PITTSBURGH CA 4

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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.

    Pennsylvania Class Armored Cruiser
    Keel Laid 7 August 1901 - Launched 22 August 1903

  1. USS PENNSYLVANIA Armored Cruiser No. 4
  2. Commissioned 9 March 1905 - Decommissioned 1 July 1911

  3. USS PITTSBURGH ACR-4
  4. Renamed 27 August 1912
    Recommissioned 20 May 1913

  5. USS PITTSBURGH CA-4
  6. Designated Heavy Cruiser (CA) 17 July 1920
    Decommissioned 15 October 1921
    Recommissioned 2 October 1922 - Decommissioned 10 July 1931

    Struck from Naval Register 26 October 1931
    Sold 21 December 1931 for scrap

 

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Pennsylvania ACR-4 covers Page 1    (1909-1911)
  2. USS Pittsburgh ACR-4 / CA-4 Covers Page 1    (1914-1929)

 

Postmarks

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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link
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Postmark Image
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Cover Image

1st Commissioning 9 March 1905 to 1 July 1911

USS PENNSYLVANIA Armored Cruiser No. 4


 

Locy Type
1s (C)

1910-05-16

GregCiesielski Pennsylvania ACR4 19100516 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pennsylvania ACR4 19100516 1 Back.jpg

Picture postcard entitled "U.S. Sailor's Life - Music on Board"


 

Locy Type 2

1911-09-21

GregCiesielski Pennsylvania ACR4 19110921 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pennsylvania ACR4 19110921 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9v (C)

1909-11-29

GregCiesielski Pennsylvania ACR4 19091129 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pennsylvania ACR4 19091129 1 Front.jpg

Official Business. From the Bob Reisinger collection.


 

Official Business
Marking

1909-11-29

GregCiesielski Pennsylvania ACR4 19091129 1 Marking.jpg
GregCiesielski Pennsylvania ACR4 19091129 1 Front.jpg

Unique "named" Official Business marking. From the Bob Reisinger collection.



2nd Commissioning 20 May 1913 to 15 October 1921

USS PITTSBURGH Armored Cruiser No. 4


 

Locy Type
1u (C)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-31b

1918-02-25

GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19130225 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19130225 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (BC)

1914-01-03

JonBurdett pittsburg ca4 19140103 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pittsburg ca4 19140103.JPG

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (A)

1917-05-29

JonBurdett pittsburgh ca4 19170529 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pittsburgh ca4 19170529.jpg

Censored WWI use


 

Locy Type
6

1929-08-08

JonBurdett pittsburgh ca4 19290808 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pittsburgh ca4 19290808.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7

1921-02-15

GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19210215 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19210215 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

USPO
Machine Cancel

San Francisco CA

1918-07-02

GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19180702 1 Front.jpg

No Image

Incoming Officer's mail



3rd Commissioning October 2 1922 to July 10 1931

USS PITTSBURGH CA-4


 

Locy Type
3

"MANILA /
P.I."

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus P-31

1928-12-27

GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19281227 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19281227 1 Back.jpg

This is a Japanese card commemorating the Grand Naval Review celebrating the emperor's accession to the throne. There were two such events, one in 1915 (Taisho or Yoshihito), and one in 1928 (Show a or Hirohito). Since this card was dated December 1928 and the ships and planes are clearly late 1920s vintage, this has to be the latter, or Showa Ascendancy.


 

Locy Type
3

"MANILA /
P.I."

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-31

1928-12-27

GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19281227 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19281227 1 Back.jpg

This is a Japanese card commemorating the Grand Naval Review celebrating the emperor's accession to the throne. There were two such events, one in 1915 (Taisho or Yoshihito), and one in 1928 (Showa or Hirohito). Since this card was dated December 1928 and the ships and planes are clearly late 1920s vintage, this has to be the latter, or Showa Ascendancy.


 

Locy Type
3

"SHANGHAI /
CHINA"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-31

1929-06-16

GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19290616 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19290616 1 Front.jpg

Sailor's mail.


 

Locy Type
3

"ANTWERP /
BELGIUM"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-31a

1924-08-05

GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19240805 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19240805 1 Front.jpg

Sailor's mail.


 

Locy Type
3s (A)

"BEIRUT /
SYRIA"

1924-02-25

JonBurdett pittsburgh ca4 19240228 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pittsburgh ca4 19240228.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3s

"SHANGHAI /
CHINA"

1929-12-12

GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19291212 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19291212 1 Front.jpg

Official Business.


 

Locy Type
3s

"SHANGHAI /
CHINA"

1930-05-23

GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19300523 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19300523 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type P

"U.S.S. /
PITTSBURGH"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-31e

1927-02-18

GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19270218 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19270218 1 Front.jpg

"U.S. ASIATIC FLEET" in dial and Official Business mail.


 

Locy Type
LDPS 5hks

"LAST DAY IN /
COMMISSION"

1931-07-29

GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19310729 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pittsburgh CA4 19310729 1 Front.jpg

Last Day of Postal Service

 

Other Information

NAMESAKE - (PENNSYLVANIA) - Named for the State of Pennsylvania

NAMESAKE - (PITTSBURGH) - Named for the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Used for Flight Deck testing from late 1910 to early 1911.
Used in Weapons Testing after decommissioning.

Four ships of the US navy have borne the name PENNSYLVANIA - USS Pennsylvania (1837 130-gun Ship of the Line), USS Pennsylvania ACR-4, USS Pennsylvania BB-38 and USS Pennsylvania SSBN-735.

Five ships of the US Navy have borne the name PITTSBURGH - USS Pittsburgh (1861 Ironclad Gunboat), USS Pittsburgh CA-4, USS Pittsburgh CA-72, USS Pittsburgh SSN-720 and USS Pittsburgh LPD-31.

 


 

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