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Felucca served as a cargo carrier, passenger vessel, man-of-war, corsair, and guardian of ports. Terra has been applied to a number of differ¬ent types of vessels during a long history that ended in the 19th century. Small types generally both rowed and sailed; large vessels only sailed, stepping 1-3 masts. Generally set lateen sails, although a sprit rig was common on some small open feluccas in the 17th century. Some As many as 20 banks of oars used and, on older types, outboard gangways supported standing rowers. Sharp ends, flat floors, shallow keel, flared sides. Most had a low beak. The later Spanish craft had a very tall stem extension. Most had an overhang¬ing poop deck, some had a cabin aft, and larger vessels were fully decked. On some, the helm could be placed at either end as needed. The corsair carried ca. 20 men. Reported lengths 9-19m, widths 1.8-3.7m, depths 0.7-1.12m.
Feluccas are the traditional sailboats of Egypts Nile . Egyptians and foreigners alike enjoy a relaxing felucca ride, as they are perfect for catching the breeze on a hot summer night, The felucca has remained, over the centuries, the primary transportation of the Nile . Its ancient form still graces the river as it has been done since the time of the Pharaohs. The felucca relies entirely on the breeze which builds during the day, and the Nile River's current. Egypt is blessed with a predominant southerly wind that pushes sailboats upriver, while allowing them to return on its current downstream.
Egipt 2014;le4. Dominica 1998; 90c; SG2459. Monaco 1979;1f50; SG1396. Uganda 1998;3000s;SG Ms1973b. (In margin of sheet).
Source: A Dictionary of the world’s Watercraft from Aak to Zumbra. ... rev=search

LILIAN GRANDIN in a sampan on the Yangtze River.

Jersey issued in 1976 a set of four stamps to commemorate that 100 years ago Mrs. Lilian Grandin was born on the island. One stamp the 7p has a maritime theme, it shows Mrs. Grandin in a sampan on the Yangtze River in China.

Of the river sampan is given: She was used by Mrs. Grandin on the Yangtze River, this sampan is a passenger sampan which is decked and covered, steered with a long sweep. poled or rowed, set a single square sail.

Lilian Grandin, born in St Helier in 1876 (a commemorative plaque on the building where she was born gives the date as 1896, but commemorative stamps were issued by Jersey Post Office in 1976 to commemorate the centenary of her birth), was Jersey's first woman doctor. She went to China as a Methodist missionary, where she met and married journalist Edwin John Dingle. She died in 1924 of typhus after setting up a clinic and leper colony in Yunnan province.

Jersey 1976 7p sg 165, scott?


Tonga issued in 1988 a miniature sheet for the Australian Bicentennial, the sheet depict the 200th anniversary of colonization of Australia.
Only one stamp the second of the top row depict a ship, most probably a convict ship, the first emigrant ships did arrive after 1800. It looks like the stamps have been designed after paintings, drawing or photos but a search on the net did not find the ship, and so her name is still unknown.
The person depict on the stamp is the first governor of Australia Captain Arthur Phillip, who arrived with the First Fleet in 1788.
The first stamp of the top row shows a painting of Captain Cook with what looks like part of his log book for his voyage to Australia.

Tonga 1988 42s sgMS 989, scott ?


On the sheetlet of Gabon depict famous sails of the XIX-XX.
600f- DOM FERNANDO II e GLORIA- see more details: viewtopic.php?f=2&t= 11124.
880f- СUTTY SARK - see more details: viewtopic.php?f=2&t= 9027.
1150f- FLYING CLOUD - see more details: viewtopic.php?f=2&t= 8507.
1500f- KRUSENSTERN - see more details: viewtopic.php?f=2&t= 8107.
Gabonaise 2017;600f;880f;1150f;1500f;Ms.

CHANTAL fishing boat

The R3 stamp issued by Zil El Wannyen Sesel for the Lloyd’s London Centenary in 1988 is given by Stanley Gibbons as the fishing boat CHANTEL.

Could not find a CHANTEL as a fishing boat in the islands, but CHANTAL exist, I found that the fishing boat schooner rigged CHANTAL was fitted out in 1988 with an echo sounder and electrically powered reels. Could not find any more details on the vessel or if she still is used as a fishing boat in 2018.

Zil.el Wannyen Sesel 1988 3R sg187, scott?

GLOVIS SOLOMON ro-ro car carrier 2011

This miniature sheet issued by Qatar in 2017 shows us the Port of Hamad with in the background in the margin a container vessel, and on the other side of the port some cargo ships, all this ships have been not identified, The stamp depict a vehicle carrier and identified by Watercraft Philately as the GLOVIS SOLOMON.
Built as a ro-ro vehicle carrier under yard No S400 by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., Moko, South Korea for C Ladybug Corp., Panama.
18 June 2010 keel laid down.
08 October 2010 launched as the C LADYBUG.
Tonnage 72.635 grt, 26,226 net, 26,988 dwt. Dim. 232.52 x 32.26 x 20.11m. draught 10.01 m., length bpp. 222.40m.
Powered by 1 Wärtsilä/Hyundai 7RT-flex82T single acting 8 cyl. 19,040 kW. The engine was built Hyundai Heavy Ind. Engine & Machinery, Ulsan, South Korea. One fixed pitch propeller, speed 20 knots.
Car capacity 8,100 units.
Tank capacity, fuel oil 4,170.7 m³, ballast water 12,516,1 m³.
11 July 2011 completed, under Panama flag and registry.

