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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.

    Chester Class Scout Cruiser
    Keel Laid 28 August 1905 - Launched 27 July 1907

  1. USS SALEM Scout Cruiser No. 3
  2. Commissioned 1 August 1908
    Placed In Reserve and assigned as Receiving Ship
            Boston Navy Yard 20 April - 7 October 1912
    Placed in Reduced Commission 8 October 1912
    Commissioned (Full) 23 April 1914 - Placed In Reserve 1 December 1914
    Assigned as Receiving Ship Boston Navy Yard 12 March 1915 - 21 May 1916
    Decommissioned 2 December 1916 - Recommissioned 21 April 1917
    Decommissioned 23 April 1917 for overhaul - Recommissioned 25 July 1917
    Assigned as Convoy Submarine Chaser 28 March 1918

  4. Redesignated Light Cruiser (CL) 17 July 1920
    Decommissioned 16 August 1921

    Stricken 13 November 1929
    Sold 11 February 1930 for scrap

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. USS Salem CL-3 Covers Page 1    (1908-1920)



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

Post office established 2 September 1908 - Disestablished 1912


Locy Type 1


USS Salem stationary.


Locy Type
1y (RECD)



Post office reestablished 1914 - Disestablished 21 September 1916


Locy Type 2r




Locy Type
3b (AC-XOX)



Picture postcard from Veracruz Mexico.

Post office reestablished 28 September 1917 - Disestablished 16 August 1921


Locy Type 3r





Other Information

USS SALEM earned the Dominican Campaign Medal, the Mexican Service Medal and the World War I Victory Medal w/ ATLANTIC FLEET Clasp during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Salem, Massachusetts

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name SALEM - USS Salem CL-3, USS Salem CM-11 and USS Salem CA-139.



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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