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Le PHOCEA yacht

This stamp issued by Djibouti shows us two mystery vessel one the famous FLYING DUTCHMAN which is on more stamps and a yacht the Le PHOCEA which is still sailing (2017)
Built as a four masted steel hulled yacht by DCAN at Toulon (or Toulouse) for Alain Colas in 1976.
She was designed by Michel Biogin.
Launched as the CLUB MÉDITERRANÉE.
Tonnage 530 grt ton. Dim. 75.0 x 9.58 x 6.24m. (draught).
Sail area 1648 square meter.
Auxiliary engine: Pielstick diesel, 600 kW.

The PHOCEA was the World's largest sailing yacht before the 2004 launching of Athena by Royal Huisman. She was built at the Toulon Naval Dockyard in 1976 for renowned single-handed yachtsman Alain Colas, who named her CLUB MÉDITERRANÉE. She was converted to charter and renamed LA VIE CLARE with a new Jorg Biederbeck interior design and a new Tim Heywood exterior design. Shortly after competing in the Observer Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race she was converted into the charter yacht CLUB MÉDITERRANÉE.

In July 1997, PHOCEA was purchased by Mouna Ayoub and modernized at Lürssen. Whilst retaining her unmistakable identity, she has received major interior and exterior enhancements by British naval architect Butch Dalrymple-Smith. The interiors feature wood panelling and furniture designed by David Linley. The Owner's Suite is situated on the main deck whilst the VIP guest cabin and four other double cabins, all with full ensuite facilities, are located on the lower deck. She won the 1999 ShowBoats award for best refit.
Ayoub's ex-husband Nasser Al-Rashid partly paid for the $17 million refit of the PHOCEA with the sale of "The Mouna", a 112 carat (22.4 g) record-breaking diamond.[4]

PHOCEA crashed into rocks off Sardinia in August 2005 while the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were aboard. Three people were seriously injured. The yacht was damaged below the waterline.
As cruise yacht she has accommodation for 12 passengers and 15 crew.

SOUTH SEAS MYSTERY: Super yacht Phocea.
A tale involving a seized super yacht in Vanuatu and a mystery after-hours jet landing in Papua New Guinea is turning into an international intrigue with few clues offered to what is really going on.

Suspected of illegal activities, the 75-metre long four-masted yacht Phocea has been under arrest in Port Vila harbour since it arrived from Italy, via Panama and Tonga, on July 2012.

A Thai with a Vanuatu diplomatic passport, Vu Anh Quan Saken, reputedly owns it, but the Vanuatu Government cannot establish if it is registered anywhere.

So it sits, stateless, in Vila harbour at the height of the cyclone season.

Phocea caused political uproar in both Tonga and Vanuatu after cabinet ministers went aboard it before it had even cleared customs.

Five women from the Philippines and Serbia were flown from New Zealand to Tonga to join it and there have been unconfirmed reports of diamonds, sacks of cash and illicit drugs.

The latest twist is unfolding in Papua New Guinea where, late on Thursday night, a Boeing Business Jet – a modified 737 – landed at Jackson Airport after its offices were closed.

Quan Saken, a principal in a company known as Amazonia Of The Pacific which is attempting to market agricultural produce internationally, was aboard with another Asian, also with a Vanuatu diplomatic passport, Saken Henry. The relationship of the two men is unknown but Vanuatu police have been trying to talk to them in connection with the mysterious Phocea arrival in July.

Also at the airport was Vanuatu's Foreign Minister Alfred Carlot on an unannounced "private mission".

The PNG National paper today quoted PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill saying investigations were continuing into the unexpected landing.

"Its crew and certain individuals on board were being questioned by relevant government agencies as part of the investigation," O'Neill said.

The jet has been allowed to leave with its passengers, but its destination is unknown.

The newspaper said the jet, an International JetClub Ltd jet registered N111, had flown in from the Maldives.

Meanwhile, the going no where Phocea continues to attract tourist attention in Port Vila.

The Vanuatu Daily Post says the government there would like it to leave, but its paperwork is out of order and no one can establish where it is registered.

The newspaper says local authorities have discovered that Phocea had been registered in Luxembourg, France, Vanuatu and Malta when legally a ship must be registered in one country alone.

Phocea was built in Toulon in 1976 for yachtsman Alain Colas who called her Club Mediterranee. She competed in a Trans-Atlantic race for Colas, came second. Colas disappeared at sea the following year.

