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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.

    Puritan Class Battle Monitor
    Keel Laid 1875 - Suspended 1876
    Resumed 1882 - Launched December 6 1882

    Commissioned December 10 1896
    Operated as Training Ship 1899 - 1902
    Decommissioned to reserve April 16 1903
    Recommissioned June 3 1903 as Receiving Ship at Philadelphia
    Loaned to Washington D.C. Naval Militia 1904 - September 14 1909

    Redesignated Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX) July 21 1921
    Used as Radio Controled Target Ship
    Served as Target Ship designated Target B 1910 - 1917

    Stricken for disposal February 27 1918
    Sold January 22 1922 for scrap
Puritan bm1.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 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     (DATE RANGE)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image








Belgien CDS


JonBurdett puritan 1903.jpg
JonBurdett puritan 1903 back.jpg

Ship Postcard
"The White Squadron - 1 - "
"USS PORTER / Torpedoboat"


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named commemorating the Puritans of New England



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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