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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.

    Sampson Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 7 February 1916 - Launched 9 December 1916

  1. USS SHAW Destroyer No. 68
    Commissioned 9 April 1917 - Placed into reserve 10 June 1919

  2. USS SHAW DD-68
    Designated (DD) 17 July 1920 - Decommissioned 21 June 1922

    Loaned to US Coast Guard 25 March 1926

  4. USS SHAW DD-68
    Returned to US Navy custody 30 June 1933
    Shaw gave up her name to new construction on 1 November 1933

    Stricken 5 July 1934 - Sold 22 August 1934 and broken up for scrap
Shaw CG22 Photo.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. USS Shaw DD-68 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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type 2z


GregCiesielski Shaw DD68 19180329 1 Front.jpg


Postmark did not originate from SHAW, ship had no postal facilities. Passed by Censor, From the Jim Myerson collection. "On Piece"


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Captain John Shaw, USN (1773 - 17 September 1823)
Shaw was born at Mountmellick, County Laois, Ireland, in 1773, and moved to the United States in 1790, where he settled in Philadelphia, and entered the merchant marine.
         Appointed Lieutenant in the United States Navy on 3 August 1798, he first served in USS Montezuma in Commodore Thomas Truxtun's squadron in the West Indies during the early part of the Quasi-War with France. On 20 October 1799, he was given command of the schooner USS Enterprise in which, during the next year, he captured seven armed French vessels and recaptured several American merchantmen. By the time he was relieved of command due to ill health in October 1800, he had made USS Enterprise one of the most famous vessels of the Navy.
         During the First Barbary War, Shaw commanded frigate USS Adams in the Mediterranean under Commodore John Rodgers from May to November 1804. He was promoted to Captain in August 1807.
         Shaw helped suppress the 1811 German Coast Uprising.
         During the War of 1812, Shaw commanded the New Orleans naval post as well as the frigate USS United States.
         Captain Shaw died at Philadelphia, where he is interred in the Christ Church Burial Ground.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Virginia Kemper Lynch Millard.

Two ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor - USS Shaw DD-68 and USS Shaw DD-373



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