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Gambia 2000 D8 sg?, scott?

Not any information.


Gambia 2000 D8 sg?, scott?

Not any information.

SARIMANOK outrigger

In 1985 Bob Hobman built a. outrigger canoe the SARIMANOK made of a ghio tree and sails made entirely of vegetable elements, not a single nail was used. The outrigger was built mostly after plans of a Filipino “vinta” model.
Not any navigational instruments were on board, and the crew relied only on the stars to set course.
The name given to the outrigger was SARIMANOK she was named after a Sarimanok bird in Filipino Mindanao mythology, a reincarnation of a goddess who fell in love with a mortal man. Today it symbolized in the Filipino wealth and prestige.
From two books of which the quotations I got from Mr. Jung (with thanks) comes the following.

Madagascar - The Eighth Continent: Life, Death and Discovery in a Lost World by Peter Tyson pages 257-258.
I quote:
To find out, a Briton named Bob Hobman decided to build a replica of the king of boat the first Malagasy might have used and, in the manner of the Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl, try to sail it from Java to Madagascar, making no landfalls, using no modern navigation aids, and subsisting solely on foods the ancient Malagasy might have eaten. The 60-foot double outrigger canoe was built entirely of wood and bamboo, with palm-weave sails and rattan bindings instead of nails; it had no motor, radio or sextant. On June 3, 1985, the SARIMANOK, as the vessel was christened, set sail from Java. “They had an unending, horrible voyage,” Dewar told me. “There were problems with the boat. More or less continuous high seas, strong winds, and frequent storms. All the time they’re filming this damn thing, filming the boat falling to pieces and so forth.” After one stop on Cocos (Keeling) Island to let off a sick crew member (and bring on some tinned food), Hobman’s crew, against all odds, managed to go the distance to Madagascar in 49 days. But by then they had lost their ability to steer the craft, and they drifted past the northern tip of the island and into the Mozambique Channel. “On the boat they had this sealed, watertight container with a button,” Dewar told me. “If they pushed the button, it would turn on a radio beacon that would identify where they were and would send out a distress signal.” “Just like the original Malagasy might have had,” I said. “Exactly. Well, they finally gave up und pushed the button.” A French coast guard ship came out from the Comoros and towed them back to the island of Mayotte, where they promptly saddled with a hefty bill for the rescue. The crew then hired a local boat to tow the ailing craft to Madagascar, where, on September 5, the SARIMANOK finally came to rest on Nosy Be, on the beach by the Holiday Inn, “About a year later, a group of these people came back to try to raise money in Madagascar- which strikes one as a somewhat humorous effort- to refurbish the SARIMANOK and memorialize it,” Dewar said. “On of them gave a lecture in Diego Suarez while I was in town. He delivered it in English, with simultaneous translation, to a crowd of about 60, at least half of whom were under the age of 12. I think they left disappointed in terms of finding anyone to take care of the SARIMANOK.” But Jean-Aimé Rakotoarisoa, a leading Malagasy archeologist and a close friend of Dewar’s, had a different take on what the SARIMANOK voyagers had accomplished, Dewar told me. “They had done marvelous work, Jean-Aimé felt, solving problems that we archeologists had not been able to solve before. We now know that the first place settled in Madagascar was the Holiday Inn in Nosy Be, and we know that Americans must have settled the island first, because there we have proof: the built the Holiday Inn.”

Classic Ships of Islam: From Mesopotamia to the Indian Ocean von Dionysius Agius, page 103
I quote:
People of southeastern origin settled in Madagascar and the Comoro Islands in the second half of the first millennium CE; the language of Madagascar today is Malagasy of an Austronesian family with strong ties to Ma’anyan and the Borito languages of Borneo. How they reached Madagascar is interesting and something which has intrigued a number of scholars. One voyage, undertaken by Bob Hobman and his crew on 6 August 1985, proved that Neolithic navigators could have crossed over from Indonesia to Madagascar on an outrigger canoe, the SARIMANOK, a hollowed-out trunk of a huge ghio tree with sails woven from plant fibres. The voyage lasted 63 days.

The SARIMANOK is now in the Oceanographic Museum of Nosy Be, Malagasy.

Malagasy Republic 1987 60f, 150f sg 617/18
Cocos (Keeling) Islands 1987 36c sg160, scott?

BOM vessels

Gambia issued a set of stamps in 1991 for the 100th anniversary of the death of Vincent van Gogh 1853-1890.
One of this stamps shows use the “beach at Scheveningen during a calm day” painted in 1882 by van Gogh.
The three vessels on the painting on the beach are bom vessels for more info see. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11475&p=12256&hilit=panorama#p12256

Gambia 1991 1d.25 sg 1246, scott 1147.


Of the “pendolare concept boat” I can only find that it is a Granata Design from Palmetto Bluff, USA and a photo of the design, but not any detail on the design so most probably the design was not a seller and it stayed on the design board.

Gambia 2000 8d sg?, scott?


When you look carefully to this stamp you can see that the name ROCKET II is painted mid-ships on the hull, the stamp gives that a “ferry sea coaster concept” is shown. The stamp shows I believe a ship drawing of the design, but actually the ship is the ISLAND ROCKET II.

