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PHARAOH NECHO ships 600 B.C.

Somewhere between the years 610 and 594 B.C. some Phœnician ships, acting under instructions from Pharaoh Necho, who reigned from 612-596 BC, are said to have circumnavigated Africa, having proceeded from the Indian to the Southern Ocean, and thence round by the Atlantic and through the Pillars of Hercules home. The voyage occupied more than two years, a circumstance which was due to the fact that they always landed in the autumn and sowed a tract of country with corn, and waited on shore till it was fit to cut. In the time of Solomon the joint fleets of the Israelites and Phœnicians made voyages from the head of the Red Sea down the coasts of Arabia and Eastern Africa, and even to Persia and Beluchistan, and probably also to India. The Phœnicians were not only great traders themselves, but they manned the fleets of other nations, and built ships for other peoples, notably for the Egyptians and Persians. It is unfortunate that we have so few representations of the Phœnician ships, but we are justified in concluding that they were of the same general type as those which were used by the Greeks, the Carthaginians, and eventually by the Romans. The representations of their vessels known to be in existence were found by the late Sir Austin Layard in the palace built by King Sennacherib at Kouyunjik, near Nineveh, about 700 B.C. Though they were obviously rather symbols of ships than faithful representations, we can, nevertheless, gather from them that the warship was a galley provided with a ram, and fitted with a mast carrying a single square sail; there were also two banks of oars on each side. The steering was accomplished by two large oars at the stern, and the fighting troops were carried on a deck or platform raised on pillars above the heads of the rowers.

The vessel depict on the stamp is an Egyptian vessel from around 1600 BC and not one from around 600 BC see: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=14305&p=16144&hilit=ancient+Egyptian+ship#p16144
Source: ... tm#Page_27
Uganda 1989 150s sg 765, scott722

Hermes, Gypsey Schooner and Belle Poule.

HMS HERMES was a 20-gun class sixth-rate post ship built in Milford Dockyard in 1811. On 11 February 1812 Hermes captured the American brig Flora. Then on 26 April Hermes captured the American brig Tigress. Four days later, HERMES and BELLE POULE captured the American privateer schooner GIPSY (or Gipsey). She was on her way from New York City to Bordeaux with a cargo worth ₤50,000 when the British vessels captured her in the mid-Atlantic after a three-day chase. Gipsey surrendered twice to Hermes and twice got away again before Belle Poule caught her. Gipsey was of 300 tons (bm) and was armed with twelve 18-pounder carronades and an 18-pounder gun on a pivot mount.In September 1814, master Percy led her in an unsuccessful attack on Fort Bowyer. The Louisiana State Museum has a map of the battle. The attack took place on 15 September at about 4:30pm. Two of the four British vessels could not get close enough to fire. The fort was more strongly armed than expected, the British fire was ineffective, and a parallel ground attack failed. Furthermore, as she tried to withdraw, Hermes grounded under the guns of the fort. Percy evacuated her crew on boats from Sophie and then set fire to Hermes, which blew up after the fire reached her magazine at around 10pm. In all, Hermes had lost 17 killed in action, 5 mortally wounded and 19 wounded. (The medical journal of the Hermes has survived. ) She was destroyed in 1814 to prevent her falling into American hands after grounding during her unsuccessful attack on Fort Bowyer on Mobile Pointoutside Mobile, Alabama. On 18 January 1815, Percy faced a court martial on board Cydnus, off Cat Island (Mississippi). The court acquitted him of all blame, finding that the circumstances justified the attack and that all involved had behaved with great gallantry. HMS BELLE POULE was a Royal Navy fifth rate frigate, formerly Belle Poule, a Virginie-class frigate of the French Navy, which was built by the Crucy family's shipyard at Basse-Indre to a design by Jacques-Noël Sané. She was launched on 17 April 1802, and saw active service in the East, but in 1806 a British squadron under Sir John Borlase Warren captured her off La Palma in the Canary Islands. The Admiralty commissioned her into the Royal Navy as HMS Belle Poule. At the time of her capture Belle Poule was armed with forty 18-pounder guns, had a crew of 320 men, and was under the command of Captain Brouillac. Marengo and Belle Poule had lost 65 men killed and 80 wounded. The British on London and Amazon had 13 officers and men killed and 26 officers and men wounded. Belle Poule returned to Portsmouth on 17 May 1815. A week later she sailed for Cork. She was converted to a prison hulk in 1815. She was sold on 11 June 1816 for ₤2,700. The design stamp is made after painting of John Bentham Dinsdale: “Hermes, Gypsey Schooner and Belle Poule”.
Somali 2017;


