to 23 May 1884


Philadelphia PA CDS

New York NY CDS


JonBurdett pensacola c1870.jpg


Incoming mail to USS PENSACOLA at Panama


Boston MA CDS


JonBurdett pensacola c18701129.jpg


Incoming mail to USS PENSACOLA at San Francisco


Philadelphia CDS


JonBurdett pensacola c18701129.jpg


Incoming mail to USS PENSACOLA at Honolulu Hawaii

3rd Commissioning 4 April 1885 to 18 April 1892


Canadian Duplex


GregCiesielski Pensacola 18900717 1 Front.jpg


Incoming mail to LtCmdr. Franklin Hanford, USN


Asbury Park NJ Duplex

New York NY Duplex

London (partial)


JonBurdett pensacola 18901226.jpg
JonBurdett pensacola 18901226 back.jpg

Incoming to ship at London




JonBurdett pensacola 18910315.jpg
JonBurdett pensacola 18910315 back.jpg

Addressed to LtCmdr. Franklin Hanford at Panama. Back stamped (New York?) machine March 17 1891


Valparaiso, Chile CDS


GregCiesielski Pensacola 18910402 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Pensacola 18910402 1 Back.jpg

Mail from George Cooke, Medical Inspector, USN

5th Commissioning 14 July 1901 to 6 December 1911


Locy Type 1


GregCiesielski Pensacola 19090617 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pensacola 19090617 1 Back.jpg



Locy Type
1ay (RECD)

USPO cancel
St. Paul, Minn.
July 23 1909


GregCiesielski Pensacola 19090727 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pensacola 19090727 1 Back.jpg

PENSACOLA "Received" marking is in the middle of this postcard and the postmark illustration is enhanced for better viewing.


Locy Type 2


JonBurdett pensacola 19111117 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pensacola 19111117.jpg



Other Information

USS PENSACOLA received the Civil War Medal for her war service.

NAMESAKE - A bay and city in Escambia County, Fla.



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