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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.

    Annapolis Class Gunboat
    Keel Laid January 17 1896 - Launched December 5 1896
    Delivered June 27 1897

  1. USS VICKSBURG Gunboat No. 11
    Commissioned October 23 1897 - Decommissioned July 15 1904
    Recommissioned May 17 1909 - Decommissioned June 29 1914
    Recommissioned May 1914 - Decommissioned June 1914
    Recommissioned April 13 1917 - Decommissioned October 16 1919
    Transferred October 20 1919 to the Washington State Militia Nautical School

    Designated (PG) July 17 1920

    Struck from Naval Register May 2 1921
    Transferred to U.S. Coast Guard

    Commissioned August 18 1922 - Decommissioned June 7 1930

    Renamed July 1 1936
    Reassigned July 1 1940 as Station Ship at New London, CT

  5. USCG BETA WIX-272
    Designated (WIX) 1942
    Decommissioned December 30 1944
    Returned to U.S. Navy March 12 1945

    Sold March 28 1946 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 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. Covers Page 1     (1911)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

2nd Commissioning May 17 1909 to June 29 1914


Locy Type




Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi

NAMESAKE - Alexander Hamilton, first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury



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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