CRUSADER / WHITE CRUSADER

The 12m yacht CRUSADER was built by Cougar Marine for the British America’s Cup Challenges PLC, representing the Royal Thames Yacht Club.
The yacht was designed by Ian Howlett.
February 1986 launched at Hamble, U.K as the CRUSADER (I), the yacht was christened by HRH Princess Diana.
Displacement 26 ton, dim. 1981 x 3.81 x 2.71m. (draught), length on waterline 13.77m.
Sail area 164.55m²
She was built for the contest of the 1987 America Cup in Fremantle, Australia.
1986 Renamed in WHITE CRUSADER after the sponsor of the yacht bought the whisky brand “White Horse”.
Under skipper Harald Cudmore the yacht made it to the sixth place.
1988 Was she chartered to V. Bandolowski in Lulea, Sweden and renamed HOLGER DANSKE.
1993 Sold to Richard Matthews in Ipswich, U.K. and renamed again CRUSADER.
Some time she was fitted out with an engine and had some accommodation.
2001 The engine and accommodation were removed and went back to full 12-Metre racing.
2014 Still owned by the Matthews and used for racing.
Solomon Islands 1986 $1 sg570a, scott574.
Belize 1987 $4 sg988, scott
Sources: Various internet sites.

IMPROVMENT SUEZ CANAL

A new stamp was issued by the Egypt Post in 2014 for the improvement of the Suez Canal, but the design shows a lock in the Panama Canal.
The stamp was withdrawn after the mistake was detected, how many there have been issued is unknown.
The vessels depict on the stamp, the warship looks she is one of the Type 42 of the Royal Navy but which ship of the class is unknown. The other ships till so far not identified.

COURAGEOUS yacht

Built as a 12 meter yacht by Minneford’s Yacht Yards, City Island, New York for the Courageous Syndicate, New York.
June 1974 launched as COURAGEOUS.
Displacement 25,4 ton, dim. 20.10 x 3.73 x 2.73m. (draught, length on waterline 13.60m.
Sail area 151 m²
Crew 11.

COURAGEOUS is a 12-metre class yacht. She was the third boat to win the America's Cup twice, in 1974 and 1977, after COLUMBIA in 1899 and 1901, and INTRPID in 1967 and 1970. All three of these boats won for the New York Yacht Club and thus the United States. COURAGEOUS was the first all-aluminium-hulled 12-metre class yacht.
COURAGEOUS successfully defended the America's Cup for the USA in 1974 with Ted Hood at the helm. After the 1974 cup, Hood built a new boat which he thought was faster than COURAGOUS and sold COURAGOUS to Ted Turner. Turner won the 1977 America's Cup defender trials in COURAGEOUS beating Hood in the process, and then went on to successfully defend the America's Cup later that year.
When preparing COURAGEOUS for the 1977 America's Cup, she was re-measured for compliance with the 12-metre class rule. It was discovered that she was lighter than the weight declared in her original racing certificate for the 1974 America's Cup. Less weight typically means a faster performance in lighter winds and a slower performance in stronger winds. If COURAGEOUS had been found to be underweight before the competition in 1974 then the designers would have had to make adjustments to sail area, the waterline length, or other attributes to make the design comply with the 12-metre rule. If COURAGEOUS was found to be underweight during the event she would have been disqualified. It is only conjecture what effect this oversight had on the result of the 1974 event.
1979 Renamed in COURAGEOUS II.
1984 Owned again by Courageous Syndicate Inc., Short Beach CT, USA., renamed COURAGES III.
1986 Renamed in COURAGEOUS IV.
1993 Renamed again in COURAGOUS and owned by Courageous Sailing Center in Charlestown MA, USA.
1996 Owned by US 26 Corporation, Wilmington, DE, USA not renamed.
Both COURAGEOUS and INTREPID are still sailing and racing today in Newport, Rhode Island. INTREPID is available for charter and COURAGEOUS is privately owned.
1997 Was she donated by Leonard Greene to the Museum of Yachting, Newport, Rhode Island.
2002 Restoration took place by Hinckley Yacht Services in Portsmouth, USA. Then owned by The Courageous Foundation Ltd., Newport, R.I.
2005 Designated by the State of Rhode Island as a State Yacht.
2014 Still owned by Courageous Foundation and regular used for races.

Solomon Islands 1986 18c sg570a, scott573h. $1 sg570a scott
Dominica 1987 $5 sgMS1056, scott1018.
Gambia 1987 1b sg701, scott673.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courageous_(yacht) http://www.12mrclass.com/yacht-search/d ... 05436.html Internet.

