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ALLEN GARDINER schooner 1854

The Falkland Islands Post issued in 1994 a set of stamps for the South American Missionary Society, the 65p stamp shows us the wooden missionary schooner ALLEN GARDINER which was built in 1854, at the Kelly’s yard in Dartmouth,
01 November 1853 keel laid down.
11 July 1854 launched as the ALLAN GARDINER.
She was 50 ton burthen, dim. 19.5 x 5.2 x 3.2m.
It is given that she was first fitted out with an auxiliary engine which was removed around 1887.
24 October 1854 she sailed from Bristol under command of Captain William Parker Snow.
ALLEN GARDINER was a schooner owned by the South American Mission Society, based in England. Built in 1854, the schooner was named after Captain Allen Gardiner, the founder of the society. He had died of starvation with the rest of his mission party on Picton Island in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in 1852, after resupply was delayed.
The schooner was sailed to Keppel Island, Falklands, to support the missionary effort there and in Tierra del Fuego. In the fall of 1858, it was used to return some Yahgan natives to Wulaia after their months-long visit on Keppel. After the ship did not return, the missionary society sent out the NANCY to try to discover what had happened. In 1860, the captain and crew found one British survivor at Wulaia. They learned that the captain and rest of the crew of the ALLEN GARDINER were all killed by the Yahgan on November 1, 1859 after a conflict. SAMS withdrew for some time from trying to establish a mission in Tierra del Fuego, but one was established in 1871.
In 1858 ALLEN GARDINER was used to return a Yahgan family to Wulaia, and it brought others to Keppel Island to study with missionaries. Homesick, they departed after several months in October 1858, again on the ALLEN GARDINER. The idea had been to educate the Yahgan in English and Christianity. They and the British suffered serious cultural misunderstandings. When the ALLEN GARDINER failed to return to Keppel Island, Captain William Horton Smyley was sent to Tierra del Fuego in 1860 on the ship NANCY to investigate. Smyley discovered the ship afloat at Wulaia, but stripped of all valuable possessions. He learned from the one survivor, the cook, that Captain Fell, four mates, two seaman, and the catechist, Garland Philips, were all killed by Yahgan while on shore on November 6, 1859.
The ship's cook and sole survivor of the massacre, Alfred Cole, was rescued by Captain Smyley. Cook later described the attack:
One of the sailors complained to Captain Fell that several articles belonging to the crew had been stolen. Captain Fell gave orders for the [natives'] bundles to be searched. When the bundles were examined, the missing property was found in them and returned to its rightful owners.
The Yahgan natives were angered by the search. While on board the ship, one attacked the captain, grasping him by the throat. Captain Fell threw off the man and sent all the Yahgan on the ship to shore. On November 6, 1859, Yahgan men attacked and killed Fell and most of the crew while they were holding church services on shore.
Wreck
On August 10, 1893, ALLEN GARDINER, under command of Captain Robert Thompson, was seriously damaged during a storm. Captain Thompson was found to have acted wrongly by attempting to sail the ship in poor conditions. He received "severe censure".
The wreck report is given on this site: http://www.plimsoll.org/resources/SCCLi ... /16527.asp

Falkland Islands 1994 65p sg726, scott623.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Gardiner_(schooner) and various internet sites.

KWEILIN

Built as a cargo vessel under yard no 473 by Taikoo Dock Yard & Engene Co. Ltd., Hongkong for China Navigation Co. Ltd, Hongkong.
12 September 1961 launched as the KWEILIN.
Tonnage 5,9092 grt, 3,213 nrt, 6,477 dwt, dim. 128.7 x 17.1 x 7.31m. (draught), length bpp.128.7m
One 4-cyl. Doxford diesel manufactured by the shipbuilder, 4,450 bhp., one shaft, speed 14.5 knots.
January 1962 delivered to owners.

After delivery used in the liner services of the company.
January 1974 sold to Rogers & Co Ltd, Port Louis, Mauritius and renamed ROGERS TRADER.
1982 Sold to Pacific International Lines (pte) Ltd,, Singapore and renamed in KOTA BERJAYA.
14 February 1986 arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan and was broken up by the Jilani Corp.

Uganda 2016 50000S sg?, scott?
Sources: http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz Beancaker to Boxboat by Dick and Kentwell. Merchant ships World Built Vol. X 1962.

