SHIP STAMP SOCIETY

SHIP STAMP SOCIETY

Interested in Ships and Stamps? The Ship Stamp Society is an international society and publishes it’s journal, Log Book, six time a year.
Other benefits include the availability of a "Packet" for anyone who wants to purchase or sell ship stamps.
Full membership of £17 (UK only) 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 http://www.shipstampsociety.com 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.

Island of Rapa-Iti (George Vancouver)

In 1987, French Polynesia released a stamp dedicated to the voyage of George Vancouver in the South Pacific. Captain George Vancouver (22 June 1757 – 10 May 1798) was a British officer of the Royal Navy, best known for his 1791–95 expedition, which explored and charted North America's northwestern Pacific Coast regions, including the coasts of contemporary Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. He also explored the Hawaiian Islands and the southwest coast of Australia.(For more details about G.Vancouver to see : viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9604)
December 22, 1791, the island of Rapa-Iti was discovered by George Vancouver , who headed the British cartographic expedition on the Discovery barge . On the shore, the British did not descend, the locals went to sea, to meet the travelers on 30 canoes , which carried over 300 men - the Rapaites . The islanders offered the aliens caught fish, behaved noisily, but not particularly sociable. Vancouver notes that the natives had virtually no weapons, except for a few copies and sling, the language of the local residents, he did not understand, but confidently attributed it to the group of languages of the islands of Ostral (the islands of Tubuai , ie Polynesian ). The English captain also drew attention to the fact that on the mountain peaks of the island there are numerous fortifications that are constantly guarded by armed guards. The island was named Oparo (this was the word most often pronounced by the natives, remembered by Vancouver ), since then Rapa-Iti appeared on the sea charts, and Europeans have become frequent visitors to its coastal waters. [12] In 1802 , near the island was English captain Roger Simpson, who worked for the famous entrepreneur and explorer ofAustralia, George Bass . Simpson on the barge "Nautilus" was heading to Tahiti to purchase pork for theSydney colonists, during his journey he visited the island of Raivawae , and moving from it to the south came across the islands of Marotiri and Rapa Iti , who, in honor of their friend and patron, called the Bass Islands[13] (some sources are mistakenly called the discoverer of the Marotiri islands of Bass himself. September 6, 1813 . the island of Rapa-Iti was seen by another English entrepreneur Stephen Reynolds, bound with cargo of sea otter skins from the coast of North America to Guangzhou , which he left a record in the ship's log. On July 20, 1815, the ship Endeavor, which was sent from Sydney for a route between New Zealand and the Marquesas Islands, stopped at the island. The crew left the most unflattering comments about the Rapaites , calling the islanders thieves, dragging everything that fell into their hands on the deck of the ship. In January 1817, the English missionary William Ellis spoke with the Rapaites from the ship's side, leaving the description of the islanders who came out to meet him on canoe. June 29, 1820 , two sloops of the Russian round-the-world Antarctic expedition under the command of F.F. Bellingshausen "Vostok" and "Mirny" abandoned anchors near Rapa-Iti and spent two days off the coast of the island. Local residents went to a meeting with aliens on 22 canoes on which there were about a hundred islanders and started a stormy trade with Russian sailors. In the middle of the last century, Thor Heyerdahl visited Rapa-Iti during his expedition. On an island in the mountains, he excavated and, as he described in his book "Aku Aku," in the tenth chapter, "Moronga Uta, the city of the ruins of the ruins," discovered ancient buildings, huge for such a small island lost in the ocean.
French Polynesia;1987;130f;SG?
Source:wikipedia.org/wiki/ George_Vancouver.
wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapa-Iti

TRAFALGAR SWORD

The Cayes of Belize issued a set of stamps for the Lloyds List of which the $2 depict not a ship but a historic sword what was handed out to 23 captains who took part in one of the world’s famous naval battles the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
The sword is made from steel and is strikingly decorated in blue and gold

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... 0-000.html

Cayes of Belize 1984 $2 sg?, scott?

VARDO and HAMMERFEST

Norway issued two stamps in 1989 to commemorate the bicentenary of the two oldest towns in the country of Finnmark. Both stamps shows some fishing vessels. I have been in north Norway many times to load frozen fish, every trip, we made calls in 10 – 14 fishing ports before we left Norway fully loaded across the North Atlantic for the USA during the end of the 1960s early 1970s.
At that time the type of fishing vessels depict on the stamp were built of wood and were fishing for cod with lines and hooks, sailing in the evening and returning the next morning with their catch, discharging at the fish factory for processing. The fishing vessels have not been identified.

Vardo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vard%C3%B8 Norway one of the ports we were loading is Norway’s most easterly town. The history of this town is strongly linked to Vardohus Fort which, for hundreds of years, provided protection anda guarantee that Vardo remains Norwegian. The first fortifications were started as early as the 14th century. Also the same time, mention was also made of Vardo as a fishing village. Since the middle of the last century, Vardo has grown and expanded and is now Norwegian’s largest fishing port.

