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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CLONMEL

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CLONMEL

Postby aukepalmhof » Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:21 pm

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The paddle steamer CLONMEL was arguably the first luxury steamship to operate in Australian waters and a stark contrast to its slow and uncomfortable predecessors. The CLONMEL departed Sydney on only its second voyage in December 1840, with 80 passengers and crew. On 1 January 1841, the CLONMEL struck a sandbar on the east coast of Victoria. All on board were saved, though the highly valuable cargo of bank notes and expensive drapery had been thrown overboard in a desperate attempt to save the ship. The wreck is the oldest located steamship wreck in Australia and an important archaeological site. The shipwrecks event also helped to draw attention to an alternate access route to the rich grazing land now known as Gippsland.
The painting of the CLONMELis by maritime artist Ian Hansen. The crystal decanter and stoppers, which symbolise the luxurious nature of the ship, are part of the Heritage Victoria collection.
https://australiapostcollectables.com.a ... shipwrecks

Built as a wooden hulled paddle steamer in Birkenhead, U.K. (can’t find a yard) for The Waterford Steamship Company, Ierland
1836 Delivered to owners under the name CLONMEL.
Tonnage 524 gross, 298 net, dim. 154,8 x 21.5 x 16.6 ft.
Powered by a 220 hp steam engine manufactured by George Forrester and Co., Liverpool, speed maximum 10 knots under steam. Coal consumption 610 kg a hour.
Accommodation for 36 passengers.
Two masted top-sail schooner.
Built for the ferry service between Liverpool and Waterford across the Irish Sea.

1840 Sold to Edye Manning & partners, Sydney.
She sailed from the U,K to Australia under sail, the passage took her almost 5 months.
05 October 1840 arrived in Sydney.
Early December 1840 she made her first voyage in the service from Sydney to Melbourne and Launceston. She was not so lucky on her second voyage in the service from Sydney she was lost without loss of life.

The newspaper “The Perth Gazette and Western Australia Journal of 20 February 1841 have the following on the wrecking of the CLONMEL.
Source: Various websites.
LOSS OF THE CLONMEL.
The following account of the loss of the steam-ship CLONMEL, we have taken from the Sydney Herald dated 20th January copied into that journal from the Port Phillip Herald. This was the first steamer established to open a communication be-tween Sydney and Port Phillip, and the expectations of its usefulness in increasing the traffic between the two ports, has been thus early blighted. It is regarded as a national loss, and a most previous calamity
A narrative of the occurrence is thus given by Mr. D. C. Simpson, one of the passengers, who, it is stated, exhibit the most heroic conduct, and is reported to be the principal sufferer both in purse and person :-
On Wednesday afternoon, the 30th Dec. 1840 I embarked on board the steam-ship CLONMEL, Lt. Tollervey, commander, bound from Sydney to Port Phillip. The passengers and crew consisted of 75 individuals. At four p. m., rounded the south head of Port Jackson ; wind from the southward, blow-ing fresh. Next morning, 31st, found us Jarvis's bay; wind still adverse with a strong head sea, the vessel progressing at an average of seven knots an hour. At daylight the first of January, Cape How bore W.S.W. of us; in the course of the morning sighted Ram Head, and took a fresh departure steering for Wilson's Promontory. The wind was now fair with smooth sea, and our course S.W. W.; the wind and weather continued favourable during the day and night. A little after three a. m., of 2d Jan., all the passengers were startled by the ship striking heavily. On reaching the deck I discovered breakers a-head ; the captain, who had been on deck during the whole of the middle watch, giving orders to back a-stern, and doing all in his power to rescue the ship from her perilous situation. Finding that the engines were of no avail in backing her off the bank on which we now found she had struck, orders were given to throw overboard cargo, &c., to lighten her, but without the desired effect, the vessel still surging higher upon the reef. The anchors were then let go, when, after a few more bumps, she swung head to wind, taking the ground with her stern, and bedding herself, with the fall of the tide upon the sand, rolling hard and striking occasionally. During the whole of this trying scene the most exemplary conduct was shown by the crew in obeying the orders of the captain and officers. Daylight had now made its appearance, and we found ourselves on shore on a sand spit at the entrance of Corner Inlet, about half a mile from the beach, between which and the vessel a heavy surf was rolling. It is necessary here to remark, that the course steered and the distance run, would not have warranted any person in believing us so near the shore, as we actually found ourselves. The sea was smooth, the wind fair, and the vessel going at the rate of at least ten knots an hour, and it was impossible for any navigator to have calculated upon such an inlet carrying a vessel, under the circumstances above alluded to, 30 or 30 miles to leeward out of her course, in eighteen hours. Capt. Tollervey's conduct had hitherto been that of a careful and watchful commander; he was on deck during the whole of the middle watch, which he himself kept, anxiously on the lookout and was on the paddle-box at the time the vessel struck, but the night proving misty, nothing could be seen beyond the length of the vessel. Had it pleased Providence to have retarded our voyage by half an hour, the calamitous event would have been avoided; but it was otherwise ordained.
Capt. T., on finding all attempts to get the vessel off by running kedges and warps out, throwing overboard cargo, &c., unavailing, and a strong sea rising with the floodtide, turned his attention to the safety of the passengers and crew. After several trips by the whale-boats first, and assisted by the quarter boats afterwards, every soul was landed in safety by 2 p.m., the captain being the last to leave the vessel. A sufficiency of sails, awnings, and lumber was brought on shore to rig out tents for all hands; and everybody set to work to make an encampment; in a short time the ladies and females were comfortably housed, having beds placed for them in a weather proof tent; the male passengers and crew were equally accommodated by means of spare sails and awnings brought from the ship, and we found ourselves at sundown as well provided for as we under the circumstances could desire.
A boat was prepared to be dispatched to Melbourne for relief, a crew of five men instantly volunteered ; Mr. Simson, who headed the party, and another passenger, joined in the undertaking, and with much difficulty, after being out in a whale-boat 63 hours, attained their object.
'The cutters SISTERS and WILL WATCH sailed for the wreck with all possible dispatch, but the result of the humane efforts of the captains of these vessels, has not transpired, but as the passengers and crew were safely landed, and were supplied with at least 10 days provisions, no apprehensions are entertained for their safety.
Among the passengers were Mr. and Mrs. Walker, (Mrs. W. is .the daughter of Mr. Blaxland, M.L.C., and the present is the second shipwreck she has suffered) ; Mr. Goodwin, of the firm of Hamilton & Goodwin of this town, to whom one half of the cargo belonged ; Mr. Robinson, of the Union Bank, having in his charge 3,000l. of the Bank's notes received at Sydney.
The whole has been lost, and is supposed to have been stolen - the Bank of course will sustain the loss; Mr. and Mrs. Cashmore, newly married, and bringing a large quantity of goods for the new establishment intended to be immediately opened at the corner of Collins and Elizabeth streets. There were on board 300 tons of coals and 200 tons general cargo. At the time Mr. Simpson left, her false keel and part of the sheathing was floating about the vessel, but she was not making any water, and he is of opinion that should the weather continue moderate, she would be got off.
When she first struck, her rate of speed was upwards of 10 miles an hour. We are sorry to have to add that the fire-men, and some others, acted in a most disgraceful manner.

Australia 2017 $1 sg?, scott?
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