Interested in Ships and Stamps? The Ship Stamp Society is an international society and publishes it’s journal, Log Book, six time a year. Full membership includes receiving Log Book by post, but there is an online membership costing just £12pa.
Full details can be found on our web site at where you can also join and pay your chosen subscription through Paypal or by cheque.
A free sample of Log Book is available on request.

l'HERMIONE replica

Built as a wooden replica of the original ship, built by Asselin at Le Chantier de Arsenal at Rochefort France for Association Hermione-La Fayette, France.
1995 Ordered
06 July 2012 launched as the HERMIONE a replica of the 1779 built Concordia class frigate HERMIONE.
Displacement 1,166 tons, dim. 65 x 11.24 x 5.78m. (draught)
Sail auxiliary three masted full rigged, oak hulled wooden warship, sail area 2,200 m².
May 2013 she made her first sailing trial on the Charente River.
Armament: total of 32- (non-functional replica) guns, 26 -12 pdr, and 6 – 6 pdr. guns
Crew 80.
2015 Completed.
The HERMIONE is a Concorde class frigate, completed in Rochefort by the Asselin organisation in 2014. She is a reproduction of the 1779 HERMIONE, which achieved fame by ferrying General Lafayette to the United States in 1780 to allow him to re-join the American side in the American Revolutionary War.
This project was conceived by members of the Centre International de la Mer in 1992, and construction began in 1997, envisaging a launch in April 2015 (as compared to the original, which took less than a year to build).
The shipyard was in one of the two dry docks beside the Corderie Royale at Rochefort.
As far as possible, traditional construction methods were used although modern power tools were substituted for the period tools on some jobs. The site is open to the public, and admission fees help fund the project.
English plans of a sister ship, CONCORDE, were used. The cost was estimated to be $22 million. The original plans had been modified in several ways for reasons of strength and safety: planks had been bolted rather than pegged to avoid movement during the long period of construction. Similarly, the mast sections were fastened with glue rather than metal hoops to avoid water penetration. The cannons are lightweight and non-functional to save weight, and for safety reasons. Hemp rigging was used, and the sails made of linen.
An engine will be used for safety, and electric generators for lighting and basic amenities.
2015 voyage
In preparation for a transatlantic voyage in 2015, the frigate departed from Rochefort and started her sea-worthiness trials on 7 September 2014.
In April 2015, HERMIONE started her return voyage to the United States. HERMIONE’s itinerary is meant to reaffirm the relationship between the United States and France.

St Pierre et Miquelon 2015 1.38 Euro sgMS?, scott? ... ione_(2014)


A nice set of Portugal with local craft used for fishing, I am wondering by this craft where the crew is, the crafts are under full sail and have a nice bow-wave so she are underway without a crew.
Located on the south-western edge of Europe, Portugal was classified as a border country by geographer Orlando Ribeiro. Boats travelling from the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, which had been visiting the country since ancient times, strongly influenced Shipbuilding, leading Portuguese shipwrights to adopt two distinct techniques: Nordic clinker planking (overlapping planks and an end structure) and Mediterranean smooth planking (a front structure and juxtaposed planks).
The Douro River represents the cultural frontier that separated the two aforementioned styles, with Nordic-style boats prevailing in north-western rivers. To the south, and along the coast, Mediterranean-style boats dominated.
In addition to this cultural duality, barges and other boats boasting markedly Mediterranean features were commonly found in the Algarve, particularly in the coastal areas closest to neighbouring Andalusia, of which the most representative examples are the Calão and the Xávega. The latter has not been included in this stamp issue, as it is already featured in the “Portucale 77- Barcos da Costa Portuguesa” (Portucale 77 – Portuguese Coastal Boats) issue, launched in 1977. Both these boats bear traces from ancient Phoenician and Greek vessels, mostly evident in their bow decorations. Both boats feature a raised piece on the bow, horn- shaped in the Calão and in the shape of an elongated, stylised swan neck in the Xávega. Both boats feature barge-like hulls, without transoms. The Calão was propelled by oars or sails, whereas the Xávega was only propelled by oars. Although both were trawlers, the Calão also assisted larger ships engaged in deep sea fishing, namely tuna fishing, and transported fish to the shore.
The Canoa do Alto or Caçadeira, the Canoa da Picada and the Caíque were seagoing boats. The optimal performance afforded by their hulls inspired the building of recreational boats, widely used in regattas from the 19th century onwards, particularly by the Portuguese Royal House.
The Canoa da Picada carried salted sardines to the port of Lisbon; its leisure version, rigged differently, was known as coquette.
The Caíque, a fishing boat also used in port-to-port shipping, sailed on Moroccan waters and the Western Mediterranean. The “Bom Sucesso” (Good Fortune), a boat from Olhão, crossed the South Atlantic to take the news of the expulsion of Napoleon’s armies from Portugal to the Royal Family, exiled in Brazil.
The Galleon was introduced to the Algarve from Andalusia, to sail the high seas. This boat was soon replaced with a steam version and since then reconverted, to be used in the transport of salt. Its excellent performance on the high seas led a few sailing enthusiasts, namely from the Netherlands, to buy these boats and turn them into sports and pleasure craft.
The five boats depicted in this stamp issue portray Mediterranean traditions, not only regarding shipbuilding techniques but also in what concerns their origins.
Portugal Post web-site.