MARK TWAIN + steamboat

Acclaimed author and humorist Mark Twain is being honored by the U.S. Postal Service with the issuance of a commemorative Forever postage stamp in 2011.
Our literary tribute this year rightfully honors Mark Twain, author of one of the greatest novels in American literature and the man whom William Faulkner called ‘the first truly American writer,’ said Postal Service Board of Governors member James H. Bilbray. “Mark Twain was a rarity, as he was one of the first writers to exploit the vernacular voice in his books, using the speech of common Americans,” Bilbray said.
Joining Bilbray at the dedication ceremony will be Henry Sweets, curator for the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum; Rachel Bringer, Circuit Judge, 10th Judicial Circuit, Hannibal MO; and David Martin, district manager, Gateway District, USPS.
Mark Twain (1835—1910), is the author of beloved works such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. His Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is widely considered one of the greatest novels in American literature. In this tale of an abused boy and a runaway slave who become friends while riding a raft down the Mississippi River, Twain addressed issues of race and racism in America with a frankness that is still startling more than a100 years later. Born Samuel Clemens, Mark Twain took his name from his time working as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi.
The postage stamp portrait shows Twain as an older man; the steamboat in the background evokes a way of life along the Mississippi River that played a huge role in many of Twain’s works, as well as in his own life. Art director and stamp designer Phil Jordan collaborated with stamp artist Gregory Manchess, who based his portrait of Twain on a photograph taken around 1907.

USA 2011 Forever stamp sg?, scott? (the steamboat is not identified.)

http://about.usps.com/news/national-rel ... 11_076.htm

IMPOSSIBLE DREAM yacht

Three of the stamps feature young sailors who have already been successful in international events and are currently training for the Special Olympics in Athens this summer, which is the largest sporting event on Earth during 2011. 7,500 athletes from 185 nations will attend.
Sailability BVI is now a well-established program the object of which is to provide opportunities for young disabled persons to try their hand at sailing. It is affiliated to the Royal Yacht Association (RYA) in the UK and it was RYA Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, who opened the Watersports Centre in 2005.
The other three stamps feature Geoff Holt MBE, a quadriplegic, who was granted honorary “belonger” status in the BVI after he sailed across the Atlantic without assistance in 2010.
In presenting the stamps, Postmaster General Kevin Smith called Mr. Holt a symbol of tenacity and perseverance, and said he hopes the stamps would help inspire the people of the Virgin Islands to “make the seemingly impossible a reality”. In response, Geoff said he was pleased and humbled to be on a stamp, and joked that he thought it was an honour only granted to dead people. On two of the stamps, Mr. Holt is shown on his boat, IMPOSSIBLE DREAM. His trans-Atlantic journey ended in Cane Garden Bay, which was also where, in 1984, the injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down took place.
IMPOSIBLE DREAM a catamaran type sail yacht special built for the disabled which is wheelchair accessible.
Built by Multimarine Composites at Millbrook, U.K. for Mike Brown in 2003, the yacht was designed by Nic Bailey. Owned by the trust of the Charity Sporting Activities for the Disabled.
Launched as the IMPOSIBLE DREAM.
Displacement 29.7 ton, dim. 18.3 x 8.25 x 1.14m (draught).
Auxiliary powered by two 70hp Volvo diesels.
IMPOSSIBLE DREAM is unlike any other boat ever made. Built in the United Kingdom and designed by British architect Nic Bailey (co-architect of the famous London Eye), the cat was commissioned by Mike Browne, the founder of an outdoor clothing company who became a paraplegic after a skiing accident in 1998. It was later used as an adventure platform for British yachtsman Geoff Holt, who was paralyzed in a diving accident in 1984. Holt went on to circumnavigate the United Kingdom on the boat, and in 2010, he became the first disabled sailor to cross the Atlantic. Holt has moved on to bigger things and thanks to generous philanthropist Deborah Mellen, IMPOSSIBLE DREAM is now in Miami, where Horgan and his crew at “Shake-A-Leg” at Miami will use it for their own adventure: making impossible dreams possible.
2014 Same name and owners and still based in Miami.

British Virgin Islands 2011 50c and $1.00 sg?, scott? (the 5c,20c, 23c and 40c shows also yachts but are not identified.)

http://www.practical-sailor.com/blog/-11348-1.html Info from the BVI post website. Internet.

VOILE (SAIL)

For the sailing sport (I believe) this stamp was issued in 2011 by St Pierre et Miquelon, the two yachts are not identified. More info on the stamp issue is welcome.

St Pierre et Miquelon 2011 1.05 Euro sg?, scott?

