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The class was built as a nuclear attack submarine by General Dynamics Electro Boat Co., Groton for the USA Navy. Of this class three were built commissioned between 1997 and 2005. The last JIMMY CARTER had another tonnage and dim.
Displacement 7,460 tons standard, 9,137 tons full load, dim. 1007.6 x 12.9 x 11m. (draught).
Powered by one S6W PWR nuclear reactor, 52,000 shp, one shaft, pumpjet propulsor, speed + 35 knots.
Range, unlimited, endurance, till food supplies run out.
Diving depth + 800 feet.
Armament: 8 – 26 inch torpedo tubes, 40 torpedoes, 50 missiles or 100 mines.
Crew 140.
More on this class of three ships is given on:
2018 Al three are in active service.

I believe the USS CONNECTICUT is depict on this stamp. See photo and stamp. When I am correct the tugboat is the harbour tug USS NATCHITOCHES (799).

Solomon Islands 2016 $12.00 sg?, scott?

«Allerton»- iron full-rigged ship

An iron full-rigged ship built in 1884 by Oswald, Mordaunt & Co., Southampton, as Yard No. 224. Dimensions 83,17×12,23×7,50 meters and 1936 tons under deck.
In 1885 the Captain J. Gyllencreutz was appointed.
In 1910 sold to owners in Valparaiso, Chile, for £ 2600 and converted into a hulk.
The design stamp is made after painting of Christopher Blossom. In the picture we see: “The year is 1897 and the iron hull rigger "Allerton" makes her way up the East River, viewed from the piers of South Street. The last of the late afternoon sun just catches her toward her berth. The crew of the "Allerton" stands by on the fo-c'sle while some bystanders watch with perhaps some professional curiosity.” "Allerton" was typical of many latter day sailing ships being squeezed out of business by the competition with steam.
Somalia 2010;2500. Source: ... ype=artist.

Boston Navy Yard

The earliest naval shipbuilding activities in Charlestown, Massachusettsacross the Charles River and Boston harbor to the north from the city of Boston , began during the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). The land for the Charlestown Navy Yard was purchased by the United States government in 1800 and the yard itself established shortly thereafter. The yard built the first US ship of the line , "USS Independence" , but was primarily a repair and storage facility until the 1890s, when it started to build steel ships for the "New Navy". By then, it was called the Boston Navy Yard. Forty-six ships have been constructed in the Boston Navy Yard, the first vessel launched being the sloop of war Frolic in 1813, and the latest the Whitney, a destroyer tender, launched in 1923. Additional vessels have been constructed for other governmental departments. No. 1 drydock, built of granite, completed in 1833 was the first drydock built in this country, and the first vessel to enter it was the famous frigate Constitution. The U. S. S. Constitution, or "Old Ironsides" as it is commonly referred to, was built by the act of Congress which authorized the building of six frigates in the year 1793. Work has commenced on the frigate at "Moulton's Point," former name of the navy yard, in 1794 and she was launched in 1797. This famous old ship participated in forty battles and never suffered defeat. In 1927 work of rebuilding her was undertaken at this yard. The necessary funds for the rebuilding were raised by popular subscription, in addition to an appropriation of three hundred thousand dollars authorized by Congress in 1930 to complete the work. In the late 1880s and 1890s, the Navy began expanding again bringing into service new modern steel hulled steam-powered warships and that brought new life to the Yard. The design stamp is made after painting of Christopher Blossom.
Somalia 2010;2500.
Sources: ... e-barracks

DOLPHIN INS submarine

This stamp shows us a Dolphin class submarine of the Israeli Navy, the stamp is designed after a few design alternations were made in the design after a photo on: and shows us the DOLPHIN the lead ship of her class.

Built as a submarine by Thyssen Nordsee Werke in Emden, Germany for the Israeli Navy.
07 October 1994 keel laid down.
12 April 1996 launched as the INS DOLPHIN.
Displacement 1,640 ton surface, 1,900 ton submerged, dim. 57.3 x 6.8 x 6.2m (draught).
Powered: Diesel electric by 3 diesels, 4,243 shp, 3,164 kW., one shaft, speed 20 knots.
Test depth more as 350m.
Armament: 6 – 533mm torpedo tubes and 4 – 650mm torpedo tubes. She has the capacity to carry anti-ship missiles, mines, decoys and stn Atlas wire-guided DM2A3 torpedoes. The surface-to—surface missile is the submarine launched Harpoon which delivers a 227 kg warhead to a range of 130 km at high subsonic speed.
Crew 35 and 10 additional.
She was fitted out at the HDW yard in Kiel, Germany, and completed on 31 July 1999.

