30th Anniversary of Prince Albert I Oceanography Prize.

Monaco issued in 2001 one stamp for The 30th Anniversary of Prince Albert I Oceanography Price, main design is the medal with Prince Albert I, the secondary design element is a ship, first I was thinking the designer intention was to depict a Royal yacht but the rigging is deferent on the after mast between photos of the yachts and the stamp, most probably a mistake of the designer or make the ship looks more attractive.

Prince Albert I used four yachts as research vessel which have all appears on stamps.

HIRONDELLE (I) a 200 ton schooner. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5594&p=11162&hilit=HIRONDELLE#p11162

PRINCESSE ALICE (I) rigged as a three-masted topsail schooner. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7756

PRINCESSE ALICE (II) viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8584

HIRONDELLE (II) viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5596&p=18861#!lightbox[gallery]/0/

The stamp shows a square rigged vessel on both masts but not one research yacht was rigged that way, the most likely vessel is the PRINCESSE ALICE (II), rigged as a topsail schooner, square on the foremast. You can see her anchor-chain going from the hawse pipe to the gunwale but not her anchor which is laying on the forecastle when not in use.

Monaco 2001 9.00 Fr (1.37 Euro) sg?, scott 2214


This stamp issued by Monaca shows us two speedboats of which I have not any information. By the stamp is given by the Monaco Post:

Created in 1997, the Audiovisual Archives of Monaco Association aims to record, collect, restore, protect, conserve, disseminate and showcase all of the sounds, images and audiovisual documents, professional or amateur, relating to the Principality of Monaco. The technical equipment available to the Audiovisual Archives allows the Principality’s audiovisual heritage to be disseminated under the brand “Monaco on film”. Since 2004, the association has been engaged in an initiative to promote film art and culture by organising an annual series of screenings known as “Cinema Tuesdays”.

Monaco 2017 0.71 Euro sg?, scott?


The Review of the Indian Naval Fleet by the President of India, Shri R Venkataraman, off the Gateway of India at Bombay on 15th February 1989 is the 7th Naval Review since. Independence. This great honour, being done to the 'Silent Service' by the Head of the State follows a time-honoured tradition uniquely naval, historical and ceremonial.
The earliest known record of Naval Reviews is that of the British Fleet by King Edward III, which goes back to the year 1415. In those days, such Reviews were held primarily for the Head of the State to satisfy him on the operational readiness of his ships to wage war at sea. Time gradually changed this concept from solely operational to impressive ceremonial with a view to highlight the importance of such historical landmarks.
The President of India in his capacity as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, usually reviews the Indian Fleet once during his tenure as Head of the Republic. The first such Review was by our first President, Dr. Rajendra Prasad on 10 October 1953.
This Review is a clear indicator of the achievements in self-reliance in shipbuilding industry - particularly so for the warships. We have come a long way from the total foreign acquisitions of the sixties to self-reliance in conceiving, designing and building sophisticated warships and submarines in. the eighties.
The Review 89 puts on display an impressive array of ships, aircrafts and submarines which signify the growth of the Indian Navy from a mere fledgling into a mature and capable three-dimensional fighting force, ready to meet any challenge ahead.
Description of Designs:
The stamp depicts a naval task force heading towards its mission and has the Naval ensign on the top left corner. The stamp has adopted a photograph taken by Cdr.D.S Brar of the Indian Navy.

Not any vessel on the stamp has been identified.

Source IndiaPost.
India 1989 6R50 sg 1365, scott?


Norfolk Island and Samoa issued in 1999 both a set of stamps for the 150 years Melanesian Mission, the stamps have been designed after stained glass windows, and the highest value of the set shows one of the vessels of the Melanesian Mission the SOUTHERN CROSS. At all 9 ships have carried the name SOUTHERN CROSS for the mission and 1 is still in service.

The design is not so clear but it shows us a topsail schooner, only two vessels can be the depicted vessel, the SOUTHERN CROSS IV was barquentine rigged, and did not have the rigging as given on the stained glass window, the V was a topsail schooner with a square sail on the foremast that she must be the vessel depict on the stamp. All the other ships of the mission are different.

Built as a steel hulled passenger-cargo vessel under yard no 738 by Armstrong, Withworth & Co, Low Walker on-the-Tyne for the Bishop of Melanesian, London.
11 February 1903 launched as the SOUTHERN CROSS (V). Christened by Mrs. John Selwyn, the widow of the late Bishop Selwyn.
Tonnage 683 ton, dim. 61.16 x 56.1 (bpp) x 9.1 x 3.96m.
Powered by one auxiliary triple expansion steam engine, manufactured by the North Eastern Marine Engineering Comp., Wallsend. 600 hp?, speed 11 knots.
The auxiliary engine were never used unnecessarily, or pressed more than could be avoided, because of the long distances to be covered on the work of the diocese and because of the urgent necessity of conserving the coal supply.
Accommodation for 105 persons.
There was a small chapel on board. In its original shipboard configuration, the 2.5m x 3.0m chapel opened out onto the saloon, which doubled as a congregation space during a service. Bishop Wilson described it as "the little church [which] makes this ship visibly different from all others”.
She was fitted out with two large lifeboats, two cutters and a dinghy.
Building cost £20,000. She was based at Auckland, New Zealand.