COAT OF ARMS MURMANSK

The coat of arms of Murmansk is a rectangular heraldic shield divided into two parts – azure and gold ones. There are golden silhouettes of aurora polaris and a ship in azure field, there is a silhouette of fish in golden field.

Colours on the shield have the following meanings: azure and gold represent the polar night and the day, the golden colour of the lower part represents the wealth of the seas, which lets Murmansk fishermen earn their living. The silhouette of a ship reflects Murmansk as a major seaport, and a silhouette of fish represents the main industry of the city – the fishing. Aurora polaris underlines the geographical location of the city – in the Arctic Circle.

Russia 2016 19R sg?, Scott?
http://www.rusmarka.ru/en/catalog/marka ... 30531.aspx

MASIRAH

Built as a cargo vessel under yard No 511 by Wm. Hamilton & Co. at the Glen yard Port Glasgow for T & J Brocklebank Ltd., Liverpool.
23 October 1956 launched as the MASIRAH the first of five sisterships.
Tonnage 8,733 grt, 10,530 dwt. Dim. 151.5 x 19.3 x 8.53m., length bpp.142.6m.
Powered by three geared Rowan steam turbines, 6,250 shp. one shaft, speed 15 knots.
Cargo capacity 548,479 cubic ft.
All the masts are of the Bipod type, has sixteen 10 ton derricks, two 5 ton derrick and one of 70 ton.
February 1957 delivered to owners.

Was used by the owner in his services from the United Kingdom to the Middle East and Far East and United States ports.
1968 Transferred to Cunard SS Co Ltd., Liverpool.
1972 Sold to Cia Maritima San Basilio SA, Piraeus, Greece and renamed EURYSTHENES.
On a voyage from Hamburg via Charleston to Yokohama with a general cargo she ran aground on Calantas Rock in the San Bernardino Strait of the east coast of the Philippines between Samar and Luzon Island on 25 April 1974.
After being refloated on 21 May she was towed to Manila where she was declared a constructive total loss due to the severity of the damage sustained and she was sold to Taiwan shipbreakers.
03 October 1974 she arrived at Kaohsiung and was broken up by Pai Chou Steel.

Uganda 2016 1000s sg?, scott?
Source: http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz Merchant Ships Vol VI 1957. Modern Shipping Disasters 1963-1987.

THÉO VAN RYSSELBERGHE painting MAN ON RUDDER

The stamp shows us a painting made by the Belgium painter Theo van Rysselberghe (1862-1926) and shows us a man on the helm of a partly visible sailing vessel, while in the background you can see what looks like a barque rigged vessel. Not any information on the ships depict.
More info is given on the painter by Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%A9o ... sselberghe.

Belgium 1992 30f sg3132, scott1456.

WINSLOW HOMER painting BREEZING UP

Winslow Homer painting “Breezing up” shows us a catboat from Gloucester, Mass., the book Aak to Zumbra a dictionary of the World’s Watercraft gives on the catboat used in that region of the USA as follows:
Developed in the mid-1800s for shoal waters fishing and lobstering along the shores of Cape Cod and became a widely used pleasure and racing craft. Characteristically shallow, very beamy, and cat rigged with a stout unstayed mast stepped well forward and fitted with a boomed gaff mainsail. Clinker or carvel built, plump stem, later tumble home; fine bow. Hollow waterline; shallow V-shaped midsection with transom stern, counter on some; high rounded bilges; strong sheer toward bow. Usually a large oval cockpit with high coaming, some open or half decked (the stamp shows a half decked catboat) often a cabin forward. Wide-bladed rudder on transom type, tiller used initially, later a wheel common, especially on pleasure boats. Centreboard with a high centreboard box, some have a full keel in lieu of a centreboard.
Reported lengths from 3 – 13.7m. beam almost half length; shallow draft.

In the background on the right side is a schooner under full sail shown, Gloucester was famous for the fishing schooners built there.