In 1982 French business man Bernard Tapie bought Phocea and had her converted to a private yacht at great expense. Tapie christened her Phocea, in honour of the Phoenicians who founded Marseilles where she was refitted.

Tapie later went to jail over corruption offences and in 1997 French Lebanese socialite Mouna Ayoub purchased the yacht – after she sold one of her diamonds, the largest yellow diamond in the world, and several other lesser jewels to pay for the $17 million refit ... ss-Pacific

She has now an MTU auxiliary engine of 1,056 hp., speed under engine around 12 knots, under sail 12-18 knots.
2017 In service, IMO No 8942797, where she is registered I believe the Cayman Islands.

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Source: Wikipedia and various internet sites,

093 type Chinese submarine

Information on Chinese warships is mostly very vague and incorrect and that is the same with the 093 type submarine depict on this stamp. Wikipedia has the following on the “type 093 “ submarine.
Built as a nuclear-powered attack submarine by China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation Bohai Shipyard, Huludao, China for the People’s Liberation Army Navy.
Two of this type has been built which were launched in 2002/03
Displacement 7,000 ton, dim. 110 x 11 x 7.5m (draught)
Powered by pressurized water nuclear reactor, ?hp, speed 30 knot.
Armament; 6 – 533 or 650mm torpedo tubes with Vertical launching System (VLS), 12 cells YJ-18 missiles.
Completed ?, only two of this type has been built.

The Type 093 (Chinese designation: 09-III; NATO reporting name: Shang-class) is a class of nuclear-powered attack submarines deployed by the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Submarine Force. The improved Type 093G (reported as Type 093A by Western analysts[4]) is longer than the Type 093. The 093G is now confirmed having a vertical launching system (VLS) for YJ-18 supersonic anti-ship missiles, and anti-ship variants of the CJ-10 cruise missile.
They are constructed at the Bohai Shipyard in Huludao. These boats are expected to replace the older Type 091 submarines.

Global reports that development of the Type 093 began in the early 1980s. However, Admiral Liu Huaqing wrote in his memoirs that development began in 1994; this followed President Jiang Zemin's continued support for nuclear submarine development after the launch of the final Type 091 in 1990. Erickson and Goldstein suggest that the Yinhe incident in 1993, and continued tensions with Taiwan, also drove approval of the program.
The Type 093 was designed in the late 1980s/early 1990s, and launched in 2002 and 2003. Only two Type 093s were built, as they are considered noisy and expensive, though much an improvement over the 1960s era Type 091 SSN.
In 2013, it was understood that four improved Type 093s were at various stages of construction, including one which had already been launched in 2012. In December 2014, Chinese media reported that two Type 093Gs may have been completed. In May 2015, Chinese media reported three Type 093Gs were completed and awaiting delivery.
Analysts speculate that no further Type 093s will be built due to the development of the Type 095 submarine.
The Type 093 is estimated to be roughly 7,000 t displacement when submerged, 110 metres (360 ft) long with a beam of 11 metres (36 ft). Commercial imagery suggests the Type 093G is longer. The sonar suite includes H/SQC-207 flank-mounted sonar. The boat may also use a seven-blade asymmetric propeller.
The powerplant is speculated to be two pressurized water reactors. In 2002, Chinese sources said the Type 093 was powered by a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor, but the immaturity of the technology makes this unlikely.
The Type 093 is armed with six torpedo tubes; reports conflict on whether these are 553 mm or 650 mm tubes. The Type 093 has been said to be armed with the YJ-12 or YJ-82 anti-ship missiles. Anti-ship cruise missiles may also be future options.
Chinese sources say the Type 093G includes a vertical launching system for YJ-18 anti-ship missiles, and a longer teardrop hull with a "wing-shaped cross-section" for improved speed and stealth. Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo has said the Type 093G may carry 12 anti-ship variants of the CJ-10 cruise missile.
In 2002, Chinese sources said the Type 093's noise level was on par with the improved Los Angeles-class. In 2004, Chinese sources said the Type 093 was on par with Project 971 (NATO reporting name Akula), at 110 decibels. In 2009, USN ONI listed the Type 093 as being noisier than Project 671RTM (NATO reporting name Victor III) which entered service in 1979.
Chinese media say the Type 093G is quieter than the shorter Type 093 due to an altered hull form.
There are two suspected variants of the Type 093. One, as noted above is the Type 093G, the cruise missile variant. This and the fast attack variant, might be able to launch the YJ-18 anti-ship cruise missile and a naval version of the DF-10 long-range land-attack cruise missile. The second variant is the Type 093A, which will be or are the third and subsequent three boats. These are stretched versions of the two original Shang-class boats: possibly in an attempt to accommodate a Dry Dock Shelter for special forces.

