PUTNAM DD 287

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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.

    Clemson Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 30 June 1919 - Launched 30 September 1919

  1. USS PUTNAM Destroyer No. 287
    Commissioned 18 December 1919

  2. USS PUTNAM DD-287
    Designated (DD) 17 July 1920 - Decommissioned 1 May 1930

    Struck from Naval Register 22 October 1930

  3. TEAPA (Merchant Service) Sold 17 January 1931 and renamed
    Operated as Banana Carrier 1931-32
    Operated as Army Freighter 1942-45
    Operated as Banana Carrier 1947-51
    Sold May 1955

    Fate unknown

 

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Putnam DD-287 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)

 


Postmarks

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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.
 
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
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Postmark Image
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Locy Type
3(AC)

"CUBAN /
WATERS"

1920-02-26

GregCiesielski Putnam DD287 19200226 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Putnam DD287 19200226 1 Back.jpg

Postcard. From the Jay Milewski collection.


 

Locy Type
3(AC)

"VERACRUZ /
MEXICO"

1920-06-09

GregCiesielski Putnam DD287 19260609 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Putnam DD287 19260609 1 Back.jpg

Real-photo postcard of the post office building, Veracruz, Mexico


 

Locy Type
3(AC)

"VERACRUZ /
MEXICO"

1920-06-09

GregCiesielski Putnam DD287 19260609 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Putnam DD287 19260609 1 Back.jpg

Real-photo postcard of the post office building, Veracruz, Mexico


 

Locy Type
3s (A)

1929-02-09

GregCiesielski Putnam DD287 19290209 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Putnam DD287 19290209 1 Back.jpg

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Other Information

NAMESAKE - Master Charles Flint Putnam, USN (1 December 1854 – 1882)
Putnam entered the Naval Academy at the age of 14. Upon his request at graduation in 1873, he was ordered to the Far East in KEARSARGE, serving in that vessel with the Asiatic Squadron until 1875. Master Putnam was stationed at San Francisco in 1876 and was attached to schoolship Jamestown in 1877–78. In 1879 he joined the Coast Survey Steamer HASSLER in the North Pacific. Putnam volunteered in 1881 for service in RODGERS, fitted out to search for JEANETTE, which had been lost in the Arctic on an expedition to reach the North Pole. When RODGERS burned at St. Lawrence Bay, Siberia, November 30 1881, Putnam took supplies to the survivors on dog sledes. On his return to his depot at Cape Serdze, he missed his way in a blinding snow storm January 10 1882, drifted out to sea on an ice-floe and was never heard from again.

Two US Navy ships have been named in his honor; USS Putnam DD-287 and USS Putnam DD-757.

 


 

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