Hammerfest: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hammerfest is the most northerly in the world, the town with the Meridian monument, and the first town in Europe to have electric street lighting. Hammerfest has long traditions as an important fishing village and was at one time a centre for fishing in the Polar Sea. Fishing and fish processing still have an important place in the life of Hammerfest. The town has also become a tourist attraction with international appeal.

Source Watercraft Philately 1991 page 12. Australian Stamp Monthly, May 1989.
Norway 1989 3k and 4k sg 1055/56, scott 938/39.

POLOTSK town coat of arms

Three stamps of Belarus have the same ship on a stamp, which is depict in the municipal arms of the town of Polotsk. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polotsk

The municipal arms of Polotsk (Vitebsk region) represents the image of a baroque shield on the blue ground of which there is a gold three-mast ship with unfolded silver sails floating on silver waves.

The 1985 stamp shows a portrait of Simeon of Polotsk (1629-1680) and in the background the coat of arms of the town. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symeon_of_Polotsk

The type of ship on the coat of arms looks if it is a cog, Polotsk was an important trading town with the Hanza towns in the Baltic.

Belarus 1992 2r sg 3 scott11. 1995 1800r sg 134, scott 137. 2017 N sg?, scott?

TERNUA 2017

TERNUA 2017: a sports challenge

“Ternua” is the old Basques name for Newfoundland.

In July 2017, a mixed crew composed of rowers from the Basque Country, Saint Pierre and Miquelon and the province of Quebec will sail the waters of the south coast of Newfoundland as well as those of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, that is to say a distance of 400 kilometers to be covered in 10 stopovers. The fishing longboat will act as a link between the first Basques who landed on the North American continent in the XIVth century and the new generation of Basques, Bretons and Normans who have settled in this region. For the event, a fishing longboat made of carbon fibre was built in the Basque Country.

28 July 2017 a team of rowers boarded the traditional Basques built boat and set off from Placentia, Newfoundland for the first leg of the journey, which will end in St. Pierre. St Pierre et Miquelon.

The traditional Basques boat used is a “trainiére”, of the trainiére the Aak to Zumbra a Dictionary of the World’s Watercraft gives:

The “trainiére” is a long narrow Basque pulling boat. Fished mainly within sight of shore with a large net until ca 1912.Carvel-planked; flat floors, rounded bilges, generally little sheer. Rounded stern, straight stem, slightly tumble home; very fine run. When sailed, shipped a narrow rudder that extended well below the bottom; tiller slotted over the rudderhead. Heavy sectional weatherboards were removed as needed when rowed; short end decks. Rowed by 12 – 18 oarsmen on 8 -11 benches. Set 2 lugsails when appropriate. Foremast stepped through foredeck; mainmast roughly amidships. She are now motorized. Crew included a helmsman.
Reported lengths 10 – 14m e,g, length 10m, beam 1.83m, depth 0.8m.

There is no real term in English for « trainière ». We have chosen the term fishing longboat. Originally a « trainière » was a fishing boat used by the Basque fishermen. It was an open rowboat with 13 rowers and a helmsman on board, used to fish small fish like sardines with a fishnet. Speed was necessary, as the first vessel to arrive at the wharf with its catch had the best chances to sell all its produce. Hence, the origin of the modern day rowing competition sport using fishing longboats.

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St Pierre et Miquelon 2017 1.40 Euro sg?, scott?

SAINT PIERRE cutter

The French priest Paul Maze (1885-1975) the future bishop of Tahiti was appointed to the Tuamotu Islands in French Polynesia around 1918 where he was based at the Hikueru Atoll first with Father Amédée Nouailles but when Nouailles after two years was called back to Tahiti, was he alone in charge of the Tuamotu Archipelago.
To visit all the atolls he used mostly trading sailing schooners till Mr. Doudoute built him a small cutter which was christened the SAINT-PIERRE.

He became bishop of Tahiti in 1938.

The stamp shows him and the cutter with in the background a map of the Tuamotu Islands. More details on the cutter is welcome.

Source Internet and Watercraft Philately 1989 page 12.
French Polynesia 1987 115 Fr, sg 523, scott?
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Icarus HMS 1936