The sixth issue from Maritime Malta series consists of 3 stamps featuring vessels dating back to the Order of Saint John.

For many years, warships, such as the galley, were used by the Mediterranean naval powers. In fact this type of ship served for many years as the backbone of the Navy of the Order of Saint John. The Galley was characterised by its long, slender and shallow hull. These vessels were usually painted red with a white waterline and while most vessels at the time had sails, however the primary method of propulsion was the human strength of prisoners.

The 26c stamp depicts a model of the common galley, also known as Sensile. This was armed with five bronze cannon on the bow and propelled by 26 oars on each side. Three to five people were needed for each oar and this vessel was also rigged with two lateen sails. This model is on display at the Malta Maritime Museum.

The 42c Stamp depicts a model known as the Demi Galley or the Half Galley. This was introduced in 1742 and was a smaller version of the common galley. The development of this galley came at the time when availability of prisoners as oarsmen was scarce hence the smaller number of rowers needed. This galley was equipped with one large calibre bronze cannon on the bow. This model is on display at the Malta Maritime Museum and it is considered as the only surviving Demi Galley model known.

The 1 stamp shows a model of a brigantine. This was the ceremonial barge of the Portuguese Grand Master Antonio Manoel de Vilhena and was painted green with a white waterline. It was fitted with nine oars on each side and was not designed for long voyages, with storage space kept at a minimum. It is documented that Grand Master de Vilhena travelled to Gozo in this vessel. This model underwent extensive restoration in 1964 and it is on display at the Malta Maritime Museum.

Source: Joseph Abela (Heritage Malta) ... sues%2fphi
Malta 2018 0.26/1.00 Euro sg?, scott? (The 1.00 Euro has the year 2019 printed on it)


Antigua & Barbuda issued in 1988 a set of stamps and a miniature sheet for the “Sailing week yacht regatta 1988”. All stamps and sheet shows sailing yachts of which I have not any information. Of the regatta Wikipedia has the following:

Antigua and Barbuda Sailing Week is a yacht regatta held at Nelson's Dockyard, St. Johns, Antigua. It is one of Antigua's most notable events. Founded in 1967, it is cited as one of the top regattas in the world and attracts an average 150-200 yachts, 1500 participants and 5000 spectators on average annually. In 2012 the regatta was held between 29 April and 4 May. In 2005, 24 countries were represented at the regatta. There are five main races held, including the English Harbour race, and at the end of the week the event finishes with the Lord Nelson's Ball.
Antigua & Barbuda 1988 30c/$5 sg 1190/93 and sgMS 1194, Scott 1112/16


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?


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Postby aukepalmhof » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:15 pm

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Built as a 3th Rate ship-of-the-line by the Portsmouth Drydock for the Royal Navy.
12 October 1768 ordered.
May 1769 keel laid down.
03 September 1777 launched under the name HMS LION.
Tonnage 1.377 ton, dim. 159.0 x 44.8 x 19.0ft.
Armament: Lower deck 26 – 24pdrs., upper deck 26 – 18pdrs., quarter deck 10 – 9 pdrs., forecastle 2 – 9pdrs. (1794 increased with 2 – 24pdrs. carronades), poopdeck from 1794, 6 – 18pdrs..
Crew 500.
07 September 1778 completed.

