DAPENG SUN LNG carrier

China issued in 2015 four stamps to honour their shipbuilding industry, one of this stamp depicts a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tanker.
Comparing the stamp with photo’s she is one of 6 LNG carriers built from 2008.
I will give the details of the first built, the DAPENG SUN, she was the first LNG carrier built in China. The last the SHEN HAI was delivered in 2012.
Built under yard No H1308A by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Shanghai for Yeu Peng LNG Shipping Co. Ltd. Hong Kong, China, the five sisters were built on the same yard with the same details.
25 December 2002 ordered.
28 June 2005 laid down.
28 December 2005 launched as the DAPENG SUN five sisters the DAPENG MOON, DAPING STAR, MIN RONG, MIN LU and SHEN HAI.
Tonnage 97,871 grt, 29,361 net, 83,050 dwt. Dim. 291.50 x 43.35 x 26.25m. length bpp. 274.10m.
Powered by a Kawasaki UA-400 Type Cross Compound Impulse Turbine, 13,540 kW, one shaft, speed ?
Cargo capacity 147,000 cubic metre, about 70,000 ton of LNG.
03 April 2008 completed with homeport Hong Kong. Building cost US$160 million..

The ship is on a long charter from Australia to Guangdong Province’s Dapeng, China. She will make about two voyages a month.
2015 In service, same name and owners, IMO No 9308479.
After 2012 there were more LNG tankers built in China, she were larger and the funnel colours were different.

China 2015 $1.20 sg?, scott?
Source: http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz. American Bureau of Shipping. http://www.equasis.org

ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK

Antigua Sailing Week started in 1968 when a group of friends got together to hold a regatta. A number of the friends were hoteliers and part of their objective in creating the regatta was to extend the winter season by getting people to stay in Antigua a little longer – or to come specifically to participate in the event which would in turn extend the end of the current season.
So in 1968 the Antigua Hotel Association sponsored the very first Antigua Sailing Week which was held from the 8th through the 15th of June with participating boats from the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Invitations were extended far and wide via travel agents, inviting everyone to come to the ‘Island for All Seasons’ – Antigua. Festivities included a three-day ‘Lord Nelson Regatta’ with sailing yachts of up to 135-feet in length, power boat races, deep sea fishing and Sunfish sailing contests. There was also a two-day race among Antigua’s workboat fishermen whose boats had been freshly painted in bold Caribbean colours specifically for the event.
The Antiguan Government and Antigua Sailing Week Committee went to great lengths to welcome visitors and ensure they had a good time. For those not on the water but looking for a way to be part of the action, there were beach and verandah parties from which the events could be observed; alternatively a small fee could be paid for a spot to race on a participating boat.
On Saturday, June 8, 1968 everyone was invited to watch the finish of the Guadeloupe to English Harbour Race for boats coming from the southern Caribbean islands to participate in Antigua Sailing Week. That was the first of many parties and balls to be held throughout the week with the final awards party taking place in Nelson’s Dockyard with a Lord Nelson Costume Ball held on Saturday, June 15, 1968.
The inaugural Antigua Sailing Week was such a huge success that it was repeated the following year with dates being moved up a week to May 31 through June 7, 1969. And so it went over the following 47 years, with new sponsors coming on board and the program of events growing and evolving. The dates eventually changed and it became tradition for Antigua Sailing Week to officially begin on the last Sunday in April every year. Eventually the hotels became less involved, the workboat races disappeared and dinghy racing events are now held separately.
In the early days, most of the participating sailing yachts were classic designs but they were gradually outnumbered by faster, racier boats until it became almost dangerous for the different types of boats to race together. So in 1988 the classic sailing class split off from Antigua Sailing Week and the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, now a legend in its own right, was born.
At its height Antigua Sailing Week welcomed more than 250 participating yachts but with the evolution of yacht racing in more recent years, numbers have settled back at a little over 100 yachts annually. Super yachts and maxis now participate in more and more events designed specifically for them, the US East Coast and Mediterranean seasons begin much earlier which has led to a shortened Caribbean season, and the Caribbean yacht racing calendar is full. As a result, all Caribbean racing events have had to evolve to suit the current racing climate. Antigua Sailing Week’s tag line is now ‘where sailing comes first’, with organisers having recognised that sailors participate first and foremost for top quality racing. The parties and social atmosphere are still key features of any regatta, however, and so at the end of every day of racing there are a variety of parties and events designed to please everyone.
Not everything has disappeared or changed though. The Guadeloupe to English Harbour Race has remained a fixture to this day and is now known as the Guadeloupe to Antigua Race. The Lord Nelson Costume Ball evolved into the Lord Nelson’s Ball and was held as an exclusive formal prize-giving affair at the Admiral’s Inn for many years. The Ball did, however, recently give way to the more casual awards party held behind the Copper and Lumber Store Hotel in Nelson’s Dockyard which is open to all and welcomes sailors, residents and visitors alike.
Regardless of evolution, however, one thing remains true. Antigua Sailing Week has and will continue to remain strong for many years to come. Participating boats and sailors come and go as do changes to the event itself, but Antigua Sailing Week is here to stay!
The rotating photos at the top of this page show the first three official Antigua Sailing Week programs from 1968 to 1970. Antigua Sailing Week’s organisers are attempting to collect copies of all programs from 1968 to date. If you have a program from a previous Antigua Sailing Week that you would considering sharing please email info@sailingweek.com.
By Kathy Lammers.