2018 Still a unit of the Israeli Navy and in service.

Source: Wikipedia and internet.
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SEVERODVINSK (K-560) submarine

On this stamp issued by the Solomon Islands in 2016 four submarines are depict, of which one shows us one of the Russian Severodvinsk class, there is not a Severodvinsk class submarine in the Russian Navy, the SEVERODVINSK is a ship of the Yasen-class.

She was built as a nuclear attack submarine by SevMash at Arkhangelskaya oblast, Severodvinsk for the Russian Navy.
1993 Laid down.
15 June 2010 launched as the SEVERODVINSK (K-560) one of the Yasen-class.
Displacement 5,800-7,700-9,500 ton surface, 8,200-13,800 submerged. Dim. 120 x 15 x 8.4m. (draught)
Powered by 1 KPM type pressurized water reactor ?kW, speed 20 knots surfaced, 28 knots (silent) submerged and maximum speed submerged 35 knots.
Armament: 8 – VL.S equipped silos for either 32 (8 x 4) Oniks or 40 (8 x 4) Kalibr-PI anti-ship, anti-submarine and land attack submarines launched weapon. Kh-10 cruise missiles. 10 torpedo tubes (8 x 650mm and 2 x 533mm).
Crew 90.
30 December 2013 commissioned. A unit of the Northern Russian Fleet.

K-560 SEVERODVINSK is a Yasen-class submarine nuclear attack submarine of the Russian Navy. The construction of the submarine started in 1993 and was first planned to be launched in 1998. However budgetary problems delayed the construction for years, and it was only launched on 15 June 2010. SEVERODVINSK began sea trials on 12 September 2011. The submarine returned from her first voyage by 6 October 2011.
SEVERODVINSK's torpedo-launching systems have been fitted behind the compartment of the central station.[
Trials and Operational History
On 7 November 2012, the boat (while submerged) successfully launched a Kalibr cruise missile (anti-ship version) at a sea target in the White Sea. Later that same month the submarine successfully test fired two additional (land attack) cruise missiles. The first land attack SLCM was launched on 26 November 2012 from a surfaced position and a second two days later from a submerged position.
SEVERODVINSK was handed over to the Navy in late December 2013. The flag-raising ceremony was held on 17 June 2014 marking its introduction into the Russian Navy.[
In November 2014 the submarine successfully tested its rescue capsule which surfaced from a depth of 40 metres (130 ft) with five crew members inside.
SEVERODVINSK became combat-ready in early 2016. At the end of April 2016 and in August 2017, K-560 conducted drills using 3M14 missiles.

Source: ... verodvinsk
Solomon Islands 2016 $12.00 sg?, scott 2080a.


Guinea Bissau issued a set of stamps with inland steamships. Guinea Bissau is a country which supplies us with an avalanche of stamps each year.

Built in 1911 in Nizhny-Novgorod for service on the Northern Dvina River.
Length : 110 m, breadth 14 m, draught 1.4 m
Engines : Triple expansion with cylinders of 38, 61 and 110 cm and stroke of 110 cm and generating 380 hp and a normal top speed of 18 km/hour.
Rarely in use but is available for charter and in recent years has been chartered for cruises generally of 2-3 nights by a local travel agency. In 2010/11 she was under internal renovation costing 40 million roubles and returned to service in 2012 offering a 7-night river tour in June and a three-night trip in July from Archangelsk for the Pomor Tours company.
2018 In service. She is better known as N.V. GOGUL.
Guinea Bissau 2009 600 FCFA sg?, scott?

BRITANNIC liner 1915.

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BRITANNIC liner 1915.

Postby shipstamps » Sun Mar 22, 2009 4:25 pm

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Built as a passenger vessel under yard No 433 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the Oceanic S.N.Co. Ltd, (White Star Line), Liverpool.
30 November 1911 laid down as GIGANTIC.
When her sister the TITANIC was lost on her maiden voyage, construction was halted to await the outcome of the inquire in her loss.
Several new design changes were incorporated in her building.
26 February 1914 launched as the BRITANNIC.
Tonnage 48.158 gross, dim. 269.1 x 29 x 10.5m. (draught).
Powered by triple expansion & steam turbines, total 50.000 hp, three screws speed maximum 23 knots.
When World War I broke out she was unfinished.
13 November 1915 requisitioned by the British Government and refitted in a hospital ship, repainted white.
08 December 1915 completed.

12 December 1915 she arrived in Liverpool under command of Capt. Charles A Bartlett with a crew of 675.
In Liverpool she was fitted out with 2034 berths, 1035 cots, a medical staff of 52 officers, 101 nurses, and 336 orderlies joined her there. The same day was she commissioned as HMHS BRITANNIC.

