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The Colombian Post issued in 2018 a miniature sheet with images from Barranquilla, of which one stamp shows us the Barranquilla port with a cargo vessel.

The cargo vessel is the DELTUVA the name is visible on the bow when you enlarge the stamp.
Built as a cargo vessel under yard No b570-1/1 by Stocznia Szczecinska Nowa Z O.O. New Szczecin Shipyard in Szczecin, Poland for Clipper Eagle Shipping Ltd., Nassau, Bahamas,
09 July 1994 launched as the CLIPPER EAGLE.
Tonnage 11,542 grt, 5,366 net, 16,906 dwt, dim. 149,44 x 23.00 x 12.10m., length bpp. 138.0m, draught 6.10m.
Powered by a one 4S50MC 4-cyl. diesel engine, manufactured bu H. Cegielski, 5,720 kW. One fixed pitch propeller. Speed 14 knots.
Four holds. Two cranes each 20.0 ton lifting capacity.
Capacity, grain 21,307m², bale 21,043m².
04 October 1994 completed. IMO No 8908832.

2007 Sold to Lithuanian Shipping Co. Klaipeda, Lithuania, renamed in DELTUVA.
2016 After the Lithuanian Shipping Co, got bankrupt during a public auction the DELTUVA was bought by Pirita Shipholding Co., Geneva, Switserland, renamed PIRITA under Antigua& Barbuda flag and registry.
15 June 2017 PIRITA arrived Chittagong, Bangladesh for scrapping.

Colombia 2018 $5.000 sg?, scott? and miniature sheet al $5.000 stamps.
Source: and internet.

FAKHR EL BIHAR Royal yacht

For a meeting between King Farouk of Egypt and King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia in 1945 at Radhwa the Saudi Arabian Post issued four stamps. The stamps are not so clear, but the vessel on the left top is the Egyptian Royal yacht FAKHR EL BIHAR on which the meeting took place.

Built as a steel hulled yacht under yard No 268 by Ramage & Ferguson, Leith, Scotland for H.H. Prince Youssouf Kamal, Alexandria, Egypt.
09 September 1930 launched as the NAZ-PERWER.
Tonnage 708 grt, 251nrt, 1.051 tm, dim. 75.98 x 9.75 x 4.98m.
Powered by two 4S.C.SA 8-cyl. oil engines, manufactured by Friedrich Krupp A.G., Kiel, 384 nhp.
Schooner rigged.
December 1930 completed.

1940 Sold to King Farouk of Egypt and renamed in FAKHR EL BIHAR.
24 January 1945 King Farouk visited King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia. The meeting between the two kings took place in Radhwa on board of the FAKHR EL BIHAR.
1949 Sold to the Egyptian Government and renamed El QUOSSEIR. Used by the Egyptian Naval Academy as training ship.
2018 In service same name and managed by the Egyptian Navy.

Source Log Book 3/70 and internet.
Saudi Arabia 1945 ½ to 10g scott 173/76


Hawaiki – a real island? Or a mythical place? Hawaiki is the traditional Māori place of origin. The first Māori are said to have sailed to New Zealand from Hawaiki

