RELIEF Hospital Ship

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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.

    Hospital Ship
    Built 1896 as Steel Passenger Liner JOHN ENGLIS
    Acquired U.S. Army 1898 for Spanish-American War service as Hospital Ship

    Commissioned 1898
    Transferred to U.S. Navy November 13 1902

    Commissioned February 6 1908 - Decommissioned June 10 1910
    Placed in service as Stationary Hospital Ship at Olongapo, P.I.
    Name lost to new construction (AH-1) 1917
    Renamed REPOSE April 11 1918

  3. REPOSE (Merchant Service)
    Sold May 15 1919

  4. HAI NING (Merchant Service)
    Sold (Date unknown) renamed

  5. MINDANAO (Merchant Service)
    Sold (Date unknown) renamed

  6. LANAO (Philippine Merchant Service)
    Transferred to Philippine registry 1937 renamed

    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 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. Relief Hospital Ship Covers Page 1    (1938)



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


USPO Machine Cancel

Washington DC


GregCiesielski Relief 19000607 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Relief 19000607 1 Back.jpg

Incoming mail to the US Hospital Ship RELIEF.


Other Information

USS Relief earned the World War I Victory Medal during her Naval career.



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