23December 1915 she left Liverpool bound for Mudros on the Isles of Lemnos, where she would join the AQUITANIA, MAURETANIA and OLYMPIC in the Dardanelles Service.
She completed five successful voyages from the Middle Eastern theatre of war to the U.K with sick and wounded troops.

12 November 1916 she began on her sixth voyage from the U.K. to the Mediterranean. She made a call at Naples, where she arrived on 17 November for coaling, a storm delayed her departure there, and she sailed on Sunday after the weather had improved. Via the Strait of Messina and Cape Matapan Greek south coast which was rounded 21 November.
When passing the Kea Channel, Aegean Sea the same day around 20.00 she hit a mine laid an hour previously by the German submarine U-73 under command of Lt. Comdr. Siehs.
She sank after 55 minutes, from the 1125 peoples on board 30 died, most of this deaths happened when two lifeboats were launched before the vessel was stopped, and the boats were sucked into the still turning propellers, 28 people were injured.

The wreck was discovered in 1976 by Jacques Cousteau and she lay on her side in about 350 feet of water.

The stamp of Gambia her name is misspelled with on N.
The Great Britain stamp of 1999 sg2090 is almost certain the BRITANNIC under construction at Belfast.

Source: Wikipedia. Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the age of steam 1824-1962 by Charles Hocking.
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Re: BRITANNIC liner 1915.

Postby john sefton » Wed May 13, 2009 10:11 pm

DIVERS this week hope to shed light on the fate of the luxury liner Britannic, sunk by a mysterious explosion near the Greek island of Kea in 1916 while on her way to pick up British war casualties from the Middle East. Of more than 1,100 people on board, 28 died, sucked under by the ship's propellers as she went down. A sister ship to the Titanic and about a tenth larger, the Britannic lies on her starboard side nearly 400ft down in the Kea channel. As one of the world's biggest wrecks, the largely intact hull and superstructure have been
by such marine luminaries as the late Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who discovered it 20 years ago, and Robert Ballard, who discovered the wreck of the Titanic. Despite those efforts, why the Britannic sank a mere 57 minutes after the blast ripped a gash in her bow, and what caused the explosion, remain unanswered questions.
Nineteen divers working on "Project Britannic 97" said they had taken video footage of metal fragments found on and near the wreck to test the prevailing theory that the ship hit a mine or was torpedoed. The team, which includes one Briton, has been diving at the site for several weeks.
On November 21, the day of the sinking, Britain had been in the process of increasing its military presence in the Middle East for more than a year. British forces were finding it difficult to dislodge the Turks from Palestine and had lost two battles in Gaza. Mounting casualties drove the Government to requisition the Britannic after her maiden commercial voyage and turn her into a hospital ship.
She never finished her first voyage in her new capacity — to collect wounded soldiers on the island of Lesbos, and take them to Southampton. Survivors described later how Captain Charles Bartlett, the master, nosed the liner at full speed towards Kea in a vain attempt to run her aground and save lives.
(Newspaper article date not known.)
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Re: BRITANNIC liner 1915.

Postby placid » Thu May 14, 2009 10:35 am

on what basis do you think that the ship on the gb stamp is" almost certainly the brittanic " when her sister ships might have had the same colour hull ?
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Re: BRITANNIC liner 1915.

Postby aukepalmhof » Fri May 15, 2009 10:01 pm

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Her two sisters were built together, and there is only one ship on the slipway, the BRITANNIC was built later.

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Re: BRITANNIC liner 1915.

Postby john sefton » Tue May 26, 2009 9:32 am

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A highly respected British diver has died during the exploration of a shipwreck off the coast of Greece.
Carl Spencer, 37, had been leading a 17-man National Geographic Society expedition to film Britannic, sister ship of Titanic, off the island of Kea when he suffered severe decompression sickness (DCS), also known as the bends, during an emergency ascent to the surface.
The 53,000-ton Britannic, even larger than her famous sibling and deemed equally "unsinkable", was lost in 57 minutes after hitting a mine in 1916 while serving as a hospital ship during the First World War.
The wreck was discovered in 1975 by the French undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, but, lying at about 300ft (90m), it pushes divers to the limits of endurance.
Report in the "Times" Newspaper May 26th 2009.
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Re: BRITANNIC liner 1915.

Postby john sefton » Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:34 pm

There has been some discussion regarding which ship is illustrated on the GB stamp.
Derek Mabbs has contacted the Royal Mail and has had a reply as follows:-
According to the artist, Bill Sanderson, the ship depicted on the stamp is a "composite of RMS Titanic, HMS Britannic and RMS Olympic".
I think that clears the matter up. Well done Derek.
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