In Māori mythology, ARAWA was one of the great ocean-going, voyaging canoes that was used in the migrations that settled Aotearoa (New Zealand).
The Te ARAWA confederation of Māori iwi and hapu (tribes and sub-tribes) based in the Rotorua and Bay of Plenty areas of New Zealand trace their ancestry from this waka
Construction of the canoe
Eventually, a large tree was felled and from this the waka which eventually came to be known as Te ARAWA was formed. The men who turned this log into a beautifully decorated canoe were Rata, Wahieroa, Ngaahue and Parata. "Hauhau-te-rangi" and "Tuutauru" (made from New Zealand greenstone brought back by Ngaahue) were the adzes they used for this time-consuming and intensive work. Upon completion, the waka was given the name Ngaa raakau kotahi puu a Atua Matua (also known as Ngaa raakau maatahi puu a Atua Matua).
The waka was eventually completed and berthed in Whenuakura Bay while Tama-te-kapua, in his capacity as rangatira (chief) of the canoe, set about trying to find a tohunga (priest) for the journey. Ngātoro-i-rangi and his wife Kearoa were tricked by Tama-te-kapua to board the canoe to perform the necessary appeasement incantations to the gods prior to the canoe's departure. However, while they were on board, Tama-te-kapua signalled his men to quickly set sail, and before Ngātoro-i-rangi and his wife could respond they were far out to sea
Voyage to Aotearoa
One of the more dramatic stories pertaining to the voyage to Aotearoa occurred because Tama-te-kapua became desirous of Kearoa. Ngātoro-i-rangi noticed the glint in Tama-te-kapua's eye and took precautions to protect his wife during the night while he was on deck navigating by the stars. This was done by tying one end of a cord to her hair and holding the other end in his hand. However, Tama-te-kapua untied the cord from Kearoa's hair and attached it to the bed instead. He then made love to her, following this pattern over a number of nights. One night however, he was nearly discovered in the act by Ngātoro-i-rangi, but just managed to escape. In his haste he forgot the cord. Ngātoro-i-rangi noticed this and therefore knew that Tama-te-kapua had been with Kearoa. He was furious and, in his desire to gain revenge, raised a huge whirlpool in the sea named Te korokoro-o-te-Parata ("The throat of Te Parata"). The waka was about to be lost with all on board but Ngātoro-i-rangi eventually took pity and caused the seas to become calm (Steedman, pp 99-100).
One incident that occurred during this drama was that all the kūmara (sweet potato) carried on the waka were lost overboard, save for a few that were in a small kete being clutched by Whakaotirang Immediately after the calming of the seas, a shark (known as an ARAWA) was seen in the water. Ngātoro-i-rangi immediately renamed the waka Te ARAWA, after this shark, which then accompanied the waka to Aotearoa, acting in the capacity of a kai-tiaki (guardian).
The ARAWA waka then continued on to Aotearoa without incident, finally sighting land at Whangaparaoa where feather headdresses were foolishly cast away due to greed and due to the beauty of the pohutukawa bloom. Upon landfall, an argument took place with members of the Tainui canoe over a beached whale and the ownership thereof. Tama-te-kapua again resorted to trickery and took possession of it despite rightful claim of the Tainui. . The canoe then travelled north up the coast to the Coromandel Peninsula, where Tama-te-kapua first sighted the mountain Moehau, a place he was later to make home. Heading south again, it finally came to rest at Maketu, where it was beached and stood until being burnt by Raumati of Taranaki some years later.
Some items of note that were brought to Aotearoa on the ARAWA, other than the precious kūmara saved by Whakaotirangi, was a tapu kōhatu (stone) left by Ngātoro-i-rangi on the island Te Poito o te Kupenga a Taramainuku just off the coast of Cape Colville. This stone held the mauri to protect the Te ARAWA peoples and their descendants from evil times (Stafford, 1967, p17). In addition, the waka brought over two gods, one called Itupaoa, which was represented by a roll of tapa, and another stone carving now possibly buried at Mokoia Island, Lake Rotorua.

New Zealand 1906 ½d sg 370, scott ?


For the inauguration of the port of Lome and the 8th anniversary of Independence the Togo Post issued a set of stamps.

The 20f stamp shows us the inauguration of the port with in the background a tug and cargo vessels, which are not identified.
Lomé is the main port for the trade of goods. It was established by the Germans in the early 1900s. From the wooden wharf to the current modern facilities, this port has been the centre of major changes. Today (2018) , it is one of the deepest–water ports in the whole West African region, handling over 80% of the international trade of Togo. Lomé is also an important transit point for landlocked countries such as Niger and Burkina Faso.
The Port of Lomé lies in the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic coast), in the extreme southwestern corner of the country. Its modernization started in the 1960s. The deepwater harbor was completed/inaugurated in 1968. It was initially planned for a 400,000-ton annual traffic, but currently handles a traffic estimated over 6 millions tons.
The increased capacity of the Port of Lomé has facilitated the shipping of phosphates and other major export products, such as cocoa, coffee, copra, cotton, and palm products. It has also positioned Lomé as one of the main port for the international trade of neighboring landlocked countries such as Niger and Burkina Faso.

Source: ... CB9087590E
Togo 1968 30f sg 590 scott?


Landing of Maori in New Zealand around 1350, in the background of the stamp you see a double hulled waka prow.

Maori history was transmitted orally from generation to generation in pre-European times. A continuing examination of the traditions, archaeological, linguistic and cultural evidence, has discredited the 'great fleet theory' of the Maori arrival in New Zealand. The consensus among scholars now is that the Polynesians originally moved into the Pacific from the west, spread eastwards, and that the Maori came most recently from the eastern Pacific (that is from Tahiti or the Marquesas). They began to arrive here in small groups, starting more than 1000 years ago, probably via islands to the north-east. The scene depicted on the stamp is an original conception by the artist of the arrival of one of the canoes The Maoris have been pictured as arriving in a state of physical exhaustion, the inevitable consequence, despite their magnificent seafaring skills, of weeks spent in open canoes.

The first Maori arrived in the canoe ARAWA or TAINUI.

New Zealand 1940 ½d sg613, scott?
Source: New Zealand Post.


Canoe Prow.
This 1d stamp shows us the making of a canoe prow by the Maori in New Zealand before 1800 by which the New Zealand Post gives:
When it is considered that the Māori did not process metal tools and relied upon stone and bone, the intricacy and beauty of the wood carving that was produced is incredible.

New Zealand 1906 1d sg 371, scott ?.


