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PYROSCHAPHE paddle steamer 1784

The image shown is of a model made by de Jouffroy in 1784 to show the French Science Academy the engine and paddle wheels used on the PYROSCAPHE. The model is now in the National Maritime Museum in Paris.
PYROSCAPHE was an early experimental steamship built by Marquis de Jouffroy d'Abbans in 1783. The first demonstration took place on 15 July 1783 on the river Saône in France. After the first demonstration, it was said that the hull had opened up and the boiler was letting out steam, faults common in early steamboats. In this case, it seems to have been easily repaired as the boat was said to have made several trips up and down the river. A month later, on 19 August, the boat carried several passengers who signed a witness protocol for a successful journey.
The PYROSCAPHE was propelled by a double-acting steam machine and sidewheels, and was therefore a paddle steamer.
Specifications
(These figures are somewhat dubious, see Talk:PYROSCAPHE.)
• Length: 45,2 m/148 ft 6 in
• Beam: 4,5 m/14 ft 10 in
• Displacement: 163t
• Complement: 3

More info on Jouffroy is given on:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude-Fr ... d%27Abbans
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PYROSCAPHE
France 2016 1.25 Euro, sg?, scott?

La GRANDE HERMINE trawler 1985

Saint Pierre et Miquelon issued in 2016 an stamp which depict another trawler with the name La GRANDE HERMINE.
She was built as a stern-factory trawler under yard No 1325 by Ateliers et Chantiers de la Manche at Dieppe, France for Compagnie des Péches Saint-Malo, France.
30 March 1985 launched as the GRANDE HERMINE.
Tonnage 987 grt, 391 net, dim. 61.5 x 15.0 x 5.4m. Length bpp. 54.43m, draught 5.35m.
Powered by one 6-cyl. Sulzer diesel engine 2,700 hp ( 1,987 kW), one shaft, speed 14.3 knots, Controllable pitch propeller.
Crew 30
23 September 1985 delivered to owners, registry port Saint Malo.

Built for the fishing in the North Atlantic waters for haddock and cod. When fishing in the waters of St Pierre et Miquelon and the Grand Banks she is based in St Pierre.
2016 In service, same name and owners, IMO No 8407175.

St Pierre et Miquelon 2016 1.10 Euro sg?, scott?
Source: http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz Bureau Veritas

ELIZABETH 1577

ELIZABETH: She was one of the ships of Francis Drake expedition to the Pacific, which sailed from Plymouth on 13 December 1577.
Were built unknown, tonnage 80 tons burthen, 16 guns and under command of Captain John Winter who was the second in command of the fleet.
The voyage is well known, and I will not repeat it.
After passing the Strait of Magellan on 8 October 1578 the ELIZABETH in a strong gale lost contact with the GOLDEN HIND and Captain de Winter decided to return back to England, thinking that the GOLDEN HIND had sunk.
02 June 1579 she arrived back in Plymouth, with part of the loot they had made on the voyage.
Fate unknown.

British Virgin Islands 1997 40c sg983, scott876h

MARIA or MARY

Not much is known of the MARY which is given on the stamp as MARIA, only that it was a Spanish ship, some sources give a Portuguese ship.
While in the Cape Verde Islands, the fleet captured six Spanish ships, including the SANTA MARIA, which contained the Portuguese pilot Nuňo da Silva who knew the waters of the Pacific. His ship was renamed the MARY and put under command of Thomas Doughty, a gentleman adventurer aboard
Most of the captured ships Drake get rid of, but the SANTA MARY joined his fleet. On the Argentinian coast during a storm she lost contact with the fleet, later she joined the fleet again but it was found that she was severe damaged in the storm and her hull was rotten. Drake decided to destroy her before she were passing the Strait of Magellan.

Source: Various internet sites.
British Virgin Islands 1997 40c sg984, scott876i.

