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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.

    Built 1899 as HAMBURG
    Chartered by the Red Cross 1914 and renamed RED CROSS
    Acquired by U.S. Navy August 16 1917 name restored

  1. USS HAMBURG SP-3013
    Commissioned August 16 1917

    Renamed September 5 1917
    Decommissioned September 2 1919
    Transferred to U.S. Army Transport Service

  3. NEW ROCHELLE (Commercial Service)
    Chartered 1920 by the Baltic Steam Ship Corp. of America and renamed

    Transferred 1921 to United States Mail Steamship Co. and renamed
    Transferred 1921 to the United States Lines

    Renamed 1922

    Scrapped 1928

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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     (1918-19)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type


JonBurdett powhatan sp3013 19180905 pm.jpg
JonBurdett powhatan sp3013 19180905.jpg

Censored wartime (WWI) use


Other Information

NAMESAKE - An Indian chief (1550–1618), father of Pocahontas; he headed a confederation of tribes in tidewater Virginia in the late 16th and early 17th century



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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