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I think the classification given by Lloyd's to the vessel shown on the Gambia 2d. stamp of 1969, "Aeroplane Service Ship", must be unique. Certainly, the service which the stamp commemorates was unique, for it was the first seaplane or flying-boat station in the South Atlantic. Perhaps just as strange is the fact that the vessel chosen for this task was not a new, specially-built ship for the job but a 30-year-old steamship, the Westfalen, which must have been nearing the end of her days. She was built for the Norddeutscher Lloyd in 1906, by J. C. Tecklenborg, A.G., Wesermunde, a ship of 5,367 gross tons and 3,200 net, her dimensions being 409 ft. 4 in. x 52 ft. 8 in. x 28 ft., with engines of 386 n.h.p., supplied by the ship's builders.
The Deutsche Lufthansa apparently bought the vessel late in 1934 for she appears in Lloyd's Register for 1935 under their ownership. The interesting stamp design shows the position of the Westfalen station in the South Atlantic, with a Dornier "Wal" seaplane being catapulted from the ship's deck. Two other stamps in the set show a Dornier "Wal" flying-boat (1s.) and the airship Graf Zeppelin (1/6d.), the set commemorating the 35th anniversary of this first attempt to speed up the ocean mail services. Gambia was the eastern tip of the transocean flight. SG259 SB 4/71
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Re: Westfalen

Postby aukepalmhof » Sun May 10, 2009 8:32 pm

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Built as a general cargo vessel under yard no 208 by J.C.Tecklenborg, Geestemünde for the Norddeutscher Lloyd (NDL), Bremen.
14 Nov. 1905 launched under the name WESTFALEN.
Tonnage 5.097 gross. Dim. 130.54 x 16.08m.
Triple expansion steam engine 2.750 hp., speed 12 knots, one screw.
Crew 50.
30 December 1905, delivered to owners.

She was built for the cargo service between North Europe and Australia.
Late July 1914 was underway from Newcastle N.S.W., Australia to Batavia with a full cargo of coal, when the captain got information that war had broken out between the U.K and Germany, still with the Australian pilot on board, he altered course and sailed around New Zealand to Valparaiso, where the coal was unloaded.
After unloading she stayed in Valparaiso.
But when United States put pressure on South American countries harboring German ships, the crew of the WESTFALEN damaged the vessel that she was not more useful.
On 23/24 July 1919 she was heavily damaged during a hurricane when her stern moorings broke, she turned and drove in the hulk PIZARRO, she in turn drove in the hulk MAIPU, and both hulks drove in the hulk CHILOE after which all three hulks sank. The WESTFALEN got heavy stern damage.
After the war and after small repairs she was towed to Germany where she arrived on 05 June 1920 at Bremerhaven.
She was repaired, and in 1921 she made one voyage.
03 January 1922 reopened NDL service to the Far East.
01 July 1932 sold to the Deutsche Lufthansa, managed by the NDL.
She was rebuilt in a catapult ship at Deschimag, Bremen. Got a airlifting crane, more powerful W/T and direction finding installations, two additional Diesel driven generators and the accommodation, store rooms extended, she got new workshops and aviation fuel tanks.
A Heinkel-K-6 catapult was installed on the foredeck , and a landing sail was installed at her stern.
To recover a flying boat the plain had to slip onto the landing sail at slow speed. The WESTFALEN then would increase speed and the flying boat was lifted from the water, after it was picked up by the crane and put on deck. The crane was on the stern and the plane had to airborne on the bow; this required a somewhat strange procedure. The plane was put on a turntable trolley, which ran on a railway along the deck. The plane could only put on the trolley with the tail ahead, then between mast and funnel, the plane was turned around before she was placed on the catapult.
After trials in May and October 1933, she sailed from Kiel for a station in the mid South Atlantic on the 04 May 1934. Her gross tonnage increased to 5.367 gross.
02 June 1934 the first plane was launched, the plane was under command of Flight Captain Baron von Studnitz, who was coming from Gambia.
Late 1934 she sailed to a station off the Brazilian coast where she served until February 1938.
Laid up till the German Luftwaffe requisitioned her in 1940.
First attached to Seefliegershorst Hornum/Sylt.
1941 She went to Trondheim as a catapult ship for long-range reconnaissance groups.
1942 Stationed in the Alta-Fjord, and in 1943 again in Trondheim.
During the war she was rebuilt in a flush deck vessel, with no masts and bridge, her funnel was replaced on the port side.
07 September 1944 after she lost her convoy contact, she ran in a Swedish minefield near Stora Pölsan (Skagerrak) on a voyage from Oslo to Germany, and hit two mines after she sank with the loss of 150 persons. At that time she carried some 200 German military personnel and 50 Norwegian prisoners, only 5 of the prisoners were rescued.

Source: Die Schiffe und Boote der Deutschen Seeflieger by Jung/Wenzel/Abendroth. Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen by Edwin Drechsel. Register of Merchant Ships Completed in 1906.
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Re: Westfalen

Postby D. v. Nieuwenhuijzen » Tue May 15, 2018 7:51 pm

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Gambia 1984, 85 b. StG.560
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