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Postmaster General (SP 2364)

Harbor Passenger Steamer:

  • Built in 1898 by Robert Palmer and Sons, Noank, CT
  • Acquired by the Navy 28 February 1918
  • Commissioned 20 June 1918 at New York
  • Struck from the Navy Register 6 May 1919 and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 434 t.
  • Length 145'
  • Beam 31' 2"
  • Draft 7' 9"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement: Six
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 500hp vertical compound steam engine, one shaft
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    Size Image Description Source
    Postmaster General 98k Photographed prior to her World War I Navy service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102140
    Naval Historical Center
    Postmaster General 63k Photographed circa 1917. Of the two ornate inscriptions on the bow, the larger reads 'U.S. Mail' and the smaller, in the dark ribbon, reads 'Postmaster General'
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105605
    Robert Hurst

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Postmaster General (SP-2364) was built in 1898 by Robert Palmer and Sons, Noank, Conn.; chartered by the Navy from Harbor Steamboat Co., New Rochelle, N.Y. 28 February 1918; and commissioned at New York 20 June 1918, Chief Boatswain Edward Cunningham, USNRF, in command.

    During World War I Postmaster General served with the 3rd Naval District patrol forces on mail duty. She was returned to her owner at New York 6 May 1919.

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