She was built in 1997 for the Island Express Boat Lines, Sandosky, OH by the Air Ride Craft Inc. Miami.
Delivered as the ISLAND ROCKET II.
Tonnage 32 grt, 25 nrt, dim. 64.70 x 19.20 x 6.5ft.
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On the "home-grown" design front, the new Surface Effect Ship (SES) catamaran ferry ISLAND ROCKET II will begin service this summer on Lake Erie for owner Island Express Boat Lines, Ltd., Sandusky, Ohio.
"We were looking for something with a little more speed and a little more passenger comfort," Island Express general manager Brad Castle told Marine Log, "and this certainly fit the bill."
At full load, Castle says the 149-passenger ISLAND ROCKET II should reach cruising speeds in the "mid-40 knot range" and still be comfortable for passengers. It will combine with Island Express Boat Lines' other ferry, the ISLAND ROCKET I, to offer regular service from Sandusky to Kelleys Island to Put-in-Bay.
Based on the Seacoaster design from inventor Don Burg, president of Air Ride Craft, Inc., Miami, the 72 ft ISLAND ROCKET II integrates the best features of an SES and a catamaran. Like other SESs, the Seacoaster rides on a pressurized air cushion created under the vessel, which carries some 75 to 90% of its weight, greatly reducing the wetted area hull friction. This means that an SES normally needs much less propulsive power--about half--of that required for similar size monohulls or catamarans at speeds of 25 knots and up. For operators, this translates into fuel and power savings, a smooth ride in rough seas, and better wake characteristics at high speeds.
While SES craft are nothing new, the Seacoaster design has attracted some interest among other operators. One of those is Dan Yates, owner of the PORTLAND SPIRIT, as well as two other dinner boats in Portland, Ore. Yates has been exploring the possibility of creating a network of water taxis and fast ferries that would connect downtown Portland with Vancouver, Wash., via the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. The concept would involve possibly five ferries in the 100 passenger range.
"The designs are out there," says Yates, "but I don't want to be an innovator in technology. Rather, I want to use technology in an innovative way." But because of political and operational hurdles, he believes the effort could take two more years to come to fruition. "There's a strong light rail contingent," says Yates, "and there's also a lot of debris in the river. My dinner boats get their props banged every so often by 125 ft trees floating down the river," says Yates. ML

2005 The last I can find on the net that she was in a service in Florida and for sale. At that time still owned by the same owner, under USA Flag and registry IMO Number D1058181.
Gambia 2000 D8 sg?, scott?

COMET clipper 1851

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COMET clipper 1851

Postby aukepalmhof » Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:24 pm

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Built in 1851 as a wooden clipper vessel by William H. Webb, New York for Bucklin & Crane, New York.
Launched as the COMET.
Tonnage 1,836 ton, dim. 73.5 x 12.6 x 6.8m
Bark rigged.
Passenger accommodation for 525 and 41 crew.
Fitted out with a smoking room, bathrooms and a library.

She was built for the California and China trades.

Her maiden voyage was in October 1851under command of Capt. E.C.Gardner from New York via Cape Horn to San Francisco, where she arrived on 13 January 1852. A not so fast passage of 102 days.
From San Francisco she sailed for Hong Kong for a cargo of tea and silks
Her second voyage she made in 112 days between New York and San Francisco, in the vicinity of Bermuda she was hit by a storm in which she lost her topmast and all sails.
In 1854 she made a record voyage from San Francisco to New York in 76 days, the same year an other fast voyage she made from Liverpool to Hong Kong in 84 days 16 hours, with an average speed of 212 mile in 24 hour.
Around 1857 she made her fastest voyage when she sailed from Canton to New York in 99 days. Otherwise her career was uneventful the next decade.

July 1863 Sold to T. M. Mackay (Black Ball Line), and renamed in FIERY STAR. Command was taken over by Capt. W.H. Yale or Yule. She was registered at London.
11 April she sailed from London made a call at Queenstown on the 19th from where she left with on board 525 passengers, her log recorded nine deaths and four births before she arrived in the Moreton Bay, Australia on 20 November, after a passage of 93 days from Queenstown.
After her return voyage to the U.K. she made an other voyage with emigrants to Australia.
01 April 1865 she left Brisbane for London with a cargo of 2041 bales of wool and 55 passengers, and 41 crew, under command of Capt. Yule.
20 April when in the vicinity of the Chatham Islands some of her cargo in the lower hold was on fire, she was put before the wind and all hatches battened down and the ventilation pipes blocked.
The fire spread and after some days the decision was made to abandon the vessel, there was insufficient life-boat accommodation due to that two boats had been swept away during bad weather. On 23 April, 78 passengers and crew left the vessel, leaving behind 18 volunteers under command of the First Mate W.C. Sargeant.
The volunteers fought the fire and at noon on 3 May by dead reckoning, the mate estimated that she were about 98 miles from the New Zealand coast, the next days two islands were sighted what the mate thought were the Aldermen or Mercury Islands.
On the 5th of May the ship encountered a gale which drove her offshore, also the raft what was constructed to abandon the vessel was swept away during the night. At 11.00 a.m. the foremast went over the side taking with hem the topgallant mast and upper yards.
The gale continued the next day and all hope of making land was gone.
On the 11th they were about 25 miles from the shore.
On 12 May the light of a vessel were seen and the last rockets were fired, which were seen by the vessel.
She was the DAUNTLESS under command of Capt. Moore bound for Auckland, she altered course and rescued the 18 men. When her last man was taken off the main-masts fell and within 30 minutes the ship was engulfed in flames.

HMS BRISK searched later around the Chatham Islands for the two missing boats but not any trace was found

The remains of the wreck of the FIERY STAR where found in 1971 on the west side of Double Island in the Mercury Group off the North Island of New Zealand, her two anchors were recovered.

Niger 1984 300f sg992, scott?
St Thomas and Prince 2003 7000 Db sg?, scott? (the stamp is designed after a painting of Richard C. Moore.)

Source: Greyhounds of the Sea by Cutler. The Passage Makers by M.K. Stammers.
The Australia Run by Jack Loney and Peter Stone. New Zealand Shipwrecks.
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Re: COMET clipper 1851

Postby Anatol » Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:16 pm

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Comet clipper 1851. The design stamp is made after painting of Richard Moor: Clipper ship Comet.
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