25 May 1903 sailed from the River Thames under command of Captain William Sinker, who was for a long time the captain on the ship.
Used as a mission ship in the south Pacific till she was sold for scrap.
March 1933 arrived Auckland and was broken up by Auckland Shipbreaking Co. Ltd.
The paneling of the chapel were rescued or bought by a priest, and carefully reassembled and you can now see in the St Mattheu’s in the City Church in Auckland.

Source: http://www.miramarshipindex.nz and various internet sites.
Norfolk Island 1999 45c/$1.20 sg?, scott?
Solomon Islands 1999 $1.00/1.50 sg?, scott?

GAL INS (Israel)

Built in 1975-’76 by Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness for the Israeli Navy.
Submarine, displacement:420 tonnes (surfaced) 600 tonnes (submerged) length:45 m. (148’) beam:4.7 m. (15’) draught:3.7 m. (12’)
Propulsion:1 shaft 2 × MTU 16V 396 SE 84 diesels:1200 hp. & AEG Generators, 1 × electric motor:1800 hp. 11 kn. surfaced, 17 kn. submerged, complement:32, max. depth:200 m.
Sensors and processing systems: radar Plessey, sonar Plessey. Armament:8 × 533mm. 21” tubes bow. Sub-Harpoon Missiles, NT 37E torpedoes, SAM launcher (removed)

The Type 540 Gal-class submarine is a slightly modified variant of the German HDW Type 206 submarine class (which includes the distinctive dome, or bulge, in the front of the boat), modified for Israeli requirements. The Gal class submarines were built to Israeli specifications at the Vickers shipyards Type 540 at Barrow in Furness in the UK rather than Germany for political reasons. "GAL" (גל - Hebrew for "wave") was the name of the son of Abraham (Ivan) Dror, 3rd commander of the squadron and head of the project.

The Gal class of submarines were the first Israeli Navy submarines built to Israeli Navy specifications. They supplant previous generations of submarines employed from 1958 by the Israeli navy which were refurbished and upgraded boats of the British S class and T class; submarines whose hull designs dated back to the decade before World War II.

Since entering service in the late 1970s, these small but agile and sophisticated submarines were continuously upgraded with newer systems to maintain their technological edge. They were somewhat unusual in that all boats of the class were at one point equipped with six-tube retractable Blowpipe surface-to-air missile launchers controlled from inside the boat, though these were later removed. The Israeli newspaper Maariv reports that Gal-class submarines were active in the 1982 Lebanon War. During 1983 torpedo tube launched Sub-Harpoon anti-ship missiles and associated fire control systems were added to all boats of the Gal class. NT 37E torpedoes were acquired to replace the older Mk 37 models in 1987–88. All extensively overhauled in 1994–95, including improved sensors and fire control system. In the late 1990s, the Gal submarines were replaced with the new, much larger Dolphin-class submarines. The Gal boats were decommissioned in the early 2000s. One was scrapped and two were sent to HDW in Germany in hopes of finding a foreign buyer. When none was found, in October 2007 Gal was shipped back to Haifa, Israel and is now on display in the Israeli Naval Museum. Some changes were made in the submarine to make it accessible to visitors, such as an entrance cut into her side.

Sisterships: INS TANIN, launched 25 October 1976, decommissioned 2002.
INS RAHAV, launched 8 May 1977, decommissioned 1997.

(Israel 2017, 2.50 sh, StG.?)


The Faroe Islands issued in 1991 a set of stamps to honour the Faroese painter Samal Joenson-Mikines https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A1ma ... en-Mikines

Most of his works are sombre, expressing his fixation with death a suffering after a series of personal tragedies. One of this set of stamps has a maritime theme, the painting “The Farewell” which shows us the mailboat leaving the quay with in the foreground wife’s of the men leaving. The painting was made in 1955 and is now in the Faroe Island Art Museum, Torshavn.

Source: Internet.
Faroe Island 1991 370 ore sg?. scott 229


For the 150th Anniversary of the Budapest Ketten (Chain) Bridge https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chain_Bridge_(Budapest)

Hungary issued a miniature sheet in 1999, which shows the bridge and passing under the bridge a paddle steamer.
The MS has near the paddle steamer the inscription OROSZ but a paddlesteamer under that name I could not find, most probably the stamp designer name. The stylistic paddle steamer represent a design of an early paddle steamer used on the Danube River.

Hungary 1999 150 Fl, sgMS?, scott?

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