Norway issued two stamps in 1989 to commemorate the bicentenary of the two oldest towns in the country of Finnmark. Both stamps shows some fishing vessels. I have been in north Norway many times to load frozen fish, every trip, we made calls in 10 – 14 fishing ports before we left Norway fully loaded across the North Atlantic for the USA during the end of the 1960s early 1970s.
At that time the type of fishing vessels depict on the stamp were built of wood and were fishing for cod with lines and hooks, sailing in the evening and returning the next morning with their catch, discharging at the fish factory for processing. The fishing vessels have not been identified.

Vardo: Norway one of the ports we were loading is Norway’s most easterly town. The history of this town is strongly linked to Vardohus Fort which, for hundreds of years, provided protection anda guarantee that Vardo remains Norwegian. The first fortifications were started as early as the 14th century. Also the same time, mention was also made of Vardo as a fishing village. Since the middle of the last century, Vardo has grown and expanded and is now Norwegian’s largest fishing port.

Hammerfest: is the most northerly in the world, the town with the Meridian monument, and the first town in Europe to have electric street lighting. Hammerfest has long traditions as an important fishing village and was at one time a centre for fishing in the Polar Sea. Fishing and fish processing still have an important place in the life of Hammerfest. The town has also become a tourist attraction with international appeal.

Source Watercraft Philately 1991 page 12. Australian Stamp Monthly, May 1989.
Norway 1989 3k and 4k sg 1055/56, scott 938/39.

POLOTSK town coat of arms

Three stamps of Belarus have the same ship on a stamp, which is depict in the municipal arms of the town of Polotsk.

The municipal arms of Polotsk (Vitebsk region) represents the image of a baroque shield on the blue ground of which there is a gold three-mast ship with unfolded silver sails floating on silver waves.

The 1985 stamp shows a portrait of Simeon of Polotsk (1629-1680) and in the background the coat of arms of the town.

The type of ship on the coat of arms looks if it is a cog, Polotsk was an important trading town with the Hanza towns in the Baltic.

Belarus 1992 2r sg 3 scott11. 1995 1800r sg 134, scott 137. 2017 N sg?, scott?


TERNUA 2017: a sports challenge

“Ternua” is the old Basques name for Newfoundland.

In July 2017, a mixed crew composed of rowers from the Basque Country, Saint Pierre and Miquelon and the province of Quebec will sail the waters of the south coast of Newfoundland as well as those of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, that is to say a distance of 400 kilometers to be covered in 10 stopovers. The fishing longboat will act as a link between the first Basques who landed on the North American continent in the XIVth century and the new generation of Basques, Bretons and Normans who have settled in this region. For the event, a fishing longboat made of carbon fibre was built in the Basque Country.

28 July 2017 a team of rowers boarded the traditional Basques built boat and set off from Placentia, Newfoundland for the first leg of the journey, which will end in St. Pierre. St Pierre et Miquelon.

The traditional Basques boat used is a “trainiére”, of the trainiére the Aak to Zumbra a Dictionary of the World’s Watercraft gives:

The “trainiére” is a long narrow Basque pulling boat. Fished mainly within sight of shore with a large net until ca 1912.Carvel-planked; flat floors, rounded bilges, generally little sheer. Rounded stern, straight stem, slightly tumble home; very fine run. When sailed, shipped a narrow rudder that extended well below the bottom; tiller slotted over the rudderhead. Heavy sectional weatherboards were removed as needed when rowed; short end decks. Rowed by 12 – 18 oarsmen on 8 -11 benches. Set 2 lugsails when appropriate. Foremast stepped through foredeck; mainmast roughly amidships. She are now motorized. Crew included a helmsman.
Reported lengths 10 – 14m e,g, length 10m, beam 1.83m, depth 0.8m.

There is no real term in English for « trainière ». We have chosen the term fishing longboat. Originally a « trainière » was a fishing boat used by the Basque fishermen. It was an open rowboat with 13 rowers and a helmsman on board, used to fish small fish like sardines with a fishnet. Speed was necessary, as the first vessel to arrive at the wharf with its catch had the best chances to sell all its produce. Hence, the origin of the modern day rowing competition sport using fishing longboats.

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St Pierre et Miquelon 2017 1.40 Euro sg?, scott?


The French priest Paul Maze (1885-1975) the future bishop of Tahiti was appointed to the Tuamotu Islands in French Polynesia around 1918 where he was based at the Hikueru Atoll first with Father Amédée Nouailles but when Nouailles after two years was called back to Tahiti, was he alone in charge of the Tuamotu Archipelago.
To visit all the atolls he used mostly trading sailing schooners till Mr. Doudoute built him a small cutter which was christened the SAINT-PIERRE.

He became bishop of Tahiti in 1938.

