For the 200th Anniversary of the Royal Theatre in Sweden two stamps were issued.
The 1Kr stamp shows us an act from the opera Orpheus and Eurydice by Christopher Gluck with in the background of the stamp as theatre decor a rowing boat of which I have not any information.

Sweden 1973 1kr. Sg?, scott 993

More info on the opera is given by:

Main Ore

Stanley Gibbons gives this vessel as the MAIN ORE, Sg 3027.
This is incorrect as the stamp shows the BERENDRECHT LOCK with an artists impression of a ship.
Details of the lock can be seen below:


Berendrecht Lock

The Berendrecht Lock is the world's second largest lock, giving access to the right-bank docks of the Port of Antwerp in Belgium.
Post World War II, work started on the Grote Doorsteek, an ambitious plan which ultimately resulted in the extension of the Antwerp docks on the right bank of the Scheldt to the Netherlands border. In 1967, the company completed the construction of the Zandvliet Lock (Zandvlietsluis), then the world's largest lock.
In 1989, needing to accommodate wider Post-Panamax ship, the company built a new lock just to the south of the Zandvliet lock. The Berendrecht Lock, which at 68 metres (223 ft), is 11 metres (36 ft) wider. Bascule bridges at the ends of each lock, (Zandvliet and Frederik-Hendrik bridges across the Zandlievet lock; and Oudendijk and Berendrecht bridges across the Berendrecht lock), allow full road traffic access around the port.[ The two locks now work as a doubled lock system.
Completion of the Berendrecht Lock allowed the extended development of the right bank docks complex, and later the creation of fast turnround tidal berths, both on the right bank (Europa Terminal and the North Sea Terminal), and on the left bank (Deurganck Dock).
The dimensions of the Berendrecht Lock are as follows:
Length: 500 metres (1,600 ft)
Width: 68 metres (223 ft)
Operational Depth (TAW): 13.5 metres (44 ft)
Sill depth at mean high water: 17.75 metres (58.2 ft)
No. Lock Gates: four, sliding lock gates
On both length and total volume (length x breadth x the difference in water levels), the Berendrecht Lock is the second largest in the world.
The vessel shown is an artists impression.


The recent issued stamp of France shows us the lifeboat PRÉSIDENT JACQUES HURET (SNS 076) based at Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Built by Chantier Blamengin, Boulogne-sur-Mer and launched in 1992.
Dimensions 17.60 x 4.40m.
Twin Iveco diesel engines ach 380 hp, speed?
One of the few lifeboats who has a bow-thruster.
Crew 8.

She is one of a series of all-weather lifeboats which were built from 1982 for the French National Society of Rescue at Sea (SNSM).
Built with a polyester and CVR (glass-resin composite) hull, she is self-righted. It can be used in any weather or sea condition.
When she received a message from the Regional Operational Surveillance and Rescue Centre (CROSS) at Gris-Nez she is ready to sail out after 15 minutes.
The lifeboat is recognizable by their green coloured hull.

France 2017 0.85 Euro sg?, scott?
Source Wikipedia.

The French Post gives the following info by the Issues:
Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer
The SNSM was created by the merger of two former "societies" created in the 19th century, the Central Society for the Rescue of Shipwrecked Ships and the Society of Breton Hospital Brethren, which structured the old principle of solidarity between seafarers for the benefit of all Professions.
The merger of 1967 took into account in particular the profound change in maritime activities since the post-war period, linked in particular to the considerable development of recreational and pleasure craft.
Nevertheless, the SNSM remains faithful to this principle of solidarity which is expressed in the volunteer commitment of sea rescuers. 7,000 volunteers have joined the association; 4,400 of them are on board and are permanently ready to intervene at the order of the maritime authorities for the benefit of people in difficulty at sea. They are divided between 218 "rescue stations" on the coast, including overseas. Implement nearly 400 boats of all types. At their side, 1,300 young "lifeguard swimmers", trained by SNSM, are each year made available to municipalities to ensure safety on their beaches.
Each year, rescuers at sea provide assistance to around 8,000 people and provide assistance to 22,000 people on the beaches.

The SNSM, a recognized association of public utility in 1970, ensures more than half of the rescue operations in littoral zone. Supported in part by the state and local authorities, it operates mainly through the support of private donors and patrons. The 50th anniversary of the SNSM is a highlight that pays tribute to all those who, voluntarily and sometimes at the risk of their lives, put their time and skills at the service of all those who are confronted with the dangers of the sea.

BERENDRECHT LOCK and containership

In the last Log Book http://shipstampsociety.com/mayjune-logbook-published/ a Belgium collector asked for the identification on the Belgium stamp issued in 1990 sg 3027 which is given that the ore carrier MAIN ORE is depict. The stamp shows us a container vessel.

