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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.

    Savannah Class Submarine Tender
    Keel Laid (Date unknown) for Hamburg American Steamship Co.
    Launched April 18 1899 as SAXONIA
    Interned by the US Government 1914
    Renamed June 9 1917
    Ordered converted to Submarine Tender October 1917

  1. USS SAVANNAH Submarine Tender ID-3015
    Commissioned November 3 1917

    Designated (AS) July 17 1920
    Decommissioned December 16 1926

    Struck from Naval Register June 26 1934
    Sold for commercial service September 26 1934

  3. ORBIS (Commercial Service)
    Renamed 1942

    Scrapped 1954 in Japan


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 Savannah AS-8 Covers Page 1     (1922-1926)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type
3 (AC)


Official Business Mail from USS S-27.


Locy Type
3s (AC)


Sailor's Mail from St Thomas, Virgin Islands.


Locy Type




Locy Type


Unreported. The USCS Postmark Catalog does not report a M.O.B. postmark for the USS Savannah. This item is an Naval Mail Clerk Bonding Appointment card.



c 1925


Real-photo postcard of the SAVANNAH and her "flock".


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Savannah, Georgia, the oldest city in Georgia.

Six ships of the US Navy have borne the name SAVANNAH - USS Savannah (1798 1-gun Galley), USS Savannah (1842 Sailing Frigate), USS Savannah AS-8, USS Savannah CL-42,
USS Savannah AOR-4 and USS Savannah LCS-28.

2 ships of the Confederate Navy bore the name SAVANNAH - CSS Savannah (1861 Gunboat) and CSS Savannah (1863 Ironclad)

The first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean was SS SAVANNAH (1819)

The first nuclear-powered merchant ship was NS SAVANNAH (1959-1972)



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