The stamp shows him and the cutter with in the background a map of the Tuamotu Islands. More details on the cutter is welcome.

Source Internet and Watercraft Philately 1989 page 12.
French Polynesia 1987 115 Fr, sg 523, scott?


The miniature sheet issued by Palau in 1990 for the Stamp World London ’90 shows us in the margin a Utility Boat used by the Japanese during World War II in Palau waters and a Catalina flying-boat the T.O.A. PBY-5A on Koror Island on 1 July 1951.
The Australian Stamp Monthly of July 1990 gives on the Utility Boat:
She was one of the hundreds operated by the Japanese during their administrative period in Palau, this boa was used as a fishing trawler, a small cargo vessel, a passenger boat, a troop transport, a mailboat, a tugboat and even occasionally to drop depth charges during the war.
The boat was used by the Japanese Army and Navy, as well by the civilian Nanyo administration. It was built to somewhat standard plans in the home islands and in most Japanese occupied territories. Many of this boats survived WW II and after the war confiscated by the U.S. Navy, and then sold or given to the locals.
In 1990 there were still some in use.

The T.O.A PBY-5A flying boat is landed on the water, and then she fall under the shipping rules as a watercraft. More on the type is given:

Palau 1990, $1, sgMS?, scott 236.

PROTEGAT Fishery Protection Vessel

Established in 2005 by the Fisheries Ordinance; The Falkland Islands Fishing Companies Association (‘FIFCA’) represents and promotes the interests of the thirteen Falkland Island Companies holding individual transferrable quota (‘ITQ’) in the Falkland Islands Fishery.
The current members of FIFCA are: Argos Group Ltd, Beauchene Fishing Ltd., Bold Ventures Ltd., Byron Fishing Ltd., Consolidated Fisheries Ltd., Fortuna Ltd., JK Marine Ltd., Pioneer Seafoods Ltd., RBC Ltd., Seafish (Falklands) Ltd., Seaview Ltd., Southern Cross Ltd. and Sulivan Shipping Services Ltd.
The Falklands’ fishery, with its world leading quota management system is recognised as one of the most sustainably managed fisheries in the world. For thirty years it has provided quality seafood to international markets and since the introduction of the ITQ system in 2005 has made an increasingly significant contribution to the Falkland’s economic success.
Companies catch a variety of commercial species in Falkland Islands waters. In order of appearance on the First Day Cover, Southern Blue Whiting, Falkland Calamari, Hoki, Kingclip Patagonian Toothfish, Illex Squid, Rock Cod, Ray, and Common Hake.
The First Day Cover acknowledges the Falkland Islands link to international involvement in the fishery with a Far Eastern squid jigger being pictured. Since the early 1980’s vessels from Japan, Korea, and Taiwan have fished our waters for Illex squid. This large but volatile fishery is the only major sector of the industry to enter the ITQ system.
Under the theme of “Protection” on the 76p stamp is the Fishery Protection Vessel PROTEGAT, operated by the Falkland Island’s Government. The PROTEGAT is a key asset in the management, protection and policing of the Fishery. She acts as an effective deterrent to those involved in illegal fishing and is equipped with enforcement weaponry.
Source: Falkland Island Mail.

The Vessel depict on this stamp was built as a Japanese fishing vessel under yard No 1315 by the Mihi Shipyard in Shimizu, Japan for a Japanese fishing company. I don’t know the name of the company.
Launched as the SUMIYOSHI MARU No 35
Tonnage 1,094 tons, 975 dwt, dim. 70.2 x 10.6m., length bpp. 60.1m.
Powered by a diesel engine of 1,324 kW., speed?
Three fish holds.
November 1987 completed.

1998 Sold or transferred? And renamed CHOKYO MARU No 35.
2005 Sold to Galfishing Ltd., Stanley, Falkland Islands and renamed PROTOGAT
Refitted in Montevideo in a fishery protection vessel.
Accommodation for 30 persons.
She will be fitted out or has already a gun.

In the lower part of the stamp is depict a RIB which is used to transport inspection personal from the PROTEGAT to the fishing vessel.
On the photo she is depict on the deck of the PROTEGAT.

2017 In service, IMO No 8712661

Source: and internet
Falkland Islands 2017 76p sg?, scott?

PASSENGER BARGE Christmas Island

The 40c stamp shows us a barge used for the transport of cargo and people from the ships at anchor of the Christmas Island to shore.
The passengers as seen on the stamp are lifted from the barge by a crane, standing in an enclosed cage, which could during rough weather quite be an unnerving experience.
The barges were replaced in 1994 by two new barges the ROHANI and SASHA, the barges used in 1990 when the stamp was issued I could not find any info or details on.

Christmas Islands 1990 40c sg 295, scott262.

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