Watercraft Philately March/April 1991 page 61 gives:
Mr. Andre Laffut writes that the container ship on the Belgium stamp scott1353 issued to commemorate the opening of the Berendrecht lock, Antwerp is the artist conception and is not identifiable.
The lock is 500 m long between the gates, 68 m wide and 13.5 m deep, the world’s largest at the time of its completion.
The first ship to enter the lock was the bulk carrier MAIN ORE, obviously not the ship on the stamp.
More info on the lock is given on: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berendrecht_Lock

Belgium 1990 10F sg3027, scott1353.


The stamps shows a barque rigged vessel if she depict a ship of the company I do not believe so, the company used two ships for the coastal service at St Lucia, and I do not believe for the coastal service she were using a large sailing vessel like a barque rigged vessel. I have been many times in St Lucia loading bananas but all the distances between the few ports on the island are very short and situated on the south and west side of the island. More suitable was a schooner rigged vessel, or a small steamboat, schooner rigged.

Below is given what I found on the internet on the company.

In 1866 a small steam ship, the PENELOPE captained by Thomas Shugg, crossed the Atlantic Ocean to St. Lucia. Shugg obtained an annual subsidy of £150 for the upkeep of his ship which he used to convey passengers and goods along the west coast of the island between Gros Islet and Vieux Fort. In return for this subsidy he carried the mails free of charge.

The PENELOPE was wrecked in 1868 and Shugg died later that year. His service was sorely missed, as there were few roads over the mountainous interior of the island, making overland travel very difficult. The St. Lucia Steam Conveyance Company Ltd. was formed in 1869 to continue Shugg’s work, was given an annual subsidy of £250 and obtained two ships, the AIDE in 1870 and the CREOLE in 1873.

In late 1871 the company began to produce postage stamps for internal use on St. Lucia. There were two types of the first issue. The stamps were either plain white with a blue frame or of plain blue wove paper and were issued imperforate.

These were struck before use to validate the stamps with the Company’s seal, a double ring circular shape bearing the Company’s name between the double ring. An impression of approximately one half of the Company’s seal appeared on the face of each stamp. The stamps were cancelled with an ink cross. The stamps were undenominated but were probably of a one penny value, being the local post office rate for letters at that time.

The second issue probably appeared sometime in 1872. These stamps were lithographed in Paris in 1 penny, 3 penny and 6 penny denominations and were again issued imperforate. These were cancelled with an oval stamp, similar to the Company seal used to validate the first issue.

An Ordinance dated 28 October 1887 stated that “the Company shall not carry any letter except letters sent through the Post Offices, or consignee letters to be delivered along with goods to which they refer”. The St Lucia Steam Conveyance Company Ltd. went into liquidation in 1890.


Another website gives that the imperforate stamps were of a sailing ship design and remind one of a miniature versions of Captain Webb match box label. The sailing ship on the stamp certainly does not depict the PENELOPE, AIDE or CREOLE which were all steamships.
The site has also some more info on the early stamps.


St Lucia 1972 5c/50c sg 335/38, scott ?

White water rafting

The City of Cagayan de Oro is the provincial capital of the province of Misamis Oriental in the Philippines. It is nicknamed the "City of Golden Friendship".
The city is known as the gateway of northern Mindanao and home to some of the most scenic and exhilarating whitewater rafting. It originally started as a “hobby,” for local adventurers.
The development of white water rafting as a leisure sport began when the Northern Mindanao Mountaineering Society (NORMS) set their sights on exploring Cagayan de Oro River. By 1995, they had mapped the channels, surveyed the river by sections and paddled the treacherous whitewater to perfection. They organized the Cagayan de Oro Whitewater Rafting Adventure (CDOWRA), now known as the Rafting Adventure Philippines (RAP) and offered commercial runs to local community. The basic course and the advance course offer the adventurers a huge adrenaline rush and a spectacular close-up encounter with the river’s lush and vibrant wildlife and amazing geological features.
By word of mouth, the adventure package gained a following not only among locals but also among adventuresome domestic and international tourists.
In 2008, the City Council of Cagayan de Oro passed Resolution Number 8947-2008, declaring white water rafting as the primary “One Town, One Product (OTOP)” of Cagayan de Oro in recognition of the contribution this industry has made in promoting entrepreneurship and creating jobs.
There really is nothing quite like white water rafting trip on Cagayan de Oro River. The stretch from Barangay Dansolihon to the city provides you with strikingly beautiful panoramic view of the river rocky walls, untouched vegetation and the sight of the resting haven of monkeys. It has breathtaking rapids that provides the more adventurous with thrills and challenges of rapids intervals not less than 10 – 15 minutes of each other. Cagayan de Oro River has everything that makes for a memorable experience with awesome roar and power of water cascading over rocks and boulders.

Philippines 2012 9p sg?, scott?
Source: Philippines Mail.

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