On the painting is given by Wikipedia.
Breezing Up (A Fair Wind) is an oil painting by American artist Winslow Homer. It depicts a catboat called the GLOUCESTER (If the craft was called GLOUCESTER or was she from the port of Gloucester, Mass is not clear.) chopping through that city's harbor under "a fair wind" (Homer's original title). Inside the boat are a man, three boys, and their catch.
Homer began the canvas in New York in 1873, after he had visited Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he first worked in watercolor. He used the sketches made there, of which the most closely related is Sailing the Catboat (1873), for the oil painting, which he worked on over three years. Infrared reflectography has revealed the many changes he made to the composition during this time, including the removal of a fourth boy near the mast and a second schooner in the distance. At one point the adult held both the sheet and the tiller, a position initially adapted from an oil study of 1874 titled The Flirt. The painting's message is positive; despite the choppy waves, the boaters look relaxed. The anchor that replaced the boy in the bow was understood to symbolize hope. The boy holding the tiller looks forward to the horizon, a statement of optimism about his future and that of the young United States.
The finished work indicates that the significant influence of Japanese art on Western painters in the 19th century also touched Homer, particularly in the compositional balance between the left (active) and right (sparse) halves. Homer had visited France in 1866 and 1867, and the influence of marine scenes by the French painters Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet is apparent as well. Not all of Homer's sea pictures are so benevolent as Breezing Up: he portrayed waves crashing ashore as did Courbet (see for example The Wave, c. 1869). Monet's relatively early paintings Seascape: Storm (1867) and The Green Wave (1866) show boats on somewhat turbulent seas.

Completed in the centennial year 1876, the painting was first exhibited at the National Academy of Design that year, then at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. By 1879, it had come to be known as Breezing Up, a title that was not the artist's but one which he did not seem to object to. A contemporary critic described the painting: "It is painted in [Homer's] customary coarse and negligé style, but suggests with unmistakable force the life and motion of a breezy summer day off the coast. The fishing boat, bending to the wind, seems actually to cleave the waves. There is no truer or heartier work in the exhibition." Another wrote, "Much has already been said in praise of the easy, elastic motion of the figures of the party in the sailboat, which is scudding along through blue water under 'a fair wind.' They sway with the rolling boat, and relax or grow rigid as the light keel rises or sinks upon the waves. Every person who has been similarly situated can recall how, involuntarily, his back stiffened or his knees bent as he felt the roll of the waves beneath him."
Today, Breezing Up is considered an iconic American painting, and among Homer's finest. The National Gallery of Art purchased the work in 1943, described by the institution's web site as "one of the best-known and most beloved artistic images of life in nineteenth-century America."

USA 1962 4c sg1210, scott?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breezing_Up_(A_Fair_Wind)
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Tynwald

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Tynwald was built by Robert Napier and launched in 1846. With a gross tonnage of 700, she had dimensions: 188 ft. (b.p.) x 27 ft. x 13 ft 6 in. and was rigged as a barquentine. Her cost was £21,500 and she was in service until 1866 when she was sold. A particular point of interest is that her figure head represented a Manx - Scandinavian king in armour.
British Sailors Society label. SG543 Sea Breezes7/54
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Re: Tynwald

Postby aukepalmhof » Tue Jul 07, 2009 9:48 pm

She was built as an iron 3-mast paddle steamer by R.Napier & Sons at Glasgow for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Ltd.
Launched on 28 April 1846 under the name TYNWALD, named after the ancient hull or mound upon which the laws of the island are yearly promulgated.
Tonnage 700 tons, dim. 188 x 13.6 x 16.6ft.
Oscillating steam engine 280 nhp, speed around 18/19 knots.
She carried a figurehead of a full length Manx Scandinavian king in armor. Had a clipper bow.
Had accommodation for 781 passengers.
Building cost £ 21.500.

Used in the passenger and cargo service between Liverpool and the Island of Man. Her cabins were elegantly furnished and decorated and there was a large deck-saloon.
Her first voyage from Liverpool to Douglas a distance of 84 miles, she covered in 4 hours and 18 minutes.
When on charter with the Liverpool and Belfast Company in December 1846 she collided with the mail steamer URGENT during dense fog, damaged one of her paddleboxes. There was a repair bill of £386 but the company claimed from the other party the nice sum of £2.004 in compensation for damage and loss of earnings, the claim was settled for £ 1.489.
During the winter seasons in 1850 she was chartered for a voyage to the Mediterranean, she made calls in Gibraltar, Genoa and Leghorn before returning home, she made the roundtrip in 30 days.
December 1863 in collision with the Naval brig WILD WAVE, costing the company £1.128.
During 1861 she carried the new appointed Lieutenant Governor Pigott to the island, he settled in Douglass.
From 1863 was she only used as cargo vessel.
1866 Sold for £5.000 to Caird and Co in part payment for TYNWALD II. Broken up the same year.

On the stamp she is depict moored alongside in the port of Douglas.

Source: West Coast Steamers by Duckworth and Langmuir. Island Lifeline by Connery Chappell. Some websites but lost the URL.
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