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Shimakaze (Island Wind) was a one-off super-destroyer built for the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. She was armed with six 127 mm (5.0 in) dual-purpose guns and conventional anti-aircraft and anti-submarine weaponry. More importantly, she was the only Japanese destroyer to be armed with 15 torpedo tubes, each capable of firing the deadly 610 mm (24 in) Type 93 "Long Lance" torpedo. The ship was a testbed for an enormously powerful, high-temperature, high-pressure steam engine that was able to develop 79,240 shp (59,090 kW). This made her one of the fastest destroyers in the world: her designed speed was 39 kn (72 km/h; 45 mph), but on trials she made 40.9 kn (75.7 km/h; 47.1 mph).

Ordered in 1939 under the 4th Naval Armaments Supplement Programme, Shimakaze was laid down in Maizuru Naval Arsenal in August 1941 and completed on 10 May 1943.
Japan had intended to lay down 16 similar destroyers, with long-term plans—the 5th Naval Armaments Supplement Programme—for a total of 32 to equip four destroyer squadrons, but a lack of industrial capacity prevented them from being realized.

In June 1943, Shimakaze participated in the evacuation of Japanese troops from Kiska Island towards the end of the Aleutian Islands campaign. She was present in June 1944 at the Battle of the Philippine Sea. In October 1944, the destroyer was present at the Battle of Leyte Gulf, although she played no role in the battle except for picking up survivors from the sunken battleship Musashi. While serving as the flagship of Destroyer Squadron 2 under the command of Rear Admiral Mikio Hayakawa, she was attacked and sunk by American aircraft from Task Force 38 on 11 November 1944 during the Battle of Ormoc Bay.


IVAN AIVAZOVSKY painting of a shipswreck

Romania issued four stamps in 2017 depicting marine landscapes in paintings, only the 15l depict a part of a mast of a shipwrecked vessel, on which some people cling. Could not find anything on the wreck, so most probably it is an artist imagination of a shipwreck. The painting is in the National Art Museum in Bucharest, Romania.

Considered the Marine Landscape Master, Ivan Aivazovsky created paintings of the same theme, the sea. Aivazovsky was the one who introduced the marine landscapes in Russian art, making this one of the important moments of the 19th century plastic art history. This year we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great painter. One of the paintings of the great lover of the sea, “Shipwreck” is illustrated on the stamp with the face value of Lei 15.
In ultramarine blue tones to shades of green, quiet or full of storm, crystalline or charged and dark, so is the sea rendered in the paintings of Aivazovsky.
Yet Aivazoksi’s marines do not copy nature, they are always rendered in connection with all the other elements, resulting in the veracity of images created. ... e&id=37758
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Built in Montserrat, cargo ship, Gt:95.
07-02-1992 ran aground (wrecked) no more info.

(Montserrat 1989, $1.15, StG.794)

Salt Lake City (SSN-716) submarine

USS Salt Lake City (SSN-716), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Salt Lake City, Utah. The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on 15 September 1977 and her keel was laid down on 26 August 1980. She was launched on 16 October 1982 sponsored by Mrs. Kathleen Garn, and commissioned on 12 May 1984, with Commander Richard Itkin in command.

Actor Scott Glenn trained aboard, and was installed as (honorary) commander for a brief time, aboard Salt Lake City in preparation for his part as Bart Mancuso, Captain of the USS Dallas in the film The Hunt for Red October.

Salt Lake City was featured in The History Channel's Mail Call when R. Lee Ermey answered viewer questions about life inside a submarine.

On 22 October 2004, Salt Lake City returned from a deployment with the Stennis carrier strike group in the western Pacific Ocean, after surging, over a month ahead of schedule, in support of Summer Pulse '04. Port calls during the deployment included Guam, Sasebo, Yokosuka, Singapore, and Oahu, Hawaii.

Salt Lake City conducted an inactivation ceremony in San Diego on 26 October 2005, then departed for a transit under the polar ice. On 15 January 2006 she was decommissioned at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Over a year later, the hulk was taken under tow, arriving on 8 May 2007 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, where she will be recycled and scrapped.


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