“galeão”: One of a team of boats working out of the Tagus Estuary, employing the large ring net. The rest of the team includes the motorized mother ship also called galeão, several buques and 1 – 2 small boats to serve the mother ship. The sailing galeão transport the net and aids in setting and hauling it.
Carvel-planked; sharp ends; curved stem with shredded wool on the stemhead to reduce chaffing of the sail; curved sternpost; keel.
Decked, 5 hatches. Outboard rudder with tiller. Mainly rowed; 7 rowing benches along each side; 2 men on each of the 6 oars forward of the mast, and 2 on the 8 oars abaft the mast. Oars held to tholepins by strops.
Quadrilateral lateen type sail with a short luff used when going to and from the fishing grounds. Forward raking mast secured by single shrouds.
Crew of 40 man and 4 boys.
Length 15.7m, beam 4m, depth 1.0m, 13.65 rt.

Portugal 2015 MS 1.80 Euro sg?, scott? (in margin of sheet on right side of stamp.)
Source: Aak to Zumbra, a dictionary of the World’s Watercraft.


“canoa do alto”: Engaged in offshore fishing in the area from the Tagus River to the south coast.
Straight stem, curved forefoot; shredded wool on stemhead reduces sail chafing; wide raked wine-glass transom. Drag to the straight keel; bilge keels; high sides, strong sheer; 2 wales. Some full decked; more often only a foredeck; enclosed bench aft. Outboard rudder with tiller. Set a lateen sail or quadrilateral lateen-type sail with a short luff. Forward raking mast stepped on keelson. Some also employed a sprit-rigged, aft raking mizzenmast sheeted to an outrigger (as seen on stamp)
Rowed in calms and when shooting the net. Crew 11-13 plus 1-2 boys.
Reported lengths 6.58 – 8.5m; e.g. length 7.7m, beam 3m, depth 1.0m.

Portugal 2015 0.45 Euro sg?, scott? MS 1.80 Euro sg?, scott? (in margin of sheet.)
Source: Aak to Zumbra, a dictionary of the World’s Watercraft.


“canoa da picada”; Developed by Portugal in the late 19th century as a fast seaworthy vessel to carry the catch from fishing boats to the Lisbon market. Also fished and in modified form has been a pleasure craft; reported also as a cargo carrier from south coast ports. Typical features include a long rounded counter stern above a sharply raked sternpost, maximum beam abaft amidships, and a gaff mizzen stepped on the counter and sheeted to an outrigger. Plump stem, deep drag to the keel, round bottom with slack bilges. Shredded wool on the stemhead prevents chafing of the sail.
Decked. 3 hatchways. Inboard rudder; tiller. May tow a small tender called an “aiola’. Sets a large quadrilateral lateen type sail with a short luff as a mainsail to a forward-raking or vertical mast; yard, carried generally to starboard, extends beyond the bow; tack to steamhead. Might also set a foresail and a mizzen staysail. Rowed in calms, oars stropped to tholepins.
Crew of 15 – 18 when serving as a market boat.
Reported lengths 13.7 – 18m. e.g. length 18m, beam 5.5m, depth 1.5m.