July 2014 sold to Hyundai Gloves Co, Ltd, Seoul, South Korea and renamed GLOVES SOLOMON. Under Marshall Island flag and registry.
2018 in service same name and owners, IMO No 9445409.

Sources: Various internet sites and Miramar.
Qatar 2017 4.50R/8.50R sgMS?, scott?

SEA SOVEREIGN super tanker (not BILL)

SEA SOVEREIGN super tanker (not BILL)

Postby aukepalmhof » Sun Dec 22, 2013 8:44 pm

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This stamp is given by Stanley Gibbons as the tanker BILL but not a cargo vessel or tanker under that name exist around that time with the name BILL, it must be a wrong identification.
Any idea which ship is depict, there are two ships most probably the same ship, in the background of the stamp is a stern-section drawing of a ship

Sweden 1974 1k sg823, scott1096.

By Mr advanderpol46 is givens that the Swedish super tanker SEA SOVEREIGN is depict by comparing the stamp with a photo of the ship it looks he is correct.
Some updates are:
01 August 1969 launched as the SEA SOVEREIGN.
Powered by one Kockums-Stal Laval turbine, 32,000 shp., speed 16 knots.
November 1969 completed.

Of her loss what is given as the fraud of the century gives Wikipedia as follows.
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Re: BILL ????

Postby advanderpol46 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:00 am

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Ship is the " Sea Sovereign " built in 1969 by the shipyard Kockums Mekaniska Verstads AB in Malmö, Sweden.
Built for the Salen Rederierna AB in Stockholm with yardnumber 518, IMO 7000798.
Length 316,1 meter, breadth 48,6 meter and draught 24,5 meter.
Sell in 1977 to Pimmerton in Liberia and renamed " South Sun ".
Sell in 1980 to Oxford Shipping in liberia and renamed " Salem ".
On 17 - 01 - 1980 explosion on board and sunk .
Source internet and Salen Rederierna.
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Re: SEA SOVEREIGN supper tanker (not BILL)

Postby D. v. Nieuwenhuijzen » Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:44 pm

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Sea Sovereign (1969–1977)
South Sun (1977–1979)
Salem (1979–)
Salénrederierna AB (1969–1977)
Pimmerton Shipping Ltd. (1977–1979)
Oxford Shipping Incorporated, Houston
Port of registry:Monrovia
Builder:Kockums Mekaniska Verkstad, Malmö
Status:Sank 17 January 1980
General characteristics
Class and type: VLCC
Tonnage: 96,228 GRT (other sources gives Gt:107,286, Dw:107,286)
Length: 316.08 m (1,037.0') (LOA)
Beam: 48.77 m (160.0')
Height: 24.50 m (80.4')
Installed power:32,000 hp (24,000 kW)
Propulsion:1 × Stal-Laval steam turbine (other sources gives 2 turbines)
Speed:16 kn. Crew:25.

The tanker, T/T Sea Sovereign, was commissioned in 1969 in Stockholm for Salénrederierna AB and built at the Kockums shipyard in Malmö. In 1977 Salénrederierna sold the tanker to Pimmerton Shipping Ltd. (Liberia), as South Sun and ship management was placed in the hands of Wallem Ship Management Ltd. (Hong Kong). Two years later South Sun was sold to Oxford Shipping Inc. (U.S.). The ship was renamed Salem, but remained under the Liberian flag.

Salem was a supertanker which was scuttled off the coast of Guinea on 17 January 1980, after secretly unloading 192,000 tons of oil in Durban, South Africa. The oil was delivered in breach of the South African oil embargo, and the ship was scuttled to fraudulently claim insurance.

On 30 November 1979 Salem left the port of Piraeus to load oil in the Kuwaiti port of Mina Al Ahmadi, on behalf of an Italian charterer. She loaded approximately 194,000 tons of light crude oil to be discharged in Genoa. The tanker, with its cargo, was insured at Lloyd's of London. She left Mina Al Ahmadi on 10 December and proceeded down the East African coast. On 27 December under the name Lema she entered the port of Durban, South Africa. There, the ship discharged 170–180,000 tons of cargo, and took on the same amount in ballast water in order to stay on a laden draft. She departed Durban on 2 January 1980. On 17 January 1980, under the name Salem, she was found off the Senegalese coast in distress. The British tanker British Trident rescued the crew of the sinking tanker.

Four days after leaving the port of Mina Al Ahmadi, the charterers in Genoa sold the cargo to the Shell Group for [US$]56 million. This type of transaction is not uncommon. When the British tanker Trident rescued the shipwrecked Salem crew, it was observed that not only had the crew taken all their belongings in suitcases but they had gone so far as to rescue a number of other items including duty-free goods and sandwiches, although the tanker was supposed to have sunk so quickly, after several explosions, that there was not enough time to save the ship's log. Far more striking was that, despite the ostensible cargo of nearly 200,000 tons of crude oil and having suffered sufficient explosion damage to cause her to sink, there was barely a trace of the vessel left on the surface.

After Salem′s loss, Lloyd's of London received an insurance claim of US$56.3 million from the owner of the ship. It was the largest single claim that Lloyd's had received up to that time. Research by Lloyd's revealed that the South African oil company Sasol, had bought the Lema / Salem cargo in Durban for US$43 million.
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