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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.

    Truxtun Class Torpedo Boat Destroyer
    Keel Laid 13 November 1899 - Launched 15 August 1901

  1. USS WHIPPLE Torpedo Boat Destroyer #15
    Commissioned 21 October 1902 - Decommissioned 17 July 1919

    Stricken 15 September 1919
    Sold 3 January 1920 into merchant service as Banana Carrier
    Operated through 1956
    Fate unknown

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 Whipple DD-15 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 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


Locy Type 1




Locy Type 1


"Good Luck" postcard

USPS Pictorial Postmark


Pictorial Postmark

"Great White Fleet Station"

Santa Cruz CA


No Image

Cachet commemorates the USS Whipple's participation in the Great White Fleet Cruise 1907-1909. Cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Commodore Abraham Whipple, Continental Navy (26 September 1733 – 27 May 1819)
Whipple, a veteran of the French and Indian War (1754–1763) and the American Revolutionary War hailed from Rhode Island and were among the founders of the town of Marietta, Ohio in his later life.

Three ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor - USS Whipple DD-15, USS Whipple DD-217 and USS Whipple FF-1062.



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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