Greenville Victory

Greenville Victory (T-AK-237) was laid down under U.S. Maritime Commission contract by California Shipbuilding Corporation, Los Angeles, California; 21 March 1944; launched 28 May 1944; and delivered to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) 8 July 1944. During the remainder of the war, SS Greenville Victory served as a merchant ship under charter to Sea Shipping Company of New York City.
Following World War II, she transported cargo in the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. She was transferred to the Army Transportation Service in the spring of 1948. Acquired by the Navy 1 March 1950, she was assigned to MSTS.
Manned by a civilian crew, Greenville Victory, from 1950 to 1953, operated in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean, carrying military cargo to French, English, and German ports; Guantanamo Bay; and the Panama Canal Zone.
Between 19 February and 9 May 1953, she sailed out of New York City to the Far East and back, loaded with ammunition for Korea. After completing a run to Europe and back, she again departed New York 9 July 1953 for the Far East. She reached Yokohama, Japan, 9 August and during the next 2 months operated in the Western Pacific Ocean, carrying ammunition to Formosa and to French forces fighting Communist Viet-Minh guerillas in French Indochina. Sailing from Yokohama 4 1953 October via San Francisco, California, she reached New York City 6 November 1953 to resume cargo runs to Europe.
During the next 2 years, Greenville Victory steamed primarily between New York City and West European ports. In June and July 1954 she sailed to the Western Mediterranean to replenish at-sea ships of the U.S. 6th Fleet. On 16 November 1955, she departed Newport, Rhode Island, for Antarctica and arrived at McMurdo Sound 16 January 1956 to provision ships of Task Force 43, as part of the Navy's Operation Deep Freeze. Departing Antarctica on 5 February 1956, and travelling via New Zealand, she arrived in New York on 28 March.
Between 1956 and 1964 Greenville Victory maintained a busy schedule transporting cargo to American bases scattered throughout the world. She replenished Task Force 43 on three more Antarctic deployments; and, from December to February 1956–57, 1957–38, and 1960–61, she operated in Antarctic waters. Cargo runs sent her to the Caribbean in 1958, 1960, and 1962 and to Thule, Greenland, during September and October 1958.
She also deployed with the 6th Fleet five times between June 1956 and March 1964. On two deployments in 1963 and 1964 she transited the Suez Canal, steaming to India and Pakistan.
Greenville Victory departed Norfolk, Virginia, 6 October 1964 to participate in the massive transatlantic trooplift exercise, "Steel Pike I." Departing Morehead City, North Carolina, 8 October, she closed the Spanish coast off Rota 19 October. For more than 2 weeks she discharged supplies and cargo in support of amphibious and shore operations. Departing Rota 7 November, she steamed via Morehead City to New York, arriving 20 November.
In response to American determination to protect South Vietnam from Communist forces, Greenville Victory departed New York 22 November 1964 for duty in the Western Pacific. Sailing via San Diego, California, she arrived Guam 24 December. During the next month she steamed to Okinawa, Korea, and Japan, carrying cargo. Arriving at Manila, Philippine Islands, on 26 January 1965, she sailed the 28th for Pearl Harbor and San Francisco, California. After reaching the U.S. West Coast on 25 February, she made a run out of San Francisco, California, to Seattle, Washington, then sailed for the U.S. Gulf Coast on 15 March, arriving New Orleans, Louisiana, on 28 March 1965.
During the next 5 months, Greenville Victory made cargo runs in the Atlantic out of Norfolk, Virginia, and New York. She departed New York 20 October 1965 after a voyage to Labrador and back. Steaming via Norfolk, Virginia, and Long Beach, California, she reached Yokohama, Japan, on 22 November 1965. Loaded with military cargo, she sailed for South Vietnam 30 November and arrived at Saigon 16 December. The following day she sailed via Vũng Tàu for the U.S. West Coast, arriving San Francisco 3 January 1966.
Greenville Victory replenished her holds with military supplies for anticommunist forces in Southeast Asia before returning to the Western Pacific. Sailing via Sasebo, Japan, she reached Bangkok, Thailand, on 13 February 1966. She sailed 22 February for South Vietnam and arrived Vũng Tàu the next day.
Having unloaded, she sailed 1 March 1966 for the U.S. West Coast to transport additional military material from the United States to Vietnam. She continued operations between the United States and the Western Pacific until transferred to the Atlantic at mid-year. In 1967 she was busy supplying NATO forces in Europe.
On 22 March 1976 Greenville Victory was transferred to the U.S. Maritime Administration who placed her in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, at Lee Hall, Virginia. On 26 May 1983 she was sold for scrapping. She was struck from the Navy List on 16 January 1987.
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HEART OF AMERICA US 51