Antigua 1975 50c sg430, scott?
http://www.sailingweek.com/v4/the-race/our-history/

HISTORY OF MAIL TRANSPORT TO/FROM ASCENSION

This four stamps and M/S were issued by Ascension Island in 1980 for the “history of mail transport to and from the island. The Ascension post gives by the issue.

8 p) The bottle post: The Ascension “bottle post” became an established practice in the 17th century. The procedure was recorded in 1673 by a visiting missionary Friar Domingo Navarrete and was still in use when Louis de Bougainville captain of La BOUDEUSE called in 1769.

12p) Chance calling ships: Until 1857 communication with Ascension was through chance calling ships such as the 19th century English 36-gun frigate shown. The scene is at Clarence Bay then called Sandy Beach with Fort Cockburn in the background.

15p) Regular mail service: A regular mail service started in 1857 when the Union Steam Ship Co. Ltd. contracted to collect UK destined mail. In 1900 the Company amalgamated with the Castle Mail Packets Co. Ltd to form the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd whose ship GARTH CASTLE is shown beyond the old Canteen store where the mail bell until recently hung.
GARTH CASTLE career and details: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8538&p=15824&hilit=garth+castle#p15824

50p) Mail service today: Surface mail is now carried by the RMS ST HELENA, shown here against the coastline of Ascension. Airmail is carried in this scene by a Lockheed C141 aircraft of the Military Airlift Command of the USAF, completing the picture of the current Ascension mail service.
ST HELEN career and details: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9940

Ascension 1980 sg264/67, scott?, sgMS?, scott?

THREE MASTED TOPSAIL SCHOONER

Spain issued one stamp, which is more for the theme music than maritime but it depict a ship also. On the rigging it is a three masted topsail schooner, have not more details on the schooner depict on the stamp.

61st HABANERAS AND POLYPHONY INTERNATIONAL CONTEST
A commemorative stamp is being released for the 61st Habaneras and Polyphony International Contest, which is held annually in Torrevieja (Alicante). The image's background is a sea environment and, in the foreground, the sculpture of La Bella Lola can be seen. This work of art is located in Torrevieja and pays homage to the women who wait for their most beloved to return home after working at sea. La Bella Lola is also the title of a well-known Habanera.
The history of this musical competition begins in Torrevieja in 1955, when the contest was held for the first time in order to promote the city's image and attract the tourism that was beginning to arrive on the Mediterranean coast. The first editions were national in scope, and were called “The Torrevieja Habaneras Contest”. Several decades later, given its success, the musical contest became international and widened its scope to “Habaneras and Polyphony”. The contest enjoys national participation, in which choruses from all Spanish provinces have a place; and international participation, in which choruses from the five continents perform. In its 60th edition, the contest was declared to be of “International Tourist Interest”.
In terms of national representation, the majority of the groups are made up of amateurs, while their directors are acclaimed professionals in the music world. However, in the international category, professional groups predominate. These groups include renowned choruses from the United States, Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina, Lithuania, Austria, Poland and many more. A unique characteristic is that local choruses from Torrevieja always participate outside of the contest.
In 1994, the “Junior Habaneras National and International Contest” was held for the first time, which also includes national and international categories. More recently, and to promote music among children, the Board that governs the contest created the Municipal Choral School.

Spain 2015 sg?, scott?
Source: Spanish Post web-site.

RIGID INFLATABLE BOAT (RIB)

THE BERMUDA POST OFFICE PHILATELIC BUREAU ISSUES NEW COMMEMORATIVE STAMP SERIES: BERMUDA REGIMENT 50 YEARS STRONG (Press release)

Only one stamp shows a watercraft, a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) for more info on the craft see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inflatable_boat

