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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.

    Porter Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 2 January 1934 - Launched 18 July 1935

  1. USS PHELPS DD-360
    Commissioned 26 February 1936 - Decommissioned 6 November 1945

    Stricken 28 January 1947
    Sold 10 August 1947 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. USS Phelps DD-360 Covers Page 1    (1936-1945)



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



First Day Postal Service. Cachet by John E. Gill, sponsored by the Old Ironsides Chapter No. 1, USCS


Locy Type 2z*




Locy Type
3 (AC-BBT)





Locy Type
3r (B-BBT)


USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-67b


R/S marking on back from Cachetmaker M. B. Owens


Locy Type 3z




Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3


Cachet and cancel by Sibley's Dept. Store (Hobby Shop)


Other Information

USS PHELPS earned 12 battle stars for her WWII service

USS PHELPS was at Pearl Harbor December 7 1941

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral Thomas Stowell Phelps, USN (2 November 1822 – 1901)
Thomas Stowell Phelps, Sr. was born in Buckfield, Maine, 2 November 1822. He served the Navy from 1840 to 1884, attaining the rank of Captain in 1871 and Rear Admiral in 1884. He served in the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and the Pacific, and commanded USS Juniata during the capture of Fort Fisher in January 1865. He served as Commandant of Mare Island Navy Yard from 15 Jan 1881 until 15 March 1883.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Richard A. Kearny.



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