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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; Returned to her owner 6 May 1919. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 434 t.; Length 145'; Beam 31' 2"; Draft 8' 6"; Speed 14 kts.; Complement six; Armament none.

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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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