The Bermuda Post Office Philatelic Bureau of the Bermuda Post Office (BPO) recently announced the release of a series of five stamps: The Bermuda Regiment 50 Years Strong.
The Bermuda Regiment was formed on 1st September, 1965, and this issue of commemorative stamps celebrates 50 years of dedicated service of the men and women of the Regiment to Bermuda. The Regiment’s history dates back to an Act of Parliament in 1892 which created two segregated units; The all white Bermuda Volunteer Rifles Corps - later the Bermuda Rifles and the Bermuda Militia Artillery (BMA) comprised of black soldiers.
The Regiment came about as a result of the amalgamation of these two units in 1965. Both predecessor units had proud histories, from their founding in the late 19th Century, through active service both locally and overseas in both World Wars.
The stamps feature images of the modern day roles and valued traditions of the Bermuda regiment, including The Bermuda Regiment’s contribution to our island’s security, through Disaster Preparedness; and Maritime Operations; and The Bermuda Regiment’s rich history, traditions and contribution to the Bermuda community at large, through the talents of the Band and Corps of Drums; The Regimental Colours; and, traditional ceremonial duties. Postmaster General, Maj (Ret) A Wayne B. Smith said: “The Bermuda Post Office is pleased to commemorate the Bermuda Regiment’s 50 Years of service to the Island and people of Bermuda with the issue of five new Bermuda postage stamps depicting the roles and traditions of our Regiment.” The Postmaster General continued: “I congratulate the past and current serving members of The Bermuda Regiment on their 50th Anniversary year. Since its inception, the Bermuda Post Office Philatelic Bureau has designed many extraordinary stamps depicting the treasured aspects of
Global House 43 Church Street, Hamilton 12 Phone (441) 292-5998 Fax: (441) 295-5267 Website: http://www.gov.bm
Bermuda’s culture and heritage - and the designs within this historic Bermuda Regiment 50th Anniversary Stamp Issue is no exception.” “I am grateful to the members of the Bermuda Post Office Stamp Design Advisory Committee, Mr. Stanley Taylor, Bermuda Post Office Philatelic Bureau Coordinator and his assistant, Mrs. Idelia Fox. Finally, thank you to the members of the Bermuda Regiment 50th Anniversary Committee for conceiving the idea and providing research and support.”
For more information on the Bermuda Regiment 50th Anniversary First Day Cover please visit the BPO website http://www.bpo.bm or visit the BPO Facebook page.

Bermuda 2015 70c sg?, scott?
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CAREENING SHIPS

So far I have found three stamps which shows a ship careened.

The Antigua 15c stamp 1975 sg428 shows us a ship-of-the-line hove down in English Harbour, Antigua for cleaning and repair, not any information on the ship which is shown.

Cook Island 1984 48c shows us Cooks ENDEAVOUR beached and careened for repairs at Endeavour River, Northern Queensland, Australia after grounding on the Barrier Reef.

New Zealand 1959 2d sg772, also the careening of Captain Cook’s ship ENDEAVOUR at Ship Cove in the Queen Charlotte sound in 1769.

Wikipedia gives the following on Careening.
Careening (also known as "heaving down") is the practice of grounding a sailing vessel at high tide in order to expose one side of its hull for maintenance and repairs below the water line when the tide goes out.
Practice
The process could be assisted by securing a top halyard to a fixed object such as a tree or rock to pull the mast over as far as possible. Maintenance might include repairing damage caused by dry rot or cannon shot, tarring the exterior to reduce leakage, or removing biofouling organisms such as barnacles to increase the ship's speed. One exotic method was the ancient practice of beaching a ship on a shingle beach with the goal of using wave action and the shingle to scour the hull.
A beach favored for careening was called a careenage. Today, only small vessels are careened, while large vessels are placed in dry dock.
A related practice was a Parliamentary heel, in which the vessel was heeled over in deep water by shifting weight, such as ballast or guns, to one side. In this way the upper sides could be cleaned or repaired with minimal delay. Famously, HMS ROYAL GEORGE was lost while undergoing a Parliamentary heel in 1782. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9169

Pirates would often careen their ships because they had no access to dry-docks. A secluded bay would suffice for necessary repairs or hull cleaning, and such little “safe havens” could be found throughout the islands in the Caribbean and nearly around the world. One group of islands, Tres Marias, became popular when Francis Drake had sailed there in 1579 and quickly became a place for piracy.

The drawing shows the whaler JOSEPHINE careened in 1893, and most probably the last merchant hove down in America.

From Mr. Jung.
Barbuda 1975 15c sg218, scott?
Grenadines of St Vincent 1974 39c sg31, scott30.
Grenada Grenadines 1976 1c sg156, scott?
Solomon Islands 1999 $10 sgMS923, scott?
St Vincent 1971 1c sg330, scott?

Two more from Mr. Araignon:
Togo 1979 50f sg1336
Central African Empire 1978 sg578 (Central African Republic) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_African_Empire


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Careening

SIR WILLIAM HILLARY

Lifeboat of the 'Tyne' class, first entered service in 19882, being built by FBM Marine at Cowes, Isle of Wight, for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, with production ending in 1990, there are 40 built.
Displacement:26 tonnes, L:14,30m. B:4,48m. D:1,30m. 2-V6 GM or 2-V8 GM diesels ?hp. 17,6 kn. range 240 nm. crew:6 + 1 doctor.
Steel hull with aluminium superstructure, normally carry a 2,50m. 2-crew X class Inflatable dinghy on board.
Fast Slipway Boat 1 (FSB1) stationed in Douglas since 1988, with number 47-032, call sign MJKE5.
Scheduled to be replaced by a 'Shannon' class boat in 2016.
(Isle of Man 1991,17 p. StG.469; 1999, 25 p. StG.833)
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