SWAN 1577

Of the SWAN not much I known, there were two ships with the name SWAN used by Drake and the sources sometimes mix up the two. .
Drake used a SWAN (1) on his early expeditions to the West Indies, so far not depict on a stamp.
He made two voyages to the West Indies, in 1570 and 1571, of which little is known, the vessel used was the SWAN (1) a flyboat of 50 tons. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flyboat
In 1572, he embarked on his first major independent enterprise. He planned an attack on the Isthmus of Panama, known to the Spanish as Tierra Firme and the English as the Spanish Main. This was the point at which the silver and gold treasure of Peru had to be landed and sent overland to the Caribbean Sea, where galleons from Spain would pick it up at the town of Nombre de Dios. Drake left Plymouth on 24 May 1572, with a crew of 73 men in two small vessels, the PASCHA (70 tons) and the SWAN (1) (25 tons? ), to capture Nombre de Dios.
His first raid was late in July 1572. Drake and his men captured the town and its treasure. When his men noticed that Drake was bleeding profusely from a wound, they insisted on withdrawing to save his life and left the treasure. He recovered but did not have sufficient men to crew both ships and three pinnaces, he decided to abandon the SWAN (1), she was set on fire.
Drake marauding for almost one year the coast of Panama before he sailed home with his loot, Arrived Plymouth 09 August 1573.

SWAN (2) depict on the British Virgin Island stamp. Where and when built I could not find.
It is given she was a flyboat of 25 ton, armed with 5 guns. And she sailed with Drake’s fleet on 15 November 1577 from Plymouth under command of John Chester.
She was abandoned due to not sufficient men to man the other ships of the fleet at Puerto San Julián, Patagonia on 17 August 1578. Other sources give that she was broken up on the coast of Argentina, and her useable parts divided across the other ships of the fleet.

British Virgin Islands 1887 40c sg981, scott876f.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Drake

Fishing in Barbados

This set issued by Barbados in 1991 of four stamps shows us “Fishing in Barbados”
1) 5c The afterdeck of a fishing vessel with boxes of fish catched that day. Watercraft on stamps II, ATA Handbook 156 gives that she is the ERICA.
2) 50c Catching of a fish by a line.
3) 75c Cleaning of fish, with in the background an open fishing boat.
4) $2.50 Weighing of a swordfish, with in the background a fishing launch.

Barbados 1991 5c/$2.50 sg 952/55, scott799/802.
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MUREX tanker 1892

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MUREX tanker 1892

Postby shipstamps » Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:33 pm


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Built as a tanker under yard No. 442 by W.Gray & Co., Ltd. of West Hartlepool for Marcus .Samuel & Co., London.
28 May 1892 launched under the name MUREX, named after the Latin name of a shell.
Tonnage 3.564 gross, 2.329 net. dim. 338.0 x 43.0 x 26.4ft.
One triple expansion steam engine aft, ?hp
Five oil tanks. To make her as safe as possible during a collision the tanks were placed in the amidships section of the hull. Under the oil tanks there was a double bottom and on the forward of the tanks and between the tanks and boiler- engine room a cofferdam was placed.
July 1892 completed.


She was designed by Fortescue Flannery, and would be used for the transport of oil from the Black Sea mostly to Far Eastern ports.
26 July 1892 the MUREX was completed and set sail under command of Capt. John R. Coudon in ballast for Batum in the Black Sea.
After loading there a cargo of kerosene she headed for the Far East.
24 August 1892 she passed the Suez Canal, she was the first tanker, which sailed through the canal, and arrived 16 September 1892 at Singapore with 4.720 tons of kerosene, the first tanker who arrived at this port.

1898 The company was renamed in Shell Transport & Trading Co. Ltd. (M. Samuel & Co.) London, and the MUREX were transferred to the new company together with the other 13 vessels of the company.
01 January1907 the company amalgamated with the Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., and became the Royal Dutch Shell Group.
1907 The MUREX was transferred to the Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co. Ltd. at London.

21 December 1916 torpedoed by the German submarine U-73, 94 miles NW off Port Said, and sunk, with the loss of one men.

Singapore 1980 $2 sg 374.

Some websites. Register of Merchant ships completed in 1892.
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