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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.

    Arkansas Class Monitor
    Keel Laid April 17 1899
    Launched November 24 1900 as CONNECTICUT
    Renamed January 1901

  1. USS NEVADA (Monitor)
  2. Commissioned March 5 1903
    Placed in Reduced Commission August 20 1906

  3. USS TONOPAH (Monitor)
  4. Renamed March 2 1909
    Returned to Full Commission May 14 1909
    Operated as Submarine Tender c1913-1914
    Decommissioned January 1919

  6. Designated Monitor BM-8 July 17 1920, while in reserve

    Sold January 26 1922 to J. G. Hitner of Philadelphia, PA 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 Tonopah Covers Page 1    (1909-1919)



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 1


Courtesy of the Jim Myerson collection.


Locy Type P
[dial of T-1, bars of T-3]



Courtesy of the Jim Myerson collection.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Originally named for the State of Connecticut, then the State of Nevada, then the city of Tonopah, Nevada to release the name for NEVADA Battleship No.36



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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