handline fishing sampan

This stamp shows us a sampan used as a handline fishing vessel, details of a sampan you can find in the index, otherwise I have not any detail on this vessel.

Handline fishing, or handlining, is a fishing technique where a single fishing line is held in the hands. It is not be confused with handfishing. One or more fishing lures or baited hooks are attached to the line. A hook, fishing lure, or a fishing jig and many times a weight and/or a fishing float can be attached to the line. Handlining is among the oldest forms of fishing and is commonly practiced throughout the world today.
The fishing bait can be still fished, trolled or jigged up and down in a series of short movements. Often handling is done close to the bottom of the body of water but can also be done near or on the surface.

Salt Water Handlining
Ocean handlining is often used to catch groundfish and squid but other species are sometimes caught, including pelagic fish. Sea handlining a good way to catch larger oceanic fish.

Freshwater Handlining
Handlining is also used for catching fresh water fish. Panfish, walleyes, and other freshwater game fish can be caught using handlining fishing techniques. Handlining can be practiced from the shore or from a fishing boat. Walleye anglers practice handlining over moderately deep water in a drifting boat. Handlining is also practiced by ice fishing anglers.

Handlining Techniques
A jigging motion can be used to attract fish which are normally caught while trying to strike the lure but they can also be snagged by the hooks as they investigate the jigged lure. The lure can also be fished motionless and the angler feels for the bait to be picked up by a fish and then sets the hook after waiting for the fish to fully take the bait. After a strike occurs the hook is set and then the fish is hauled in and the caught fish is removed.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handline_fishing
Hong Kong 1986 50c sg521, scott?


This two stamps shows us fishing vessel which use longlines to catch fish. Of the two vessels depict I have not any information. Wikipedia has the following on the longline fishing vessels.

LONGLINERS: use one or more long heavy fishing lines with a series of hundreds or even thousands of baited hooks hanging from the main line by means of branch lines called "snoods". Hand operated longlining can be operated from boats of any size. The number of hooks and lines handled depends on the size of vessel, the number of crew, and the level of mechanisation. Large purpose built longliners can be designed for single species fisheries such as tuna. On such larger vessels the bridge is usually placed aft, and the gear is hauled from the bow or from the side with mechanical or hydraulic line haulers. The lines are set over the stern. Automatic or semi-automatic systems are used to bait hooks and shoot and haul lines. These systems include rail rollers, line haulers, hook separators, dehookers and hook cleaners, and storage racks or drums. To avoid incidental catches of seabirds, an outboard setting funnel is used to guide the line from the setting position on the stern down to a depth of one or two metres. Small scale longliners handle the gear by hand. The line is stored into baskets or tubs, perhaps using a hand cranked line drum.


Hong Kong 1986 50c sg521, scott?
South Georgia & Sandwich Islands 2012 75p sg? scott?

Devonshire: a Privateer and the Spanish ship that never was

In 1981, Bermuda issued a stamp (SG435) showing a privateer, the "Devonshire" approaching a Spanish ship. In fact the ship was British and had its nationality changed by the designer changing the flag.download/file.php?mode=view&id=16958

The book "In the Eye of All Trade: Bermuda, Bermudians, and the Maritime Atlantic World, 1680-1783" by Michael J Jarvis has a B&W plate of the painting that clearly shows the real flag.download/file.php?mode=view&id=16958

Jarvis also describes (p242)how Devonshire nearly captured a Spanish warship despite its Captain being killed. Under another captain the Devonshire did capture a couple of superior Spanish privateers.

ref: In the Eye of All Trade: Bermuda, Bermudians, and the Maritime Atlantic World, 1680-1783" by Michael J Jarvis


To celebrating Canada 125th birthday, Canada Post issued a set of stamps in 1992, one for each Province which depict work of art by Canadian painters.

The stamp of Nova Scotia shows us a painting made by Joe Norris who started painting when he was 50 year old, the painting is “Cove Scene” and shows us one of the coves in Nova Scotia, depict on the painting are some motorboats and a schooner rigged sailing vessel. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schooner

Canada 1992 42c sgMS1503 scott1420.


