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Norfolk Island has not a deep water harbour, ships are required to anchor about a kilometre or so off shore. The cargo is then transferred from the hold of the ship to lighters. The 30 feet lighters, which are a local adaption of wooden whaling boats, are then towed by launch to the jetty.
Of the whalers used on Norfolk Island after which the lighters were built see: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=13176&p=14506&hilit=blessing+of+the+whalers#p14506

Loading jetties are located at Kingston and Cascade, but ships cannot get close to either of them. When a supply ship arrives, it is emptied by whaleboats towed by launches, five tonnes at a time. Which jetty is used depends on the prevailing weather on the day. The jetty on the leeward side of the island is often used. If the wind changes significantly during unloading/loading, the ship will move around to the other side. Visitors often gather to watch the activity when a supply ship arrives.

Much more is given on the following URL: ... nic-fleet/ ... olk_Island
Norfolk Island 1988 39 and 55c sg452/53, scott?. 1990 5c and10c sg483/84, scott?. 1993 45c sg 541, scott? 1996 $3.70 sg627, scott?, and 45c sg 629, scott? 2000 sgMS 731, scott? 2001 45c/$1.50 sg?, scott?


The Isle of Man issued two stamps in 1974 for the 1000th centenary of King Magnus Haraldson.

Under which name he was known has in the years many times spelled differently in the documents, but most probably it was King Magnus Haraldson, when born is also not known.
He was King of the Isle of Man and on the 8p stamp his fleet is seen. Twice in the year he sailed with this fleet of between 3600-4800 sails around the British Islands as admiral of the fleet to clear the waters around the islands from pirates especially the Danes and Normans. Also his coat of arms is depict on the stamp. Why are she rowing she are under sail, and why carry the shields outboard, so far I know the shields were only used during battle in this way, and clearly not a battle took place on this stamp.
The 4p stamp shows Magnus Haraldson in a stately barge with King Edgar of England on the River Dee in Wales. The skyline of the town in the background is of the town of Chester, a mistake has been made. The skyline of the town is from a drawing of the 14th century. Of the barge I have not any info, looks she is rowed by kings, all wearing a crown, King Edgar standing in the stern.
King Magnus Haraldson died in 977, but also other years have been given.

Source: Various internet sites.
Isle of Man 1974 4½p and 8p sg51/52, scott?


Felucca served as a cargo carrier, passenger vessel, man-of-war, corsair, and guardian of ports. Terra has been applied to a number of differ¬ent types of vessels during a long history that ended in the 19th century. Small types generally both rowed and sailed; large vessels only sailed, stepping 1-3 masts. Generally set lateen sails, although a sprit rig was common on some small open feluccas in the 17th century. Some As many as 20 banks of oars used and, on older types, outboard gangways supported standing rowers. Sharp ends, flat floors, shallow keel, flared sides. Most had a low beak. The later Spanish craft had a very tall stem extension. Most had an overhang¬ing poop deck, some had a cabin aft, and larger vessels were fully decked. On some, the helm could be placed at either end as needed. The corsair carried ca. 20 men. Reported lengths 9-19m, widths 1.8-3.7m, depths 0.7-1.12m.
Feluccas are the traditional sailboats of Egypts Nile . Egyptians and foreigners alike enjoy a relaxing felucca ride, as they are perfect for catching the breeze on a hot summer night, The felucca has remained, over the centuries, the primary transportation of the Nile . Its ancient form still graces the river as it has been done since the time of the Pharaohs. The felucca relies entirely on the breeze which builds during the day, and the Nile River's current. Egypt is blessed with a predominant southerly wind that pushes sailboats upriver, while allowing them to return on its current downstream.
Egipt 2014;le4. Dominica 1998; 90c; SG2459. Monaco 1979;1f50; SG1396. Uganda 1998;3000s;SG Ms1973b. (In margin of sheet).
Source: A Dictionary of the world’s Watercraft from Aak to Zumbra. ... rev=search

LILIAN GRANDIN in a sampan on the Yangtze River.

Jersey issued in 1976 a set of four stamps to commemorate that 100 years ago Mrs. Lilian Grandin was born on the island. One stamp the 7p has a maritime theme, it shows Mrs. Grandin in a sampan on the Yangtze River in China.

Of the river sampan is given: She was used by Mrs. Grandin on the Yangtze River, this sampan is a passenger sampan which is decked and covered, steered with a long sweep. poled or rowed, set a single square sail.

Lilian Grandin, born in St Helier in 1876 (a commemorative plaque on the building where she was born gives the date as 1896, but commemorative stamps were issued by Jersey Post Office in 1976 to commemorate the centenary of her birth), was Jersey's first woman doctor. She went to China as a Methodist missionary, where she met and married journalist Edwin John Dingle. She died in 1924 of typhus after setting up a clinic and leper colony in Yunnan province.

Jersey 1976 7p sg 165, scott?


Tonga issued in 1988 a miniature sheet for the Australian Bicentennial, the sheet depict the 200th anniversary of colonization of Australia.
Only one stamp the second of the top row depict a ship, most probably a convict ship, the first emigrant ships did arrive after 1800. It looks like the stamps have been designed after paintings, drawing or photos but a search on the net did not find the ship, and so her name is still unknown.
The person depict on the stamp is the first governor of Australia Captain Arthur Phillip, who arrived with the First Fleet in 1788.
The first stamp of the top row shows a painting of Captain Cook with what looks like part of his log book for his voyage to Australia.

Tonga 1988 42s sgMS 989, scott ?


On the sheetlet of Gabon depict famous sails of the XIX-XX.
600f- DOM FERNANDO II e GLORIA- see more details: viewtopic.php?f=2&t= 11124.
880f- СUTTY SARK - see more details: viewtopic.php?f=2&t= 9027.
1150f- FLYING CLOUD - see more details: viewtopic.php?f=2&t= 8507.
1500f- KRUSENSTERN - see more details: viewtopic.php?f=2&t= 8107.
Gabonaise 2017;600f;880f;1150f;1500f;Ms.


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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. ... 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.
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.

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