SADKO tug

Russia issued in 2014 two stamps depicting crafts used for the oil and gas industries on the continental shelf of the country, one of this stamps depict the tug SADKO which is in use to assist the shipping in the port of Ust-Luga, 68 mile west of St Petersburg.
She was built as one of the Damen Group ASD 2810 tugs designed in the Netherlands and built on the Damen Shipyard Gdynia, Poland under yard no 511562 for the Future Link Shipping Co, Cyprus.
Launched as the SADKO, named after a Russian epical hero Sadko.
Tonnage 294 grt, 88 net, 160 dwt., dim. 27.90 x 10.43 x 4.60m, draught 3.70m.
Powered diesel electric by two Caterpillar diesel engines 3,132 hp, which power two MMASS type Azipod propellers speed 12.7 knots.
48.5 ton bollard pull.
08 May 2009 completed, homeport St. Petersburg, Russia.

2014 As given by http://www.equasis.org In service. Same owner, managed by Rosnefteflot, Moscow, IMO No 9521239.

Sovcomflot Press-Centre gives by the naming ceremony:
The naming ceremony for a new tug ordered by the Sovcomflot (SCF) Group, took place on 19 May 2009. The vessel forms part of Sovcomflot Group’s strategy to develop its terminals management business. This envisages, in particular, providing port, salvage and environmental protection vessels.
The ceremony was held at the Damen Shipyards Gdynia (Poland). It was attended by the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Gdansk Sergey Tuchkov, the Master of the Ust-Luga port Oleg Glukhov and representatives of SCF Group’s management team.
The new vessel is named after a Russian epical hero – Sadko.
The tug SADKO is the first in the series of ships, designed to facilitate the safe operation of tankers in the port of Ust-Luga. The second, similar tug – STAVR – will be delivered to SCF Group in August 2009. The tugs of the series will be registered in the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, with St. Petersburg as their port of registry. The vessels will all fly the flag of the Russian Federation.
The new tug SADKO meets all the requirements of the relevant international conventions and the leading classification societies. The tug of the “Damen ASD Tug 2810” project is a modern, ice-classed (Arc 4), highly manoeuvrable tug of 3132 kW equipped with Azimuth thrusters and with a bollard pull of 48 tonnes. The vessel has been designed to operate in the climate conditions of the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea. The tug is equipped with bow and stern towing winches and an external fire fighting system. It is capable of escorting large ocean-going tankers.
The SCF Group – is one of Russia’s largest infrastructural enterprises. Its fleet comprises 133 vessels of 9.5 million tonnes (dwt) in total, and the shipbuilding portfolio includes 28 ships of an aggregate deadweight of 2.7 million tonnes (dwt). The average age of vessel in the tanker fleet is six years (the world average age is 12 years). SCF Group is a world leader in the product carrier segment; it is the second in the Aframax tanker segment and owns the largest ice fleet. These market segments are the most in demand for Russia’s foreign trade. The Group’s services include not only transporting hydrocarbons for its customers, but also trans-shipping crude oil via FSO facilities and developing effective logistics for transporting energy. As part of its strategy to develop its oil terminal management business in Russia, Sovcomflot concluded a contract with the Leningrad Pella Shipyard (St. Petersburg) for the construction of four modern berthing tugs. The delivery of the first tug in this series is scheduled for November 2009.
Expansion of Russia’s salvage and specialised fleet by new modern vessels capable of enhancing the safety of navigation in sea ports is an important element of the implementation of goals envisaged by the sub-programme “Maritime transport” of the Federal task programme “Development of the transport system of the Russian Federation (in 2010 – 2015)”.

Russia 2014 15r sg?, scott? (stamp image supplied by Mr. Sitnikov with thanks.)
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Calpe HMS

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Calpe HMS

Postby john sefton » Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:01 pm

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HMS Calpe was one of thirty-two Type II Hunt Class destroyers. Built by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson at Tynemouth, she was launched on 28 April 1941 and commissioned on 29 November 1941.
She displaced 1,200 tons and had a speed of approx. 27 knots.
Her armament consisted of six 4" guns in twin HA/LA mountings, four 40mm pom-pom guns and two depth charges rails.
Whilst in the Mediterranean she spent most of June 1943 going between Gibraltar and Mers-El-Kebir escorting capital ships of Force H. She subsequently moved eastwards
escorting convoys in support of the invasion of Sicily in 1943.
Amongst the many actions she was involved in during her Mediterranean services she is best remembered for two encounters. On 13 December 1943, whilst on anti-submarine operations with USN Wainwright, her depth charges were successful in forcing the
Germany submarine U-593 to surface, to be subsequently sunk by gunfire. In October 1944, whilst in company with HMS Cleveland, she made offensive raids on German defences in the Aegean and also engaged and destroyed six German assault craft off the Island of Piscopi. She was awarded 8 battle honours of which 6 were for her
actions in the Mediterranean.
She left Gibraltar for the last time on 10 November 1946 flying her paying off pennant and was paid off into the Reserve Fleet on the 16 January 1946.
After the war she was reconstructed and in 1953 went on loan to the Royal Danish Navy as the 'RoIf Kraken' and was eventually scrapped in 1962.
The present holder of the name HMS Calpe is the Royal Naval
Reserve Headquarters Unit based in Gibraltar (the only RNR HQ
Unit outside the United Kingdom) which was formed in July 1965.
Gibraltar Philatelic.
Gibraltar SG638

