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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.

    Newport Class Gunboat
    Keel Laid May 1896 - Launched June 3 1897

  1. USS PRINCETON Gunboat No. 13
    Commissioned May 27 1898 - Decommissioned June 12 1903
    Recommissioned May 12 1905 - Decommissioned July 3 1907
    Recommissioned November 5 1909 - Decommissioned February 20 1917
    Commissioned January 16 1918
    Used as Training Ship May 9 1918 - April 25 1919
    Decommissioned April 25 1919

    Struck from Naval Register June 23 1919
    Sold November 13 1919 to Farrell, Kane and Stratton of Seattle, WA

    Fate unknown

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     (1901-10)



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

1st Commissioning May 27 1898 to June 12 1903


Washington D.C. CDS


JonBurdett princeton pg13 19011014.jpg
JonBurdett princeton pg13 19011014 back.jpg

Incoming mail - Multiple forwarding

3rd Commissioning November 5 1909 to February 20 1917


Locy Type
1u (AC)


JonBurdett princeton pg13 19101025 pm.jpg
JonBurdett princeton pg13 19101025.JPG



Other Information

NAMESAKE - The city of Princeton, New Jersey



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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