HEART OF AMERICA was built as a 12-metre class yacht by Merrifield-Roberts Inc. boatyard, Bristol, Rhode Island for the Heart of America Challenge Syndicate Inc., Newport RI.
She was representing the Chicago Yacht Club, Chicago, Illinois.
Designed by Graham Gretsky, MacLane & Schlageter.
08 May 1986 launched in Newport R.I as the HEART OF AMERICA (US 51)
Displacement 25.9 ton, dim. 20.51 x 3.71 x 2.71m. (draught), length on waterline 13.99m.
Sail area 161.47 m².
The syndicate’s first challenge was to obtain a ruling from the New York Supreme Court that Lake Michigan on which Chicago laid was an arm of the sea, as required by the Deed of Gift for the Cup.
After completing she sailed for two weeks after completing, and then was taken by truck to Chicago, Illinois. At Chicago without unloaded from the truck was she christened on the truck, never touching the waters of Lake Michigan.
After the christening was she transported to San Francisco where she sailed on trials prior to being shipped to Freemantle, Australia, where she competed with skipper Harry C, “Buddy” Melges Jr.in the 1987 America Cup challenger eliminations, finishing eight.
The last time I find her was in the Los Angeles Time, where is given in the edition of 03 June 1990 she raced in San Diego Bay against two other America Cup yachts the AMERICA II and STARS & STRIPES “86 in which HEART OF AMERIC was the winner.
Since 1993 is she in Turkey.
2014 Can’t find a trace of her.

Solomon Islands 1986 $1 sg570a, scott570i

Source: Watercraft Philately 1988 page 69. Internet.

CONSTELLATION US 20

Built as a 12-metre class yacht for the Constellation Syndicate, Oyster Bay NY. by Miniford Yacht Yard, City Island, NY. For The Constellation Syndicate (Walter Gubelmann) of the New York Yacht Club.
She was built of double planked mahogany over oak frames.
Designed by Olin J. Stephens.
1964 Launched as the CONSTELLATION US 20.
Displacement 29 tons, dim. 20.83 x 3.66 x 2.66m (draught), length on waterline 14.02m.
Sail area 170 m².
She defeated in the America Cup held from 15 till 21 September 1964 at Newport, Rhode Island and skippered by Eric Ridder the challenger of the Royal Thames Yacht Club the SOVEREIGN skippered by Paul Anderson 4 – 0.
1966 Sold to Pierre E Goemans at Monte Carlo, Monaco, not renamed.
1979 Sold to L’Asoc Francais pour “la Coupe de l’America” at Hyéres, France, not renamed and used as trial horse for a French syndicate.
January 1980 sold to Security Change Ltd. Hamble, U.K. not renamed and already February 1980 sold to the British Industry 1500 Syndicate at London not renamed.
Used by the British as a trial horse, things are getting then a little murky, some sources give she sank early 1980s off Turkey under tow, but the 12 metre class gives that she in 1994 still was owned by the British Industry 1500 Syndicate, but at the internet in 2014 I can’t find anything on her after 1980s.

Sierra Leone 1987 50 le sgMS1016, scott843
Solomon Islands 1986 18c sg570a, scott573c

Source: Internet. http://www.12mrclass.com/yacht-search/d ... 05429.html

MARIA VAN RIEBEECK SAS S97

Built in 1968-'70 by Dubigeon Normandie, Nantes, for the South African Navy (SAN).
Submarine of the 'Daphné' class, Displacement:860 tons surfaced, 1034 submerged, L:57,80m. (190') B:6,75m. (22,1') Draught:5,23m. (17,2') 2 SEMT/Pielstick engines:2450 hp. 2 x 80 cell batteries, 2 Jeumont/Schneider electric motors:2600 hp. 13,5 kn. surfaced, 16 kn. submerged, Armement:12 x 550 mm. torpedos, crew:6 officers and 45 ratings, 6 to 10 trainees.
Sisterships: EMILY HOBHOUSE and JOHANNA VAN DER MERWE.