Portugal 2015 0.80 Euro. Sg?, scott?
Source Aak to Zumbra, a dictionary of the World’s Watercraft.


“calão”; A fishing boat used on the coast of the Algarve and also used to transport the fish too markets. Length between 7.5 – 12m.
Not much sheer, with a round bow which was open, oval stern and an outside rudder with tiller.
At least three rowing benches for the 6 rowers, three on each side.
One mast which carried a triangle sail.
Characterized by a painted eye (oculi) on the bow.
Crew 10 – 12 men.

Portugal 2015 0.72 Euro, sg?, scott?
Source: Internet.


The left top stamp shows Étienne Brûlé with a canoe.
The explorers of New France introduced Europeans to the Canadians Indians, outlined the geography of Central Canada and found the way west. Born in France about 1592, Étienne Brûlé (c1592 – 1633) arrived at Quebec in 1608. In 1610 Samuel de Champlain sent him to live with the Huron and to learn their language. The adventurous Brûlé was more than an interpreter, though. He became the first European to shoot the Lachine rapids and to set eyes on Lakes Huron, Ontario, Superior and Erie. Artist Frederick Hagan of Newmarket, Ontario, created the images for these stamps. The paintings project the power of strong colour to evoke the moods of changing seasons and landscape. Forest, lake, river and hilltops combine with elements of cartography and the heraldry of flags to suggest the activities and experiences of the early explorers of Central Canada. J.F. Britton of Oakville, Ontario, prepared the typography for the stamp designs. Most probably the canoe used as seen on the stamp was a “north canoe” also named “canot de maitre”.

The top right stamps shows Radisson and Des Groseilliers with in the middle of the stamp a voyage canoe.

In the 1640's, Radisson and Des Groseilliers arrived in New France. Both were seasoned coureurs de bois when in August 1659 they set out together for the "pays d'en haut" (hinterland). Geographic information gained from their conversations with the Lake Superior Indians led to the creation of the Hudson's Bay Company. Artist Frederick Hagan of Newmarket, Ontario, created the images for these stamps.

The lower stamp left shows also a voyage canoe.

In 1672 the Governor of New France commissioned Joliet, fur trader, organist and former candidate for the priesthood, to lead an expedition to the Mississippi River. He and Father Marquette, a Jesuit fluent in six Indian languages, discovered the Mississippi in 1673 and determined that it flowed south, not west.

The lower right stamp depict not a watercraft.

The explorers of New France introduced Europeans to the Canadians Indians, outlined the geography of Central Canada and found the way west. Champlain wanted to convert the Indians to Christianity, so in 1615 he brought Recollet missionaries to New France. Jesuits and Sulpicians, followed later. These were the best educated and most idealistic explorers yet to reach Canada. Their detailed reports were a goldmine of information for both contemporaries and historians.

Canada 1987 34c sg1232/35, scott?

Canadian Post press release 1987.

Calpe HMS

The full index of our ship stamp archive

Calpe HMS

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

Click image to view full size
SG748MS 5.jpg
Click image to view full size
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
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.
Gibraltar SG748ms
john sefton
Posts: 1669
Joined: Sun Mar 22, 2009 1:59 pm

Re: Calpe HMS

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

Click image to view full size
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. ... Krake(1954).htm
Posts: 4310
Joined: Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:28 am

Return to Ship Stamps Collection

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Baidu [Spider], Google Adsense [Bot], Google [Bot], Majestic-12 [Bot], Yahoo [Bot] and 11 guests

Sponsored Links