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Icarus HMS 1936

Postby john sefton » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:38 am

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Name: HMS ICARUS
Builder: John Brown and Company, Clydebank, Scotland, Laid down: 9 March 1936, Launched: 26 November 1936, Commissioned: 1 May 1937, Decommissioned: 29 August 1946, Identification: Pennant number: D03, Fate: Scrapped 1946
General characteristics: (as built)
Class and type: I-class destroyer, Displacement: 1,370 long tons (1,390 t) (standard), 1,888 long tons (1,918 t) (deep load), Length: 323 ft (98.5 m), Beam: 33 ft (10.1 m), Draught: 12 ft 5 in (3.8 m), Installed power: 34,000 shp (25,000 kW), Propulsion: 2 shafts, Parsons geared steam turbines, 3 Admiralty 3-drum water-tube boilers, Speed: 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph), Range: 5,530 nmi (10,240 km; 6,360 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph), Complement: 145, Sensors and processing systems: ASDIC, Armament: 4 × 1 - 4.7-inch (120 mm) guns, 2 × 4 - 0.5-inch (12.7 mm) machine guns, 2 × 5 - 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes, 20 × depth charges, 1 rail and 2 throwers, 60 × Mines.
Service record
Commanders: Colin Maud, Operations: North Sea 1939, Atlantic 1939-44, Narvik 1940, Norway 1940-41, Dunkirk 1940, Bismarck Action 1941, Arctic 1941-43, Malta Convoys 1942, Normandy 1944, English Channel 1945.
Victories: Sank U-45, U-35 (1939), U-744 (1944), U-1199 (1945)
HMS ICARUS was an I-class destroyer that served with the Royal Navy in World War II.
On 29 November 1939, ICARUS sighted the German U-boat U-35 between the Shetland Islands and Bergen (Norway), but was unable to launch an effective attack because her ASDIC (sonar) was out of commission. Fellow destroyers Kingston and Kashmir were called to the scene, and ICARUS departed. Kingston was able to launch a successful depth charge attack, forcing the U-boat to surface and scuttle itself.
ICARUS participated in the Norwegian campaign in 1940, first capturing the 8,514 ton German supply ship ALSTER (brought to the UK and renamed EMPIRE ENDURANCE) on 11 April and then taking part in the Second Battle of Narvik on 13 April 1940.
In early May 1941, the British Admiralty was on the alert that the Bismarck might attempt to break out into the North Atlantic; so ICARUS was ordered to Scapa Flow for possible deployment against the Germans. On 22 May, just after midnight, ICARUS sailed along with the destroyers ACHATES, ANTELOPE, ANTHONY, ECHO, and ELECTRA, escorting the battlecruiser HOOD and the battleship PRINCE OF WALES to cover the northern approaches. The intention was that the force would refuel in Hvalfjord, Iceland, and then sail again to watch the Denmark Strait.
On the evening of 23 May, the weather deteriorated. At 20:55 hrs., Admiral Lancelot Holland aboard the HOOD signalled the destroyers "If you are unable to maintain this speed I will have to go on without you. You should follow at your best speed." At 02:15 on the morning of 24 May, the destroyers were ordered to spread out at 15 miles (24 km) intervals to search to the north. At about 05:35, the German forces were sighted by the HOOD, and shortly after, the Germans sighted the British ships. Firing commenced at 05:52. At 06:01, HOOD took a 38 centimetres (15 in) shell from Bismarck in the after magazine, which caused a massive explosion, sinking the ship within 2 minutes. ELECTRA and the other destroyers were about 60 miles (97 km) away at the time.
Upon hearing that the HOOD had sunk, ELECTRA raced to the area, arriving about 2 hours after the HOOD went down. They were expecting to find many survivors, and rigged scrambling nets and heaving lines, and placed life belts on the deck where they could be quickly thrown in. From the 94 officers and 1,321 ratings aboard the HOOD, just three survivors were found. ELECTRA rescued them, and continued searching. Shortly thereafeter, ICARUS and Anthony joined in the search, and the three ships searched the area for more survivors. No more were found, only driftwood, debris, and a desk drawer filled with documents. After several hours searching, they left the area.
She participated and in Operation Pedestal, escorting a convoy to Malta in August 1942.
ICARUS was involved in many important events of World War II, Dunkirk, Spitzbergen, and numerous Atlantic and Russian convoys.
ICARUS sank four German U-boats: On 14 October 1939 she participated in sinking of U-45 in the Western Approaches with destroyers Inglefield, Ivanhoe and Intrepid.
On 29 November 1939 U-35 was scuttled by its crew in the North Sea, after a depth charge attack from ICARUS, Kingston and Kashmir. All 43 hands on board survived.
On 6 March 1944 she sank U-744 while in company with the corvette Kenilworth Castle, the Canadian frigate St. Catharines, corvettes Fennel and Chilliwack and destroyers Chaudiere and Gatineau in the North Atlantic.
On 21 January 1945 she sank U-1199 while in company with the corvette Mignonette in the English Channel near the Isles of Scilly.
A long-time captain of ICARUS, Colin Maud, was the Juno beach master at the D-day landings; in the film 'The Longest Day' he was played by Kenneth More, complete with bulldog.
Lieutenant-Commander John Simon Kerans, famous for his part in sailing HMS AMETHYST, down the Yangtze River, a feat made famous in the film Yangtse Incident, also served in ICARUS as "number one".
July – August 1945. Transferred to 3rd Submarine Flotilla in place of HM Sloop BRIDGEWATER. Deployed for training of submarine crews in Clyde area.
HMS ICARUS continued her submarine training role until November 1945 when she was detached to take part in Operation DEADLIGHT (destruction of surrendered U-Boats). In January 1946 the ship escorted U3515 to Libau in the Baltic for handing over to USSR. After her return to Clyde she resumed submarine training duties until July 1946 when she paid-off and was reduced in the Reserve. This ship was placed on the Disposal List and sold to BISCO for demolition by South of Scotland Shipbreakers. She arrived in tow at the shipbreaker’s yard in Troon on 29th October 1946.
Sources Wikipedia.
http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chrono ... ICARUS.htm.
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