In 1967, after nearly two years of negotiations, an order was placed with the French Government for three Daphné class submarines. The first of these submarines was the SAS MARIA VAN RIEBEECK. It was laid down at the Nantes shipyard of Dubigeon-Normandie on 14 March 1968, was launched on 18 March 1969 and completed on 22 June 1970.

On 20 August 1970, MARIA VAN RIEBEECK collided with the French submarine GALATÉE (also a member of the Daphné class) off Toulon. Both submarines were badly damaged, with GALATÉE being forced to run aground to avoid sinking.

In 1999 renamed in SAS SPEAR, 2003 scrapped.

(South Africa 1982, 8 c. StG.506)
JFS 73/74 + internet.

WEATHERLY US 17

Built as a 12-metre class yacht by Luders Marine Construction at Stamford, CT, USA for the Weatherly Syndicate, of the New York Yacht Club.
Designed by Philip L. Rhodes.
1958 launched as the WEATHERLY US 17
Displacement 26.5 tons, dim. 21.03 x 3.62 x 2.72m (draught) length on waterline 13.86m
Sail area 166 m².

WEATHERLY (US 17) was an unsuccessful defence candidate for the 1958 America's Cup and victorious defender in the 1962 America's Cup.
Design
WEATHERLY was a keel sloop designed to the 12-Metre Rule. She was designed by Philip L. Rhodes and built by Luders Marine Construction Company at Stamford, Connecticut for a syndicate of owners formed by Henry D. Mercer, with Cornelius S. Walsch and Arnold D. Frese. WEATHERLY was launched in 1958. She was built of steel frames with mahogany planking.
Career
Skippered by Arthur Knapp, WEATHERLY competed with COLUMBIA, EASTERN, GLEAM and VIM for the right to defend the America's cup but was outclassed in the 1958 selection trials. COLUMBIA went on to successfully defend the Cup in 1958.
Modified by Philip L. Rhodes at Luders yard in 1962, WEATHERLY was redesigned with a shorter bow and reduced wetted surface. Weight saved in the redesign was put into the keel.
The defender selection trials pitted WEATHERLY against COLUMBIA, EASTERNER and NEFERTITI. On 25 August 1962, the NYYC selected WEATHERLY to defend the Cup against Australian challenger GRETEL. Skippered by Emil "Bus" Mosbacher, Jr., in September 1962, WEATHERLY defended the Cup 4–1 against GRETEL.
After the races she was then used for pleasure cruising and charters.
1966 Sold to U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point NY, not renamed.
1971 Sold to Douglas E. Jones, Kings Point, NY, not renamed.
1975 Sold to Lynn Summers and Alan Buchanan, Seattle WA, not renamed.
1981 Sold to Seattle Council Boy Scouts of America, Seattle, WA, not renamed.
1986 Sold to Weatherly, Inc. (George Hill), Seattle, WA.
She is now normally berthed at dockside at the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina and is available for chartering. She was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.
2014 Managed by America Cup Charters in Newport RI
1958 and 1962 Specification Comparison.

1958 1962
LOA 21.03 m (69.0 ft) 29.39 m (96.4 ft)
LWL 13.86 m (45.5 ft)
Beam 3.62 m (11.9 ft)


Draft 2.72 m (8 ft 11 in)
Sail Area 166 m2 (1,790 sq ft) 165.6 m2 (1,783 sq ft)
Displacement 26.5 tons 25.65 tons
Ballast 16.35 tons 18.4 tons
Mast Height 25 m (82 ft)

Antigua 1992 $1 sg1704, scott1623.
Barbuda 1993 $1 sg1447, scott?
Grenada 1987 $5 sgMS1615, scott
Solomon Islands 1987 18c sg570a, scott570.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weatherly_(yacht) http://www.12mrclass.com/yacht-search/d ... 70526.html Internet.