King Solomon inherited a large and wealthy kingdom from his father King David, stretching from the Euphrates River in the north to the Eilat Bay in the south. The good trade relations King Solomon created with the rulers of nearby kingdoms, as well as the great wealth he accumulated thanks to those relations and to the taxes he collected, are described in the Bible in books I Kings and II Chronicles.
The development of his fleet in the Red Sea was described in detail: "Hiram sent servants of his with the fleet, mariners who were experienced on the sea, to serve with Solomon's men. They came to Ophir; there they obtained gold in the amount of four hundred and twenty talents" (I Kings, 9:27-28). King Hiram of Tyre, who knew how to build ships and had men who were skilled mariners, partnered with King Solomon, who ruled the Eilat Coast and together they built a fleet of trade ships in the Red Sea. These ships sailed to Ophir, which was apparently located along either the eastern or the western coast of the Red Sea, and returned carrying many treasures and exotic wares.
A similar journey is described in Egyptian sources dating from 500 years earlier, during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut. Egyptian ships sailed southward to the Land of Punt, which was also apparently in eastern Africa. The remnants of murals on the walls of Hatsheput's mortuary temple in Deir el-Bahari feature exotic goods that were brought to Egypt at that time from the same faraway land, and contribute to the interpretation of the biblical descriptions.
In addition to gold and silver, "ivory, apes and peacocks" were also brought to King Solomon (I Kings, 10:22). The Egyptian murals show the "apes" to be baboons.
The Bible also notes that "a huge quantity of almug wood" was brought from Ophir (I Kings, 10:11). Biblical scholars and modern researchers have voiced various opinions regarding the nature of the "almug wood". Some claim that these were special wooden beams used for construction; others think that they were saplings of exotic aromatic trees, and a third opinion is that they were a rare type of coral.
Based on the various interpretations, the stamp designer portrayed a heap of treasures that were unloaded on the dock at the seaport in Ezion-Geber, which today is the city of Eilat. These treasures were taken to King Solomon's palace in Jerusalem and used in the construction of the Temple and the palace. Thanks to the journey to Ophir "King Solomon excelled all the kings on earth in wealth... the king made silver as plentiful in Jerusalem as stones..." (I Kings, 10:27)

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Israel 2016 5sh. sgMS?, scott?


In 1970 France issued one stamp which shows us the Diamant Rock at Martinique with in the foreground of the stamp what I believe is a YOLE a type of watercraft used in Martinique.

She is plank built on a dugout base. Used for fishing and some are special built for racing off this island in the windward group. Racing boats constructed of special woods and prepared with great care.
Sharp bow; small transom stern, ribs fixed to the keel piece; flat bottom. Worked with rudder and tiller or a large steering paddle. Carries a large rectangular spritsail on a light mast stepped well forward and sometimes a foresail. When racing several balance boards may be employed with the 7 of the 10 men crew exerting weight outboard. Reported lengths 7-9m. e.g. length 7m, beam 1.7m.

France 1970 0.50fr. sg883, scott1278.
Source: Taken from, Aak to Zumbra a dictionary of the World’s Watercraft.

De Long George-explorer of North 1879-1881.

George Washington De Long (August 22, 1844 – October 31, 1881) was a United States Navy officer and explorer. He led the ill-fated Jeannette Expedition in search of the Open Polar Sea.
Born in New York City, he was educated at the United States Naval Academy, and graduated in 1865. In 1879, backed by James Gordon Bennett, Jr., owner of the New York Herald newspaper, and under the auspices of the US Navy, Lieutenant Commander De Long sailed from San Francisco, California on the ship USS Jeannette with a plan to find a quick way to the North Pole via the Bering Strait. As well as collecting scientific data and animal specimens, De Long discovered and claimed three islands (De Long Islands) for the United States in the summer of 1881. The ship became trapped in the ice pack in the Chukchi Sea northeast of Wrangel Islandin September 1879. It drifted in the ice pack in a northwesterly direction until it was crushed in the shifting ice and sank on June 12, 1881 in the East Siberian Sea. De Long and his crew then traversed the ice pack to try to reach Siberia pulling three small boats. After reaching open water on September 11 they became separated and one boat, commanded by Executive Officer Charles W. Chipp, was lost; no trace of it was ever found. De Long's own boat reached land, but only two men sent ahead for aid survived. The third boat, under the command of Chief Engineer George W. Melville, reached the Lena delta and its crew were rescued. De Long died of starvation near Matvay Hut, Yakutia, Siberia. Melville returned a few months later and found the bodies of De Long and his boat crew. Overall, the doomed voyage took the lives of twenty expedition members, as well as additional men lost during the search operations. De Long and five of his men are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx section of New York City. Three US Navy ships have been named USS DeLong in his honor, as were the De Long Mountainsin northwest Alaska. In 1890, the officers and men of the United States Navy dedicated a granite-and-marble monument to the memory of Lieut. George Washington De Long and the crew of the USS Jeannette.
Cameroun 2016;900f;SG?

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