May 1778 commissioned.
06 July 1779 she fought in the Battle of Grenada under command of Capt. William Cornwallis, she was badly damaged, and forced to run down winds to Jamaica, she stayed the next year on the Jamaica station.
March 1780 she came in action with two other Royal Navy ships to a larger French force off San Domingo, while a second action took place off Bermuda in June 1780 with a French force carrying the troops of Rochambeau to North America. The British squadron was not strong enough, and the French squadron did not seek the confrontation and pressed on. Most probably the LION and her squadron were homeward bound.
December 1780 till January 1781 refitted and coppered at Portsmouth.
August 1783 after the war she paid off.
Under repair from February till September 1787 at Portsmouth.
June 1790 re-commissioned under Capt. Seymour Finch, for the Spanish.
September 1791 paid off.
Again fitted out at Portsmouth from March till July 1792.
May 1792 re-commissioned under command of Sir Erasmus Gower.
26 September 1792 she sailed out from Spithead with on board Lord Mccartney’s with his suite of 100 beside soldiers and servants for the court at Peking as ambassador to the Chinese Emperor Tchien Lung. With her was the tender HMS JACKALL and the East Indiaman HINDUSTAN.
The JACKALL lost contact in a gale off Portland on 28th September and made the voyage independently till she made again contact on 23 March 1793.
On her passage from Batavia to North Island (where is that?) she struck a knoll, but got not much damage.
October 1794 after her return paid off at Chatham, got a refit there till April 1795.

February 1795 re-commissioned under command of Capt.George Palmer, for the North Sea station.
Command was later taken over by Capt. Henry Inman.
1796 Command taken over by Capt. Edmund Crawley her crew took part in the Noire mutiny in 1797.
July 1797 command taken over by Charles Cobb, and in September 1797 under command of Capt. Manley Dixon.
02 June 1798 sailed for the Mediterranean, took part in the blockade of Malta 1798 –1800.
15 July 1798 came in action against the Spanish frigates SANTA CAZILDA (34-guns), POMONA, PROSERPINE, and SANTA DOROTEA off Cartagena, the SANTA DOROTEA armed with 42 guns and a crew of 370 was captured. The LION had only 2 men wounded.
08 April under command of Capt. Lord William Stuart till July when command was taken over by Capt George Hammond.
30 August 1800 together with the PENELOPE and FOUDROYANT took the French Le GUILLAUME TELL off Malta. During this action she lost 8 men and got 38 wounded.
November 1800 paid off at Chatham, got a refit there from February till May 1801.
March 1801 re-commissioned under command of Capt. Henry Mitford.
19 May 1801 sailed together with a convoy of East Indiamen from Portsmouth for China.
1803 After her return in reserve at Chatham.
Under repair by John Dudman at Deptford from December 1804 till December 1805.
December 1805 under command of Robert Rolles, and January 1805 re-commissioned.
May 1806 sailed for the East Indies, convoyed home some East Indiamen. After her return in the Channel Fleet.
27 December 1807 took the privateer La RÉCIPROCITÉ (14-guns) which had sailed from Dieppe off Beachy Head.
February 1808 under command of Capt. Henry Heathcote, 05 March 1808 she sailed for China.
18 July 1810 sailed again for the East Indies.
July 1811 at reduction at Java.
1812 Flagship of Vice Admiral Robert Stopford at the Cape of Good Hope.
From 1812 till 1813 under difference captains flagship of Rear Admiral Charles Tyler at the Cape.
August 1814 fitted out as a sheer hulk at Plymouth.
September 1816 moved to Sheerness.
30 November 1837 sold to John Levy & Son at Chatham for £2.300 for breaking up.

She is one of the two-deckers depict on the stamp.

Source: British Warships in the age of Sail 1793 – 1817 by Rif Winfield.
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