RAINBOW J4 yacht

RAINBOW a J-Class built yacht by Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, Bristol, Rhode Island, USA for the Harold Vanderbilt Syndicate of the New York Yacht Club.
The yacht was designed by William Starling Burgess.
15 May 1934 launched as the RAINBOW J4.
Tonnage 141 ton, dim. 38.61 x 6.40 x 4.45m (draught) length on waterline 25.11m.
Sail area 700.02 m².

She was built as and America Cup defender, but during the trials the YANKEE almost beat her.
The America Cup 1934 was sailed at Newport, Rhode Island, the defender was the RAINBOW of the New York Yacht Club against the challenger the British yacht ENDEAVOUR of the Royal Yacht Club.

The first race on 17 September 1934 was won by the ENDEAVOUR under skipper Sopwith, also the second race.
The third race was won by the RAINBOW under skipper Vanderbilt, also the fourth, fifth and sixth race, and the America Cup was won by the USA again.
After the America Cup the RAINBOW was laid up in a dry-dock where she was refitted.
1937 Sold to Chandler Hovey and contended for the defense of the 1937 cup but she lost against the RANGER.

1940 The RAINBOW was sold for scrap.
Solomon Islands 1987 18c sg570a, scott
Grenada 1987 $4 sg1614, scott

Source: Various internet sites.

Edmund B Alexander

In late 1940, as part of the National defence expansion undertaken in response to the Second World War, the thirty-five year old passenger liner America (formerly USS America (ID 3006) and USAT America) was reactivated for U.S. Army service. Renamed Edmund B. Alexander, she initially served as a barracks ship at St. John's, Newfoundland. After mid-1941 the ship was used as a transport in the Gulf of Mexico area and in May 1942 entered a Baltimore, Maryland, shipyard to begin a major modernization. This work, completed in April 1943, gave her new, oil-fired boilers, greater speed, and a much-changed appearance. Edmund B. Alexander spent the rest of the World War II era making transport runs between the United States, North Africa and Europe. She continued her work with the Army into the post-war era, primarily carrying military dependents. Placed in reserve in May 1949, USAT Edmund B. Alexander was sold for scrapping in January 1957.
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William And John

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William And John

Postby john sefton » Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:45 pm

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WILLIAM AND JOHN. Ship which carried settlers to the island in 1625.

The vessel depicted is not the WILLIAM AND JOHN but most probably a Dutch fluyt, a ships type which around that time was used by the Dutch merchant marine in large numbers. (see index for the details of the fluyt.)
The Dutch were calling already before 1625 at Barbados and via sources from the Dutch West India Company in Zeeland the Anglo-Dutch merchant William Courteen sent two ships to Barbados.
One of the ships was the WILLIAM AND JOHN or some sources given JOHN AND WILLIAM.
There is not any information on the ship, and the stamp design on the 1994 stamp depicts her “with a certain amount of Licence”.

Besides privateering by the Dutch, the search for salt was the mean drive for the Dutch, when they were sending out ships to the Caribbean to look for salt. They needed large quantities of salt for their fishing fleet to cure herring and other fish caught in the North Sea, and in the country for the preservation of meat
When the Dutch were under Spanish control salt could easily be obtained in Spain and Portugal, but when the ties were broken between the two countries on the end of the 16th century, other sources for salt were needed.
The Dutch found it at Punta del Araya on the coast of Venezuela.
The Spanish did not like this trade and many clashes took place there between the Dutch and Spanish ships
When in 1621 the Dutch West India Company (WIC) was formed, the outward cargo for these ships to the Caribbean and South America was all kind of merchandise while the homeward cargo was many times salt.
Around 1623 around 800 Dutch vessels were used in the trade from the Zeven Provincien to the Caribbean.

In 1625 the British Captain John Powel visited Barbados, and he took possession of the Island for England.

When he returned in the U.K. his employer William Courteen decided to send out British settlers to Barbados.
80 Settlers under the leadership of Henry Powel a brother of John left England on board two ships of which one was the WILLIAM AND JOHN.
20 February 1627 they arrived on the west coast of Barbados, were the settlers landed they named the place Jamestown after King James.

They brought with them 10 black slaves captured on the outward voyage from a Portuguese ship, and also all the equipment needed to begin a new colony.

Barbados 1975 4c sg538, scott?. 1994 $1.10 sg1086, scott883.

Source; Various web-sites. The Caribbean People by Lennox Honeychurch.

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