Type II HUNT Class Escort Destroyer ordered from Swan Hunter at Wallsend in December 1939 under the 1939 War Emergency Programme. The ship was laid down as Job No 4196 on 12th June 1940. The ship was launched on 28th April 1941 as the 2nd RN warship to carry the name which was first used for a Prize (SAN JOSEF) captured in 1800. She was completed on 11th December 1941 and was adopted by Abingdon, Berkshire after a successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign in February 1942.

B a t t l e H o n o u r s
GUT OF GIBRALTAR 1801 - DIEPPE 1942 - ENGLISH CHANNEL 1942 - NORTH AFRICA 1942-43 - MEDITERRANEAN 1943 - SICILY 1943 - SALERNO 1943 - AEGEAN 1943 - SOUTH FRANCE 1944
H e r a l d i c D a t a
Badge : On a Field per fess wavy Red and Blue. a chess Rook Gold in front of two hunting horns in saltire White.
P o s t W a r N o t e s
HMS CALPE served with the Flotilla in the Indian Ocean until November 1946 when she took passage to UK to Pay-off and reduce to Reserve status. She was laid up at Sheerness on 17th January 1946 and transferred to Portsmouth in 1947. Later she went to Harwich and was transferred on loan to Denmark during 1952. Renamed ROLFE KRAKE this ship was sold to Denmark after 9 years on loan and deployed on the Active List until October 1966 when she was sold for breaking up locally.

http://www.naval-history.net/
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Re: Calpe HMS

Postby aukepalmhof » Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:01 pm

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Built as destroyer of the Hunt II type under yard No 1595 by Swan, Hunter & W. Richardson, Wallsend, for the Royal Navy.
20 December 1939 ordered.
12 June 1940 keel laid down.
28 April 1941 launched as the HMS CALPE (L71). The second ship under that name in the Royal Navy
Displacement 1,050 standard, 1,430 tons full load. Dim. 85.34 x 9.61 x 4.42m length bpp. 80.5m.
Powered by two geared stem turbines, 19,000 shp, twin shafts, speed 26 knots.
Range 2,560 miles by a speed of 20 knots.
Armament: 6 – 4 inch guns, 1 – 2 pdr. pompom, 2 – 20mm Oerlikon guns, 50 depth charges.
Crew 164.
11 December 1941 commissioned.

After commissioned joined the First Destroyer Flotilla, and serves there for over one year.
During that time she took part in the Raid on Dieppe on 19 August 1942 when she embarked the naval and military force commanders, during the raid she received minor damage from an air attack.
Then joined the Torch Operation in the Mediterranean as a unit of the 59th Destroyer Division till August 1943. Mostly used for the escort of capital ships between Gibraltar and Mers-El-Kebir.
From August 1943 until September 1943 a unit of the 48th Escort Group.
September 1943 until November 1943 a unit of the 50th Escort Group.
12 December 1943 as unit of the Mediterranean Hunts together with USS NIBLACK, WAINWRIGHT and BENSON and HMS HOLCOMBE she sank U 593 off the Algerian coast.
1944 She took part in the South of France landings, and on October 1944 carried the occupying forces to the Aegean Islands.
She returned briefly to the UK before heading again to the Mediterranean. Underwent a refit at Ferryville, Tunisia from 03 January 1945, after three months she left for Malta for further repairs.
11 May 1945 she returned home to Chatham of a unit of the 18th Destroyer Flotilla.
Stayed for a short time in Chatham before leaving for the Far East to join the 14th Destroyer Flotilla Eastern Fleet at Trincomalee where she was on VJ Day.
Returned thereafter to the UK to pay off into reserve at Sheerness on 17 January 1946.
January 1947 transferred to Portsmouth and later to Harwich.
1952 Was she transferred to Sheerness for a refit in preparation for her transfer to Denmark.
28 February 1952 loaned to the Danish Navy as ROLF KRAKE (F 342).
18 October 1954 commissioned in the Danish Navy.
Armament 3 – 102mm guns, 4 – 40mm MG. 4 depth charge mortars Mk. IV and 2 depth charge launchers.
Crew 148.
1962 Decommissioned.
26 October 1966 sold to Otto Danielsen for demolition in Denmark.

Gibraltar 1995 5p sg MS748, scott684a

Source: The Hunts by John English. http://www.navalhistory.dk/english/TheS ... Krake(1954).htm
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