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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.

    Cleveland Class Light Cruiser
    Keel Laid 28 June 1943 - Launched 20 September 1944

    Commissioned 25 June 1945 - Decommissioned 15 June 1949

    Struck from Naval Register 15 January 1971
    Sold 21 March 1974 for scrap
Portsmouth CL102 Crest.jpg

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 Portsmouth CL-102 Covers Page 1     (1944-1946)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Portsmouth CL102 19460323 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Portsmouth CL102 19460323 1 Front.jpg



Other Information

USS PORTSMOUTH earned the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the World War II Occupation Medal w/ Europe (Germany) Clasp during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Portsmouth, NH.

The ships sponsors were Mrs. Marian M. Dale and Mrs. Sarah B. Leigh.

Four ships of the US Navy have borne the name PORTSMOUTH - USS Portsmouth (1798, 24-gun ship), USS Portsmouth (1843, Sloop-of-War), USS Portsmouth CL-102, and USS Portsmouth SSN-707.



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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